2018 Ford Focus RS

#12
in Midsize hatchbacks
2018 MODEL

$41,120

7.3

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Ford has been performing great with the Focus RS in the American auto market. This year, Ford has announced to end the production of popular Ford Focus RS. The carmaker will manufacture 1000 units only and the car won't be available for sale after 2018. For 2018, Ford has brought some special packages and utilities with the farewell car.

Powering the Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four cylinder powertrain that makes an effective 350-hp and 350 pounds-feet of peak torque. The all-wheel-drive setup can bias power to individual wheels at times, depending on the drive modes you select. Overall, the Focus RS is the hatch which is one-time worth considering alongside the rivals like Volkswagen Golf R, Honda Civic Type R, and the Subaru WRX STI.

The performance enhancing options such as lightweight forged wheels and front locking differential make the ride more sporty and smooth. The 2018 Focus RS has been priced slightly higher than the last year model. The RS2 package is now available as standard across all trim levels.


6.7/10
Features

 

9.4/10
Engine

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.9/10
Interior

 

9.4/10
Exterior

 

4.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

2018 Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four cylinder powertrain that makes an effective 350-hp and 350 pounds-feet of peak torque. The all-wheel-drive setup can bias power to individual wheels at times, depending on the drive modes you select.

2018 Ford Focus RS Features

6.7/10

Ford has offered an array of amenities with the high performance 2018 Ford Focus RS hatch. As the hatch has arrived at its last year of production, the carmaker has introduced a handful of options to choose from. Powering the Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4, which is further connected to a six-speed manual transmission. The all-wheel-drive configuration comes as standard.

Apart from the moonroof, the Focus RS comprises of different tires in the options list. The Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires offer improved tire grip, while the Winter Wheel and Tire package offer 18-inch (smaller diameter) wheels.

Other amenities offered with the Ford Focus RS include:

  • 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment
  • Leather-wrapped RS steering wheels and shift knob
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Selectable RS driving modes along with adjustable suspension and stability control
Trims Ford Focus RS
MSRP $41,120
Features
  • Black Leather RECARO Seats with Miko -Dinamica Inserts and RS logo.
  • 19-Inch Premium painted forged-alloy with RS.
  • Grille - Unique RS front.
  • Sony Audio System with 10 speakers and HD Radio.

2018 Ford Focus RS Engine

9.4/10

The performance-centric 350-hp Ford Focus RS is loaded with a basket full of features and amenities. The Track and Drift drive modes allow fantastic shifts and power delivery. Right from the acceleration and handling, Focus RS delivers great driving excitement and balance via all-wheel drive system.

The huge deal for the 2018 Focus RS is the Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential which is attached to the front axle. This system smoothly integrates the AWD system, allowing maximum torque from the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged powertrain. You can take the car to its full capacity with the drift mode.

Engine and Transmission

Powering the 2018 Focus RS is a 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 cylinder powertrain that churns out a maximum power of 350-hp and 350 lb-ft of peak torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and configured with an all-wheel-drive system.

Models Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
MSRP $41,120 $39,375 $31,100 $36,095
Engine

2.3L GTDI 4-cylinder

Gas Engine

2.0L inline four cylinder, 16V, turbocharged/ intercooled, TSI

Gas engine

2.0L turbo

4-cylinder

Gas engine

2.5L turbocharged

SUBARU BOXER

4-cylinder

Gas engine

Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed maunal 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Power 350hp @ 6000 rpm 292hp @ 5400rpm 306hp @ 6500 rpm 305hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 350 ft-lbs @ 3200 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm 290 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Acceleration

With the all-wheel-drive setup, Focus RS engages its steering to the optimum level. A standard launch control system allows smooth and fast transmission. Comparatively, the Focus RS sprints 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It takes 13.3 seconds to complete the quarter mile at 103.3 mph, while the Golf R 2.0L takes 10.8 seconds to complete a quarter mile at 124.6 mph.

