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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The RS is distinguished from its lesser Focus relations by blue coloured inserts on the doors, seats and steering wheel. It also has an aluminium handbrake handle and gearknob which look great, but feel cold on winter mornings. The Focus is an easy car to see out of and trickle around town, but feels like a live-wire when you're really putting your foot to the floor.

It's spacious with a well-designed cabin and user-friendly control layout, shared with other Focus models. The ride can seem harsh, but it's not unbearable. Front seats are very supportive and keep occupants well placed even with spirited driving.