2017 Ford Focus RS

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2017 MODEL

$36,120

7.3

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Ford Focus RS Hatchback offers a blend of multiple driving modes, powerful performance, and impressive braking. However, the RS offers a somewhat stiff ride despite flaunting adaptive dampers. Entering the second year, the ride remains unchanged from its previous facelift.

Supporting a 2.3L GTDI 4-cylinder engine, Focus RS boasts 350 horsepower. Moreover, the robust 2.3L engine produces a remarkable 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride flaunts a 6-speed manual transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Ford Focus RS competes with the likes of Honda Civic Type R and Subaru WRX STI. Volkswagen Golf R is also a prime competitor to the 2017 Focus RS Hatchback. Unlike Ford Focus, its rivals are better options for a daily car with an all-around performance. However, RS Hatchback is for those looking for an uncompromising performance and lavishness, across all seasons of the year.


8.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.3/10
Interior

 

6.3/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback offers a blend of multiple driving modes, powerful performance, and impressive braking. However, the RS offers a somewhat stiff ride despite flaunting adaptive dampers. Entering the second year, the ride remains unchanged from its previous facelift.

Supporting a 2.3L GTDI 4-cylinder engine, Focus RS boasts 350 horsepower. Moreover, the robust 2.3L engine produces a remarkable 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride flaunts a 6-speed manual transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Ford Focus RS competes with the likes of Honda Civic Type R and Subaru WRX STI. Volkswagen Golf R is also a prime competitor to the 2017 Focus RS Hatchback. Unlike Ford Focus, its rivals are better options for a daily car with an all-around performance. However, RS Hatchback is for those looking for an uncompromising performance and lavishness, across all seasons of the year.

2017 Ford Focus RS Features

8.5/10

2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback is available only as a single trim. Pricing options for the trim start from $36,120. The trim comes with an all-wheel-drive system and a plethora of standard features.

Trim RS (AWD)
MSRP $36,120
Key Features
  • Selectable drive mode
  • SYNC 3 which includes 8" color LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack with swiping capability, 911 Assist, AppLink and 2 smart-charging USB ports
  • RECARO partial leather-trimmed with blue accent stitching and RS logo
  • Audio System from Sony with 10 speakers and HD Radio Technology
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial subscription
  • Ambient lighting (single color on RS)
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • LED signature lighting
  • Daytime running lamps

Ford Focus RS Hatchback comes with a standard SYNC 3 infotainment system coupled with an 8-inch LCD display. The trim also flaunts a Sony 10-speaker audio system with support for HD Radio technology. Other notable standard features available with the 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback includes LED signature lighting and blue accent stitching.

2017 Ford Focus RS Engine

7.0/10

"The Ford Focus RS is a weapons-grade compact hatchback with a 350-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system designed with rally-car shenanigans in mind." - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

2017 incarnation of the Ford Focus RS retains the same 2.3L 4-cylinder engine as its previous iteration. The crackling 2.3L EcoBoost sounds seductive and brings out the RS tag out of this untamed Focus. Focus RS is a track ready hot-hatch and the last of its kind. Yes, Ford decided to discontinue Focus.

Models

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

MSRP

$36,120

$33,900

$35,195

$35,655

Engine

2.3L GTDI 4-cylinder

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

2.5L turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

350hp

306hp

305hp

292hp

Torque

350 lb-ft

295 lb-ft

290 lb-ft

 280 lb-ft

Just like all its class rivals, Ford Focus RS Hatchback relies on a 6-speed manual transmission, and the shifts sound subtle. While both Golf R and Civic Type R flaunts a 2.0L engine, Subaru WRX STI comes with a 2.5L engine. Honda Civic Type R offers 306 hp of power and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Subaru WRX STI, on the other hand, offers slightly lesser 305 horsepower and torque of 290 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

Even with a 2.3L EcoBoost, Focus RS churns out 350hp of power and with 3434lbs of curb weight, Focus is one quick hatch. Ford's hot-hatch takes 4.6sec to reach the 60mph mark which is best-in-class and with a crackling exhaust it becomes real hard not to revv the engine every now and then.

Models

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

0-60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.4 sec

5.7 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter mile

13.3 sec

14.0 sec

14.1 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

2.3L

2.0L

2.5L

2.0L

Emission

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

8.0

7.1

9.3

7.1

Ford Focus RS, however, beats Volkswagen Golf R in acceleration and performance. The ride hits the 60 MPH mark in 4.5 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds. However, RS Hatchback has a greater CO2 emission value of 8.0 than Golf R, which is rated 7.1 for the same.

Ride and Handling

The primary emphasis that RS Hatchback focuses upon is performance. However, it does so at the expense of some comfort and refinement. As soon as one hits the pedal, Focus RS gets into the launch with a pleasing booming engine sound. The ride lets the passengers feel every pavement experience on the road, which is pleasing for racing-enthusiasts but not everybody.

