27 Jan '14, 10am
DRIVEN: Ford Focus ST vs Renault Megane RS 265
Head for the twisties, and not many cars hold up to a well-driven Renault of this sort. The fast and accurate steering is alive with feedback and inspires confidence for point-and-shoot shenanigans, while the punchy engine offers a broad spread of power that makes overtaking a breeze. A snappy gearshift also makes the most of the engine’s performance, while responsive Brembo brakes bring the Megane to a halt quickly and consistently every time. Suppose the downside of this stunning performance is the fact that the unrelentingly stiff ride can become extremely tiring – but then this isn’t a car that’s designed for pounding up and down the school or grocery run… sorry wife, or kids!