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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Ford Focus RS (16-18) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Ford Focus RS (09-10) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Breathtaking performance, everyday practicality

CONS

Options can push new price to £28,000, no easy seat-height adjustment

PROS

Breathtaking performance, everyday practicality

CONS

Options can push new price to £28,000, no easy seat-height adjustment

Ford Focus RS rivals

Volkswagen
Golf R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

This is the Focus that Ford originally claimed it would never build – a limited run 300bhp super-hatch. Ford's thrown everything at it to ensure this is the ultimate Focus and the fastest Ford on offer. It makes no apologies for what it is, with a huge twin-blade spoiler at the back, an extreme bodykit and serious performance from a turbocharged 2.5-litre engine.

To underline this, the RS badge is visible from every angle. It offers scintillating performance and is unmatched in its ability on the road. However, with a £25,000 price tag, many buyers will find the cheaper ST fulfils their needs. But for others, only the 300bhp on offer from the RS will truly hit the spot.

Ford Focus RS rivals

Volkswagen
Golf R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

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