2017 Ford Focus RS Review


Ford’s flagship Focus boasts steroid-pumped styling, four-wheel drive and a 2.3-litre 350hp engine shared with the Mustang. It’s arguably the most exciting hot hatchback you can buy, with ferocious performance and superb handling. A surefire future classic.


Body Style: Hatchback Seats: 5                    MRP £31,765       


Did you know? The RS (Rallye Sport) badge has adorned many of the greatest fast Fords, including the 1973 Escort RS2000, 1985 Sierra RS Cosworth and 2002 Focus RS.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict:★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7.4/10)

Everybody loves a fast Ford, right? Well, not everybody. Despite auction prices that would make a banker blush, hot Fords of the 80s and 90s weren’t always (whisper it) that good. They looked the part, for sure, but many were pretty rudimentary to drive. The original 2002 Focus RS helped banish that reputation for good, and subsequent generations have built on its legacy. This latest Focus RS is the best yet. It’s a riot to drive, without sacrificing everyday usability. This time, everybody is feeling the love.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Spec & Trim Levels

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Economy