Used Car Buying Guide: Ford Focus RS (Mk3)

Published by
Peter Kavinsky

At this point, you are probably wondering how much it all costs. Well, the good news is that the Focus RS can now be yours for just £22,000 used – and that’s almost £7,000 less than the equivalent used Audi RS3.

Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with city traffic, the Focus RS can feel a little bumpy. The split hull is apparent at slower speeds where the engine lacks character and the ride becomes extremely choppy. The steering lock is also limited and the driving position is a little compromised.

However, under the vivacious styling and vicious transmission, this is still a Focus. So it has enough storage space for clutter and the standard five-door body style means it’s very practical. Mind you, the infotainment system with its tiny 8.0-inch touchscreen and panel with buttons can be tricky to use on the go, while the quality of material is mixed, with some scratched plastics located, disappointingly, only on the areas you are likely to touch.

So the Focus RS is far from the ultimate in interior quality, nor is it the most sensible or pleasant car to drive around town. But for the sheer joy of driving it is a really excellent car and a great used buy.

what did we say then

May 4, 2016: “The RS is not an easy car to live with: it is very thirsty, its seats are very high and the opportunities to explore its handling are not always present. But if the modern interpretation of the RS has finally established itself as something, it’s an occasional, sophisticated delight. To find something that corners with the same skill, breathtaking confidence and mind-blowing mechanical tricks, you have to look at a car like the Nissan GT-R.”

An expert’s view

Stephen Vincent, Performance Car Sales Specialist, Hendy Performance: “The Focus RS is a brilliant car. It can be anti-social if you put it in Sport mode, with crackles and rumbles from the exhaust, but it’s also a fantastic all-rounder. It’s a standard family vehicle – you can drive to work and have heated seats – that on the right road turns into a completely different car. It puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like a kid. Be aware that 2016 cars and some early 2017 cars have had a recall for an issue that would cause the head gasket to explode.”

At this point, you are probably wondering how much it all costs. Well, the good news is that the Focus RS can now be yours for just £22,000 used – and that’s almost £7,000 less than the equivalent used Audi RS3.

Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with city traffic, the Focus RS can feel a little bumpy. The split hull is apparent at slower speeds where the engine lacks character and the ride becomes extremely choppy. The steering lock is also limited and the driving position is a little compromised.

However, under the vivacious styling and vicious transmission, this is still a Focus. So it has enough storage space for clutter and the standard five-door body style means it’s very practical. Mind you, the infotainment system with its tiny 8.0-inch touchscreen and panel with buttons can be tricky to use on the go, while the quality of material is mixed, with some scratched plastics located, disappointingly, only on the areas you are likely to touch.

So the Focus RS is far from the ultimate in interior quality, nor is it the most sensible or pleasant car to drive around town. But for the sheer joy of driving it is a really excellent car and a great used buy.

what did we say then

May 4, 2016: “The RS is not an easy car to live with: it is very thirsty, its seats are very high and the opportunities to explore its handling are not always present. But if the modern interpretation of the RS has finally established itself as something, it’s an occasional, sophisticated delight. To find something that corners with the same skill, breathtaking confidence and mind-blowing mechanical tricks, you have to look at a car like the Nissan GT-R.”

An expert’s view

Stephen Vincent, Performance Car Sales Specialist, Hendy Performance: “The Focus RS is a brilliant car. It can be anti-social if you put it in Sport mode, with crackles and rumbles from the exhaust, but it’s also a fantastic all-rounder. It’s a standard family vehicle – you can drive to work and have heated seats – that on the right road turns into a completely different car. It puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like a kid. Be aware that 2016 cars and some early 2017 cars have had a recall for an issue that would cause the head gasket to explode.”

At this point, you are probably wondering how much it all costs. Well, the good news is that the Focus RS can now be yours for just £22,000 used – and that’s almost £7,000 less than the equivalent used Audi RS3.

Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with city traffic, the Focus RS can feel a little bumpy. The split hull is apparent at slower speeds where the engine lacks character and the ride becomes extremely choppy. The steering lock is also limited and the driving position is a little compromised.

However, under the vivacious styling and vicious transmission, this is still a Focus. So it has enough storage space for clutter and the standard five-door body style means it’s very practical. Mind you, the infotainment system with its tiny 8.0-inch touchscreen and panel with buttons can be tricky to use on the go, while the quality of material is mixed, with some scratched plastics located, disappointingly, only on the areas you are likely to touch.

So the Focus RS is far from the ultimate in interior quality, nor is it the most sensible or pleasant car to drive around town. But for the sheer joy of driving it is a really excellent car and a great used buy.

what did we say then

May 4, 2016: “The RS is not an easy car to live with: it is very thirsty, its seats are very high and the opportunities to explore its handling are not always present. But if the modern interpretation of the RS has finally established itself as something, it’s an occasional, sophisticated delight. To find something that corners with the same skill, breathtaking confidence and mind-blowing mechanical tricks, you have to look at a car like the Nissan GT-R.”

An expert’s view

Stephen Vincent, Performance Car Sales Specialist, Hendy Performance: “The Focus RS is a brilliant car. It can be anti-social if you put it in Sport mode, with crackles and rumbles from the exhaust, but it’s also a fantastic all-rounder. It’s a standard family vehicle – you can drive to work and have heated seats – that on the right road turns into a completely different car. It puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like a kid. Be aware that 2016 cars and some early 2017 cars have had a recall for an issue that would cause the head gasket to explode.”

At this point, you are probably wondering how much it all costs. Well, the good news is that the Focus RS can now be yours for just £22,000 used – and that’s almost £7,000 less than the equivalent used Audi RS3.

Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with city traffic, the Focus RS can feel a little bumpy. The split hull is apparent at slower speeds where the engine lacks character and the ride becomes extremely choppy. The steering lock is also limited and the driving position is a little compromised.

However, under the vivacious styling and vicious transmission, this is still a Focus. So it has enough storage space for clutter and the standard five-door body style means it’s very practical. Mind you, the infotainment system with its tiny 8.0-inch touchscreen and panel with buttons can be tricky to use on the go, while the quality of material is mixed, with some scratched plastics located, disappointingly, only on the areas you are likely to touch.

So the Focus RS is far from the ultimate in interior quality, nor is it the most sensible or pleasant car to drive around town. But for the sheer joy of driving it is a really excellent car and a great used buy.

what did we say then

May 4, 2016: “The RS is not an easy car to live with: it is very thirsty, its seats are very high and the opportunities to explore its handling are not always present. But if the modern interpretation of the RS has finally established itself as something, it’s an occasional, sophisticated delight. To find something that corners with the same skill, breathtaking confidence and mind-blowing mechanical tricks, you have to look at a car like the Nissan GT-R.”

An expert’s view

Stephen Vincent, Performance Car Sales Specialist, Hendy Performance: “The Focus RS is a brilliant car. It can be anti-social if you put it in Sport mode, with crackles and rumbles from the exhaust, but it’s also a fantastic all-rounder. It’s a standard family vehicle – you can drive to work and have heated seats – that on the right road turns into a completely different car. It puts a smile on your face and makes you feel like a kid. Be aware that 2016 cars and some early 2017 cars have had a recall for an issue that would cause the head gasket to explode.”

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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