Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Again, not a huge change here over the Focus ST. Safety is improved by the AWD system, which means the RS has far more traction than a front-wheel drive car so it’ll be more capable in slippery conditions.

Bi-xenon HID cornering headlights are included for free, which work incredibly well, and there’s a low-speed automatic braking system available as an optional extra.

Also available for extra cost is the Luxury Pack, which nets you further safety systems in the form of rear parking sensors, cruise control and rear privacy glass.

In terms of practicality, on the Focus RS almost everything is the same as the ST, but actually because of the extra drivetrain features on the rear axle you lose the spare wheel well in favour of a tyre inflation kit, so boot space drops to a maximum of 260 litres. This expands to 1,045 litres with the rear seats folded.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the .

Equipment by trim level

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Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Focus RS (16-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 82%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.