Ford Focus RS first drive

When was the last time you truly felt alive? Today more than ever, it is perhaps the experiences we have – and the moments when we feel a sense of risk, jeopardy, fear, exhilaration or just sheer joy – that make us truly wide-eyed.

Which brings us to the Focus RS. Britain’s favourite family hatchback. Into which some engineers have dropped a 350bhp, 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine. And yep, it’s bonkers – just thinking about it makes our hearts beat faster. For driving a Focus RS, hard, is not an experience you forget in a hurry.

It begins the moment we get in. The RS feels like a very physical car. We drop onto deeply sculpted Recaro bucket seats. They’re set too high (why can’t Ford get this simple thing right?) but grip hard and tight.


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