I decided to blag a test drive in on of these today as I have a soft spot for fast fords. The salesman was sitting alongside me so it wasn't too daft. The engine fired up with a thoaty growl and stettled to a burble, Mr salesman done the driving through town bit then let me have a go out in counrty. The road was a tad greasy but the ST put the power down without much fuss a big step forward for powerful fwd cars. The power is available from low down in the rev arrange around 1500rpm with little sign of lag, and the delivery is smooth and even throughout. The engine note is mean a five cylinder growl with a turbo whistle in the background really sweet. The steering is direct and gives lots of feedback form what I could gather from chucking it into a few roundabouts and a few quick bends. The ride is firm but with reason as the handling is impressive, grip levels are also high. The preformance is good without blowing your mind upto 70mph it felt quicker than my Gsi at higher speeds there would be little in it. Where it certainly feels quick is in the mid range and I feel its a quicker car than the GSi in this respect. The brakes are powerful but I didn't drive it for long enough to get any hint if fade etc. The gear change also impressed me a great deal very precise short and light. The build of the interior was ok not as solid as a vauxhall though, the standard equipment was also poor with dual climate control being a £600 option. The model I drove was the ST3 which has leather etc, very nice but fairly basic looking nonetheless. Overall for the money it appears hard to beat even though its a ford, which would obvisouly discourage many on here. I had a quick blast down a stretch of the M90 on the way back and it was a lttle nosiy for me but the GSi is very quiet. Thats my mini review then don't think Clarkson has much to worry about lol!