Nonetheless, the 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback comes with a lively and powerful handling. Moreover, the pairing of an impressive braking power just makes the ride more lucrative to racing-car lovers. Ford Focus RS Hatchback has an appreciable cornering, all thanks to the taut suspension. To further entice riders, RS Hatchback comes with a Drift driving mode. The drift mode opens up the exhaust valve and lowers the suspension which mated with its AWD donuts the track like a professional.

Braking

The 2017 incarnation of the Ford Focus RS Hatchback comes with an excellent braking power. The ride flaunts a front brake of 13.8 inches and a rear brake of 11.9 inches, exclusively made by Brembo. While the front brake size is maximum amongst the competition, the rear brake size is least. Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R offer the best halting distance of 99 feet and 102 feet, respectively.

Model

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

13.8

13.0

13.4

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

12.0

12.4

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3434

3117

3391

3283

60-0 MPH (ft.)

104

99

109

102

However, 104 feet offered by Ford Focus RS is impressive considering its hefty curb weight of 3434 lbs. Like Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R flaunts a front brake of 13.8 inches. Subaru WRX STI, on the contrary, offers the biggest rear brake of 12.4 inches. However, it takes the most distance of 109 feet for stopping during emergencies, while traveling at 60 MPH.

2017 Ford Focus RS Fuel Economy

8.5/10

Ford Focus RS offers a mileage of 19 mpg in cities and 25 mpg on highways. Overall, the ride delivers a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. This is unimpressive, considering 25 mpg offered by both Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R.

Model

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

MPG (city)

19

22

17

22

MPG (highway)

25

28

23

31

MPG (combined)

22

25

19

25

While both deliver 22 mpg in cities, Volkswagen Golf R leads the charge on highways with 31 mpg. Subaru WRX STI offers the least mileage of 19 mpg in the league.

2017 Ford Focus RS Interior

6.3/10

"Focus RS has heavily bolstered Recaro bucket seats that offer considerable lateral restraint in hard cornering...The rear seat has enough headroom for tall adults, but legroom is a bit limited, a common occurrence in this class." - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

With ample seating at its disposal, 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback is capable of accommodating as much as 5 persons. The ride offers ample 39.1 and 41.9 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively in the front.

Model

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/55.6/41.9

39.3/56.9/42.3

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.4/55.9/41.2

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/52.6/33.4

37.4/55/35.9

37.1/54.2/35.4

38.1/53.9/35.6

In the rear, RS Hatchback has 37.9 and 33.4 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively, at its disposal. The headroom is comparable to 38.1 inches, the maximum in the league, supported by the Volkswagen Golf R. However, legroom is least amongst the class.

Infotainment System

RS Hatchback comes with the SYNC3 infotainment system coupled with an 8-inch touchscreen. The screen offers a bright display, easy menus, connectivity options, and logical navigation. The infotainment system is complemented by a 10-speaker Sony audio system.

Unfortunately, there is no support for Wi-Fi hotspot and auxiliary input. 2 USB ports are available though. Moreover, the system provides support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Bluetooth audio, calling, and voice command is available. There are optional features available like real-time weather and real-time traffic.

Interior Features

The 2017 incarnation of the Ford Focus RS Hatchback boasts a well-built cabin. Controls are within an easy reach and there are soft surfaces available too. Other notable interior features include:

  • Ample headroom
  • Bolstered Recaro bucket seats
  • Easy to use infotainment controls
  • Impressive cargo capacity

Cargo Capacity

2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback flaunts ample cargo space. With the rear seat up, there are 23.8 cubic feet of storage space in RS Hatchback. This is second only to 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space offered by the Honda Civic Type R. Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI offers 22.8 and 19 cubic feet of the same space, respectively.

Model

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3)

23.8

25.7

19

22.8

Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3)

44.8

46.2

44

52.7

With the rear seat folded, Ford Focus RS flaunts 44.8 cubic feet of storage space. This is comparable to 44 cubic feet of the same space offered by the Subaru WRX STI. Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R offer 46.2 and 52.7 cubic feet of the same space, respectively.

2017 Ford Focus RS Exterior

6.3/10

"Focus RS telegraphs its potential with unique exterior styling. It matches an aggressive front fascia that boasts a deep aero-enhancing splitter and larger air intakes with a prominent fixed rear wing. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires or even stickier optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber." - Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Length, width, and height of 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback are 172.8, 71.7, and 58 inches, respectively. Subaru WRX STI has the most length of 180.9 inches in the competition. On the contrary, Volkswagen Golf R has the smallest length of 168.4 inches. Honda Civic Type R has the most width of 73.9 inches, while WRX STI has the least of 70.7 inches.

Model

Ford Focus RS

Honda Civic Type R

Subaru WRX STI

Volkswagen Golf R

Curb weight (lbs.)

