The previous ST’s one slight weak spot was a ride that was a wee bit too punishing, but the latest car is a good bit comfier. It’s still firm enough to let you know you’re in a hot hatch, but there’s enough compliance that you won’t be wincing whenever you roll over potholes and sunken drain covers. Despite the extra suppleness, though, the body control is still very tight, and that contributes to handling that’s nothing short of sensational.
The steering is quick, nicely weighted and absolutely bristling with feel, and not only does that mean you’re always kept on top of the action, it also gives you the confidence to push the car in corners. When you do, you’re rewarded with excellent balance and strong grip, and that grip gets even stronger if you specify the optional Performance Pack that includes a limited slip differential. Yes, it’s effective at making the car a wee bit pointier, but if you don’t fancy spending the extra money, the car is still plenty pointy enough without it. All these factors combine to give the ST a level of poise and agility that belies both its size and its pricetag. This car will entertain
you more than lots of much more expensive and exotic machinery. Yes, it really is that good.