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2017 Ford Focus RS review

Not too long ago, I wrote a review for my 2013 Focus ST I affectionately named 'STewie'. By far the best car I'd ever owned to date, STewie converted me from a Nissan man to a Ford man. With the phase-out of the Focus RS coming, late last year I was battling with myself whether I should upgrade from a perfectly good car, which I loved, to my dream car before it was too late...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

Coming from a 2015 Focus ST LZ, this car is not just an upgrade or swap-over. Its raw power alone will put a smile on your face every time you take off at the lights. The difference between the two cars is chalk and cheese when it comes to handling and performance, and yet both cars are fun to drive...

2010 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo review

Having learnt to drive on country roads in north-west Tasmania, I have always preferred small, well-sorted cars rather than large, heavy ones. I have enjoyed showing a Commodore V8 a clean pair of heels on a windy road with some black ice in my modestly powered Fiat 128 Sport when, if raw power is compared, the Commodore should have left the Fiat in the dust...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

I bought a 2017 Mustang GT V8 manual in April 2017, and from the moment I took it home I was very disappointed with the quality of the manual transmission and also the overall build quality of the Mustang. In fact, it really left me perplexed as to how this car made it through Ford's quality control in the States and, if any, our QC here in Oz...

2016 Ford Focus RS review

I recently purchased Ford’s ultimate performance car. I’d had my eye on it for quite some time, and I am blown away with how much fun it is. I’ve owned a Ford Focus XR5 turbo for eight years that I love to bits. However, I did not expect the upgrade to be so impressive. I’ve always been a fan of the hot hatch, and to find a Focus that is only 0...

2016 Ford Focus RS review

  As you approach this tiny but mighty beast, you get the sense that you're in for more of a thrill than you get from your typical practical hatch. The eye-popping blue metallic paint mixed with the black accents is a colour combo that works so well together. Behind the 'spider web' wheels, the huge Brembo brake calipers (that look like they're made for a car twice the size) are staring straight back at you...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

  Having now put 150km on my Ford Focus RS, including a little strap over Mt Dandy – and having come from my Ford Focus ST – I can say they are two very different cars to drive. I have the Mountune kit, lightweight wheels and King Springs on the ST, which give it more poke and less body roll than the ordinary, while the RS sits on Whiteline springs and has the forged wheel package fitted...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

The Ford Focus RS is the poster child for the affordable yet highly capable mega-hatches of Australia. Transcending the normal crop of fast diminutive runabouts like the evergreen Volkswagen Golf GTI, Subaru's legendary WRX and Renault Megane RS, this little blue rocket plays in an altogether more stratospheric arena dominated by heavy hitters such as the Mercedes-AMG A45, BMW M140i, Golf R, WRX STI and the Audi RS3 to name a few...

2016 Ford Focus RS review

I’ve had my Focus RS for a little over a year now, during which time I've covered 22,000km, so I figured I may as well share a few of my experiences with the car. There’s been plenty said about what they’re like at full noise, but what are they like to live with? I ordered the car sight unseen back in January 2016, after the first lot of five-star reviews started dropping...

2012 Ford Focus SPORT Review

Originally I was looking for a 4WD SUV, when I spotted a red sport at the Ford dealer I was walking through. The colour definitely caught my eye as did the low interest finance on offer. My trade in offer was higher than expected which sealed the deal for me. I had traded in my VY Commodore which had only done 105,000kms and was in excellent shape...

2008 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo Review

The hot hatch market has no shortage of contenders vying for consumers’ hard-earned dollars, but even a decade on, the Ford Focus XR5 Turbo remains a unique offering with a number of welcome quirks...