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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Ford Focus RS (02-03) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Attractive, exclusive and exciting

CONS

Needs concentration to drive quickly

PROS

Attractive, exclusive and exciting

CONS

Needs concentration to drive quickly

Ford Focus RS rivals

The Focus RS was only built for a short period of time, limiting numbers to little more than a couple of thousand in the UK. It may lack the Cosworth badge many buyers were hoping to see, but it's still viewed as a Ford classic, not least because it looks fantastic and is very exciting to drive. Clean used examples hold their value well, but the even-more-powerful second generation Focus ST - although not as exclusive - is arguably more tempting for buyers of fast Fords.

Ford Focus RS rivals

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