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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

The RS may have almost supercar levels of performance, but it doesn’t have the running costs to match. It emits 225g/km of CO2, therefore sneaking below the top rate of road tax, which makes a significant difference to annual running costs. The official fuel consumption figure is acceptable at 31mpg, though this drops rapidly if the car is driven hard.

The RS will be limited to no more than 4000 and these cars are likely to mostly stay in the hands of enthusiasts. That’s good news for future values, which are likely to remain strong over coming years – values of the original have continued to perform strongly since its launch in 2002. Insurance won’t be cheap, but the RS is at least a group 19, rather than a group 20 car.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 116p £1,758 - £1,758 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 12,500 miles/12 months.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £305 - £520
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 19 - 38
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3 out of 5 3.0

When considered in the context of its performance, the RS performs well. It may emit 225g/km of CO2, which is not green by any stretch of the imagination, but there are few cars with 300bhp or more that reach this figure. Supercars with similar levels of performance can be anything up to 500g/km of CO2.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.5 Petrol 225 g/km (Min) £305
2.5 Petrol 235 g/km (Max) £520


4.5 out of 5 4.5

Some buyers may be surprised to know that, despite being a high performance car and fitted with a significant amount of specialist parts, the RS is manufactured alongside standard models. That means that it’s built to a very high quality and goes through the same strict quality control that makes the Focus one of the most reliable cars on the road.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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