3434

3117

3391

3283

Length(in)

172.8

179.4

180.9

168.4

Width(in)

71.7

73.9

70.7

70.8

Height(in)

58

56.5

58.1

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

5.1

4.9

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

104.2

106.3

104.3

103.5

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/60.4

63.0/62.7

60.2/60.6

60.7/59.7

The height of Ford Focus RS is only 0.1-inch less than that of the Subaru WRX STI. In fact, its 58.1 inches is the most height amongst the competition. Honda Civic Type R ties with Volkswagen Golf R for the last spot on the height chart with 56.5 inches. 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback flaunts a ground clearance of 4.7 inches. This is the least in the league. The ride supports a wheelbase of 104.2 inches, comparable to that flaunted by the Subaru WRX STI.

Exterior Features

  • Big dual exhaust pipes
  • Blue-accented RS badges
  • Compact dimensions
  • Dark-finish wheels
  • Gaping front intakes
  • Nitrous Blue paint [Optional]
  • Prominent rear wind

2017 Ford Focus RS Safety

6.0/10

IIHS ratings aren't available for the 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback. Nonetheless, the ride flaunts a good NHTSA scorecard. RS Hatchback is awarded a 4-star rating for rollover, the side barrier for the driver, and front barrier crash. The ride is given a 5-star rating for side barrier for the rear seat, side barrier, and overall.

Other than the safety ratings, 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback comes with a limited number of safety and security features. In addition to supporting an illuminated entry system, the ride also boasts a perimeter alarm. An SOS Post-Crash Alert System is also available.

Safety Features

  • Illuminated Entry System
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Airbags Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger includes dual-stage front airbags, safety belt pretensioners, safety belt energy management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver's seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module and Front-Passenger Sensing System
  • LATCH Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children (rear seating positions; tether anchors on hatchback only)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare)
  • Child-safety rear door locks

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

4 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

4 star

Combined side rating front seat

4 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS not rated

2017 Ford Focus RS Competition

Ford Focus RS vs Honda Civic Type R

Flaunting an initial price tag of $33,900, Honda Civic Type R is the most inexpensive ride in its fraternity. The ride boasts a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine, capable of producing 306 hp of power and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Like its class rivals, the ride comes with a 6-speed manual transmission mode.

Though it beats Subaru WRX STI in performance, Golf R and Focus RS subdue it in the same. The strength of Honda Civic Type R lies in its powerful braking system and a league-leading combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. Moreover, it has the most ground clearance as well as the wheelbase of 5.1 and 106.3 inches, respectively.

Ford Focus RS vs Subaru WRX STI

With a 2.5L SUBARU BOXER engine at its disposal, Subaru WRX STI has 305 hp of power to spare. Additionally, the capable engine generates 290 lb.-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, the ride has the lowest performance in the competition. WRX STI requires 5.7 and 14.1 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH and covering a quarter-mile, respectively.

Subaru WRX STI has a poor combined fuel economy of 19 mpg, which is least in the league. Nonetheless, the ride has spacious front seating and accommodating rear seating at its disposal. The ride also flaunts a respectable ground clearance of 4.9 inches.

Ford Focus RS vs Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus RS receives a close competition from Volkswagen Golf R in terms of performance. The ride takes 0.1-second more than the Golf R for accelerating to 60 MPH. Volkswagen Golf R features a 2.0L I4 engine that generates 292 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque.

Like Focus RS, the ride relies on a 6-speed manual transmission mode for switching between gears. However, Volkswagen Golf R beats 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback in both combined fuel economy and braking power. Though the ride offers excellent seating, it lags behind its class rivals in terms of ground clearance and torque.

2017 Ford Focus RS Final Verdict

2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback is one of the best choices in its segment. The ride trade-offs a little comfort for a powerful performance. For those looking to get an enthralling experience from an everyday car, it is worth opting for the 2017 Ford Focus RS Hatchback.

Pros

Resolute road grip

All-season drive

Trademark Ford RS pedigree

Robust, hearty 2.3L engine

All-around usability

Flamboyant handling

Cons

Basic interior fittings

Unusually higher driving seat

Pogo-stick suspension

Unimpressive Vise-Grip Recaro seats

What's New?

There are no major changes this year.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36120

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

138 cu. in.

horsepower

350 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

350 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear short and long arm suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

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

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

171.7 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

3434 lbs.

ground clearance

6.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

23.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/25 mpg

highway range

335 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Ford Focus RS in Stealth color  2017 Ford Focus RS in Shadow Black color  2017 Ford Focus RS in Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat color  2017 Ford Focus RS in Frozen White color
Stealth

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

6.3

Exterior

6.3

Safety

6.0

Driving

8.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ford Focus RS 4dr Hatchback AWD

4dr Hatchback AWD

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

$36,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $36,120 MSRP (19/22/25) 350 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.3 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5   Frozen White
  Nitrous Blue Quad-Coat
  Shadow Black
  Stealth