Models Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
0-60 MPH 4.6 sec 5.2 sec 4.9 sec 5.3 sec
Quarter mile 13.3 sec @ 103.3 mph 10.8 sec @ 124.6 mph 14.0 sec @ 102.5 mph 14.1 sec @ 98.5 mph
Engine 2.3L 2.0L 2.0L 2.5L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.0 7.5 7.1 9.3

Braking and Handling

The RS’s performance is simply splendid and respectable. The Normal, Sport, and Track drive modes ensure better handling without hampering the stability. You can find the stability-control parameters through a button present on the center console.

Ford has also installed an adjustable sport suspension, stability control with stouter brakes and a sport exhaust.

Model Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
Brake pads-front(in) 13.8 13.4 13.8 13
Brake pads Rear(in) 11.9 12.4 12.0 12.4
Curb weight(lbs) 3434 3283 3117 3391
60-0 MPH (ft.) 104 ft 108 ft 99 ft 109 ft

2018 Ford Focus RS Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The performance car, Focus RS is quite thirsty on the fuel side. The fuel economy suffers in comparison to the prominent counterparts. With a small 13.4-gallon fuel tank, which intakes only premium fuel, the Focus RS offers shorter legs in its segment.

Model Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
Mpg city 19 22 22 17
Mpg highway 26 31 28 22
Mpg combined 22 25 25 19

2018 Ford Focus RS Interior

5.9/10

The new Ford Focus RS is inclined towards offering the best in class performance and comfort level. The front seats are supportive and well-finished. The climate control and featured buttons are embedded on the steering wheel, making it easy to reach. The interior is spacious with well-placed cup holders.

Seating and Comfort

The cabin is comfortable and quiet with the introduction of hefty amenities. The RS2 package is standard for the 2018 model and includes leather-trimmed Recaro racing seats. You will also witness heated steering wheel and front buckets. The cabin also features carbon fiber added to the handbrake lever, door handles, also across the turbo-boost gauge.

Model Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
Passenger capacity 5 5 4 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 90.7 93.5 97 96.6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.1/55.6/41.9 38.4/55.9/41.2 39.3/56.942.3 39.8/55.6/43.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.9/52.6/33.4 38.1/53.1/35.6 37.4/55/35.9 37.1/54.2/35.4

Interior Features

The control layout in the RS is straightforward. You won’t find much flow with the interior design. Ford has managed to offer important standard as well as optional interior features. While the missing climate control vents and power outlets make the rear dull.

Interior Features  

  • Tilting steering column
  • Telescoping steering column
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats

Infotainment System

2018 Focus RS's infotainment system is user-friendly and powerful. The infotainment features 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen with navigation. You will also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other connectivity features added in the Sync 3 include USB inputs and Bluetooth.

Cargo Space

The 2018 Ford Focus RS comes in a hatch body style, that means it is capable of offering better cargo space than most of the contenders in the segment. The foldable rear seats add more cargo volume in the rear.

Model Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
Behind Second Row(cube ft.) 23.8 23.0 25.7 19
Second Row Folded (cube ft.) 44.8 53.0 46.2 44

2018 Ford Focus RS Exterior

9.4/10

The exterior looks sporty with the addition of gloss-black features, including mirror caps, and the roof. The rear roof spoiler can also be seen with complete black paint. It also wears a blue RS logo on the side wings. The painted 19-inch wheels are standard. The RS now features a limited-slip differential for the front axle that enhances the whole dynamics of the car.

Model Ford Focus RS VW Golf R Honda Civic Type R Subaru WRX STI
curb weight(lbs) 3434 3283 3117 3391
Length(in) 172.8 168.4 179.4 180.9
Width(in) 71.7 70.8 179.9 70.7
Height(in) 58 56.5 73.9 58.1
Ground clearance(in) - 4.8 - 4.9
Wheelbase(in) 104.3 103.5 106.3 104.3
Track width(in) F/R 61.6/60.6 60.7/59.6 63/62.7 60.2/60.6

Design and Styling

The 2018 Ford Focus ST has been introduced in an exclusive new color, Red Rae hue, which you can choose alongside the regular Blue Nitrous. Both the versions of the Focus RS come with black roof and glossy mirror caps. The RS logo can be witnessed on the roof spoiler and the side wings. There are few changes on the exterior side, while the front fascia, air dam, and the front grille remain unchanged. Just the upper side of the front profile appears to be tilted upfront to showcase the Ford emblem.

