If you’re like me, you love the Ford Focus ST, which was one of the most exciting, thrilling, fun-loving hatchbacks manufactured in the last decade. It was quick, handled well, had a lot of spunk and wasn’t tremendously expensive. The Focus ST was awesome. But wouldn’t a wagon version have been cool?
For those of us who love fast wagons — a group I squarely fit into, as I’ve had two Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagons and a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon — the idea of a Focus ST wagon is an appealing one. As it turns out, it existed. In Europe, Ford sold the Focus ST as a hatchback, just like we got here in the United States, or as a station wagon, with a longer roof and an elongated cargo area, and the usual wagon styling and practicality.
You’ll notice, however, that I don’t mention Ford sold it with the same engine. That’s because the Focus ST wagon — or, rather, Estate — offered in Europe was a diesel. Ford made it by taking the regular Focus Estate sold in Europe and ST-ifying the outside, adding the wheels, the front bumper and the seats we’ve come to expect from the Focus ST — meaning it looks just like a regular Focus ST, just longer. But because European shoppers pay considerably higher fuel prices than Americans, the Focus ST Estate was a diesel, using a 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder with a meager 182 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The hp number is a disappointment, especially considering that the gas-powered U.S. model offered 252 hp — but the torque number is actually an improvement, up from our Focus ST’s 270 lb-ft.
Nonetheless, the Focus ST Estate wasn’t exactly thrilling; 0-to-60 came in about 7.5 seconds, which is considerably slower than the rev-happy Focus ST sold in the United States. And while the suspension was largely the same as our Focus, the larger size of the vehicle surely dulled the performance.
Still, it existed: A Focus ST with a station wagon body style, big torque, sport suspension and a manual transmission. It sounds like a great package — one that American sporty wagon fans must simply dream about from across the ocean.