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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5


4 out of 5 4.0

All RS models have Recaro sports seats that can be trimmed in either green or blue, depending on the car's exterior colour, air conditioning (climate control is optional extra), a six-CD autochanger with a DAB digital radio, keyless engine ignition and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Focus RS (09-10).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim

RS equipment

RS standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
RS optional equipment
None available

RS500 equipment

RS500 standard equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
RS500 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim


4.5 out of 5 4.5

The RS has a five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating like the standard Focus hatchback. It also benefits from the same safety kit, so there are dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Because of the unique Recaro sport seats, Isofix child-seat anchor points must be ordered when the car is new – check to see if they’re fitted if you’re buying used.

Interior & boot space

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Open the hatch at the back and you could be looking into the boot of any Focus. And that’s a good thing as, with 385 litres on offer, it compares well to other hatches like the Astra and Golf. The seats split 60/40 and fold, so in respect to boot space, it’s a more than capable small family car. It’s a similar story in the cabin, where there’s a decent-sized glovebox that’s air conditioned to keep drinks cool.

In fact the only time you’ll notice that the RS is less practical than any other Focus is getting into the back. As it’s available in three-door only and is fitted with large sports seats, it can be a bit of a squeeze – and once you’re in, leg room is also limited. Plus whereas the standard car will seat five, the RS has only space for four. As with all Focus models since early 2008, it’s fitted with a device on the fuel filler called ‘Easyfuel’ that prevents the car being filled with diesel.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Ford Focus RS (09-10) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Ford Focus RS (09-10) 385 litres
Volkswagen Golf R (10-12) 350 litres
Subaru Impreza STi (08-08) 301 litres
Audi A3 S3 (06-13) 281 litres

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