The hood, as well as the body design lines, appear similar to the outgoing model. However, you get to see a new vent on the center hump area. The inserts look different with the extra vents that allow improved air flow through the front side bakes. The slight improvement can be seen with the missing gap between the tires and the wheel arches.

2018 Ford Focus RS Safety

4.8/10

The Ford Focus RS has scored very well in the NHTSA safety ratings. 2018 Focus RS has scored all five stars in the overall crash rating. Unfortunately, the performance hatch lacks active safety equipment, so you could miss some extra protection. The 2018 version lacks active safety or driver-assist feature apart from a backup camera.

According to the IIHS safety ratings, the Focus RS scores “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap front driver side safety test.

NHTSA Crash test results

Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 4 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

IIHS Safety Ratings

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Acceptable
Small overlap front Passenger side NA
Moderate overlap front Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Safety Features

The safety features installed in the 2018 Ford Focus RS include:

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • 3-Point Seat-Belts for All Seating Positions
  • Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

2018 Ford Focus RS Competition

Ford Focus RS vs. VW Golf R

The Golf R is comfortable and practical.  It still remains one of the responsive cars in the segment. Peeps seeking more efficient and daily commuting vehicle, VW Golf R is the best choice.

Ford Focus RS vs. Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R overshadows the Focus RS in many ways. Focus is an impressive performance car but the type R, on the other hand, offers better comfort and usability.

Ford Focus RS vs. Subaru WRX STI

The facelifted WRX STI still makes 305-hp, which is very less than the 350-hp churning Ford Focus RS. Despite its age, 2018 Ford Focus RS is the fastest hatch the line, which comes with drift mode and other exciting features.

2018 Ford Focus RS Final Verdict

Since the finals days of Ford Focus RS has arrived, it seems that the carmaker is reluctant in offering any fresh updates for 2018. Anyhow, the performance hatch remains the head turner with its aggressive exterior and impressive drivability.

The prominent rivals such as the Honda Civic R, VW Golf R, and the Subaru WRX STI will still be dominating the market by bringing new updates in the coming years. For the farewell tour, the carmaker has put limited units of the 2018 Focus RS for sale in the U.S. Buyers who are looking for a daily commuting car providing ample car space, must not wait too long for the new Ford Focus RS.

Pros

Good grip with the forged 19-inch wheels

Introduction of RS2 package

Amazing performance

Cons

Lack of major safety technology

Needs a bit of redesign on some verticals

Emergency automatic braking is missing

What's New?

The 2018 Ford Focus RS has been introduced with minor changes and cosmetic upgrades

Focus RS now comes standard with the power Recaro front seats and the navigation system

Other standard fitments include a mechanical front limited-slip differential and 19-inch wheels.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41120

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

165 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

138 cu. in.

horsepower

350 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

350 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.9 in. ventilated front disc/13.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.2 in.

length

172.8 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

58 in.

curb weight

3434 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

23.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

348.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Focus RS in Shadow Black color  2018 Ford Focus RS in Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat color  2018 Ford Focus RS in Frozen White color  2018 Ford Focus RS in Race Red color  2018 Ford Focus RS in Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat color
Shadow Black

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Ratings

Features

6.7

Engine

9.4

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

5.9

Exterior

9.4

Safety

4.8

Comfort

7.4

Driving

8.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Ford Focus RS 4dr Hatchback AWD

4dr Hatchback AWD

power
350 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$41,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $41,120 MSRP (19/22/26) 350 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.3 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat
  Race Red