I last test drove an i30N fastback >1 year ago and loved it but didn't get the deal I was looking for so left it until now. I have just test driven a Focus ST and found it pretty good but the ride in Comfort was really jittery and in sport really uncomfortable. How did you find the two cars compared in that respect? (I can't get one locally for another test drive). I really like the i30N but I couldn't live with a jittery ride for everyday driving and that's what's stopping me just ordering one up based on my more than 1 year old memories. I also found the Focus, despite being really nimble and fast, didn't induce much emotion, whereas I recall coming out of the i30N grinning like a Cheshire cat!Not much wrong with the mk3 (face lifted version) Focus ST. Had one prior to the I30N. Torque steer much reduced from the pre face lifted mk3 (steering/torque vectoring system and geometry tweaked I believe). Still there but much improved. You can't eliminate it completely from any half powerful front wheel drive car.
Still love that Tangerine Scream paint job. Though a stage 1 Mountune power upgrade helped.
Could not find the love for the mk4 Focus ST when I was looking for a new motor at the start of the year. I30 N a much more involving car to drive. Only needs a bit more power and to loose 100kg+ and it would be at the top of the hot hatch tree. Only my personal opinion of course
PS. The Ford was 100% reliable during my 2 years ownership.