The Ford Focus ST has ended 2019 on a high, being crowned Hot Hatch of the Year at the TopGear.com Awards.

It inherits the award given to its Ford Performance sibling last year for the Fiesta ST.

The award was collected by Ford Performance European Manager, Stefan Muenzinger. 

Top Gear’s Hot Hatch of the Year scored highly thanks to its “strong and tuneful” 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. It was also praised for its braking and grip ability, thanks to a “brilliantly integrated diff and well-chosen adaptive damping.”

“The Focus ST has no vices. No weaknesses. No chinks in its armour”, said Top Gear.com.

“It’s a car that stands at your shoulder in any situation, exuding an “I’ve got this” confidence.” 

More than 1700 examples have been sold since it went on sale earlier this year. Evaluations of the 155mph Focus ST estate in police car form are underway. Forces up and down the country are set to trial the car because of its blend of load-carrying ability, performance and handling.

Christmas came early for the Mustang Shelby GT500, too, as Top Gear.com awarded it their Muscle Car of the Year.

It called the GT500 “Bold, brash, and an assault on the senses, designed to get your attention and be unapologetic about it”.