Styled right

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are the tight rear leg room and the large 12m turn­ing cir­cle. As to con­sump­tion, it’s quoted at 7.7L/100km, but it was in the high teens in the hills and read­ing 42L/100km on track! Guess you don’t get some­thing for noth­ing. The new RS isn’t as wild as the last one; while it’s not ex­actly sub­tle, nei­ther is it OTT. The front and rear are RS spe­cific but oth­er­wise the rest is sim­i­lar to the ST. The RS ad­di­tions are de­signed to let as much cool­ing air in as pos­si­ble and achieve ‘zero lift’ at speed. Want to be showy? Go for the Ni­trous Blue. Oth­er­wise, there are two shades of grey, a black and a white. In­side, there are part-leather Re­caro seats, blue stitch­ing, some nov­elty gauges and a few RS badges about. It’s oth­er­wise a reg­u­lar Fo­cus with the same Sync2 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, re­vers­ing cam­era, smart key, con­ven­tional cruise con­trol with speed lim­iter but no ac­tive safety bits. The price is rea­son­able, $69,880, and not bad given its £30k in the UK, which con­verts to $66,700. Op­tional is a $3000 per­for­mance wheel pack with ten-spoke forged al­loys (950g lighter per wheel) and Sport Cup tyres.

What else could you buy? The Golf R springs to mind, but the STI is closer in con­cept and driver ap­peal. The RS how­ever is good enough to be com­pared with the vastly more ex­pen­sive RS 3 and A 45 and we reckon it has more driver ap­peal, more char­ac­ter. In fact it’s pretty much all the driver’s car you could ever want. Lat­est RS is tamer in a styling sense than the wide-bod­ied three-door that pre­ceded it. Front and rear aeros are de­signed to re­duce lift and send cool­ing air where it’s needed.

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