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9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford Focus RS

£16,260£31,625
9/10
Overall verdict
Fast, fantastic, affordable: the Focus RS is what we call a game-changer
 

For: 

Engine feels bigger than it is, all-round usability, flamboyant handling traits

Against: 

High driving seat, subdued interior styling

Overview

What is it?

The Ford Focus RS is the latest in a long-line of RS-badged fast Fords – cars on a mission to bring electrifying performance to people of normal means. What we have here is 345bhp from a tuned version of the Mustang’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine channeled though a six-speed manual and a trick four-wheel drive system, that can make the Ford Focus RS behave like it’s rear- instead of front-driven. Adaptive dampers, launch control, a rear wing and all the usability of a normal five-door Ford Focus EcoBoost are thrown in too, and all for around £30,000.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
ST Mountune MP275 5dr
5.7s 159g/km 41.5 271 £24,490
The cheapest
1.6 85 Style 5dr
14.9s 136g/km 47.9 85 £16,260
The greenest
Electric 5dr Auto
11.0s 0g/km 142 £31,625
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