2017 Ford Focus RS Top Comparisons

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2017 Ford Focus RSReview
Guru9YHG8G writes:
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This car is the absolute best and worth the money!

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2017 Ford Focus RSReview
Nicholas writes:
Overall:

I would say the car is fun to drive, I drove the version that had the Sony sound system which was excellent. The bolsters on the seats are insane, so if you weigh > 200 lbs and arent > 6 its going to be a squeeze. Manual transmission was great with positive engagement, although the clutch (similar to the mazdaspeed 3 which shares the chassis) engages very quickly so you need to be mindful of that when youre first driving it. 0-60 in 4.5s is impressive for any car, but with a manual you can really only do that if 2nd will get you to 60mph. For that reason, 2nd gear is actually really tall vs. other competitive vehicles, so even though it has 350 lb-ft of torque, the sensation of acceleration is only a little bit better than its rivals. That being said, its a great example of that kind of hot hatch plus that is a small segment (now that the lancer evo has been discontinued), and if I didnt have to drive clients around I would probably go for this over the VW Golf R.

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2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback Review
Jamie says:
The RS is a great handling car with good power. The main flaws to this car is the seating position (too high) and the extra firm ride (race mode). Other than that whats not to like.
vs2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD
2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Handling Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD worse.
"Stiffer control and willingness to want to play vs just wanting to be a average Golf with more power."
Back Seats Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD worse.
"More room behind the drivers seat,"
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2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback Review
GuruN8585 says:
Amazing car. A hair stiff, but that’s the racing suspension and the all wheel drive.
vs2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Front Seats Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI worse.
"Better bolsters. Recaro comfort. "
Family Car Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI better.
"Less power, a little slower and softer. "
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2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback Review
The ride is a bit choppy but not too harsh compared to some of its other sport focused competitors. It could be far better though. Power delivery is great. The car is sure footed and is wonderful in the snow. Front seats and the front area in general are a little tight but they hold you in place very well for high g maneuvers and are as easy to get out of as most other cars. The back seats are pretty standard but have removal headrests and can fold flat after pulling the bottom of the seat up. This configuration does impinge on front seat mobility but I had no issues doing so without moving my seat from its driving position. The infotainment system works well and android auto is wonderful. Gauges are easy to read and placed well and includes what is needed for performance driving though it is missing some items the mustangs have. The car is aggressively styled but is not overdone. Visibility is on the poor side, but the back up camera augments this for it to not be an issue. The adaptive headlights work better than on any car I have ever encountered though I have not driven many high market cars.
vs2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD
2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"When it comes down to it, AWD is better than FWD. When the pedal hits the metal, the type R scrambles for traction while the Focus just goes without complaints. The type R feels fast once it hits its stride but by that happens two gears after the Focus does. "
Handling Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"They are very close, however I felt the focus was more planted than the type R. "
Looks/Style Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"This is more of a personal preference. A younger version of me would have the opposite opinion. The civic type R is extremely aggressive both inside and out. I appreciate it for what it is but is just not what Im into today. "
Front Seats Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"The seats are so much more comfortable and still hold you in place. They are undeniably superior to sit in. They are hard to get out of and harder to get into than the focus but the feeling of sitting in them would be worth the compromise. "
Back Seats Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"The head rests are better, removable, and the seat can fold flat without needing to move the front seat for most drivers (if the head rests are removed). "
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Once the front seats are moved out of the way. The back seats fold flat immediately and hatch is deeper than in the focus. "
Family Car Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"The toned down styling, AWD, and back seat configuration look like they would work better for me. "
Value Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"One of the biggest reasons I bought the focus over the type R was because it seemed like the better family car and the market for the type r is simply over heated. People want way too much for them for the features they have. "
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"Essentially I bought a focus instead of the type R because of its better back seat, better power and power delivery, its styling and better value. "
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2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback Review
THINKRICH3 says:
Best car ive ever owned. So much fun to drive without losing any confidence, this AWD is system takes down any corner like butter in any season. Best value for your money.
vs2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD
2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
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2017 Ford Focus RS Review
Paul says:
Fast, with impressive if somewhat unnatural cornering feel. Overbolstered seats, fun but not as good a daily. Engine issues on early examples forced a major recall.
vs2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD
2017 Ford Focus RS winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD worse.
"44 extra hp and 55 extra lb ft if torque. Both are fast."
Front Seats Ranked 2018 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"The design and seating position is perfect. The alcantara holds you in place and spoils you at the same time. Seats in the RS are set too high, feel too hard,, and restrict you completely. "
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2017 Ford Focus RS Review
GuruV6XNW says:
Interior lacks refinement, exterior feels too immature for anyone over 30 To drive. The ride is ungodly, and I’d only buy a new one for the same reasons as a Raptor; anyone who buys this does so with an agenda on how they’ll treat it.
vs2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD with DCC and Navigation
2017 Ford Focus RS winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD with DCC and Navigation better.
"APR Stage 2"
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4-Door AWD with DCC and Navigation better.
"Build quality, ride quality, not as ‘boy racer’. "
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2016 Ford Focus RS Reviews

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