2017 Ford Focus RS Review

Ford Performance Vehicles have generated quite the well-deserved reputation among Canadian drivers. One option you need to check out is the 2017 Ford Focus RS. It's a hot little hatch which features explosive acceleration, outstanding handling and an overall sophisticated delivery.

Performance

The Ford Focus RS has a unique look, thanks in large part to the more aerodynamic grille, plus a rear diffuser and spoiler. These features actually benefit handling at high speeds. In addition, the front brakes receive additional cooling via channeled air ducts.

To give this hatchback the power to move in a hurry, Ford uses a 2.3-litre EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder engine. Thanks to the combination of direct injection and forced induction, this engine pushes out a maximum 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. As a true enthusiast car, a 6-speed manual transmission is the only option.

Handling is superb, thanks in no small part to the Ford Performance all-wheel drive. It features dynamic torque vectoring, so you can blast through turns on a track with extreme confidence, just as well as take on slick conditions during the Canadian winter.

According to Ford, this car can go 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds. It can also reach 266 km/h on a track.

Safety

While the Ford Focus RS certainly makes any trip more entertaining, the car also comes with impressive safety features. AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control works with the antilock brake system to adjust as road conditions and driver responses change. The result is greater control of the vehicle, so you can better avoid getting in a crash.

A rear view camera is standard equipment, turning on each time you shift into reverse. A live video feed of whatever is behind the car shows up on the screen in the centre stack. Predictive lines help you plot a safe course.

In a crash, 7 airbags are at the ready, deploying when needed to soften the blow. Among them is a driver's knee airbag, which fills the gap between your legs and the instrument panel. Side curtains provide coverage for both rows of seating.

Conveniences

You also enjoy quite a few modern conveniences with the Ford Focus RS, making it a vehicle you can drive each day. Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control means the driver and front passenger can choose settings they enjoy individually, so everyone can be happy.

A standard power moonroof helps you bring the outdoors inside your car. Open up the sliding shade to allow light to flow into the cabin. With the press of a button, you can crack it in the vent position, allowing some air to come inside. Opening it completely lets the air flow into the car uninhibited.

In colder conditions, the heated steering wheel is a great feature. The Recaro leather front seats with Miko Dinamica inserts also have heaters, and are power-adjustable.

You don't need to get out your keys to unlock the car, or start the engine. Intelligent Access automatically detects when the key is nearby, so you can get going with less hassle.

Check out the Ford Focus RS by visiting Merlin Ford Lincoln, your Saskatoon Ford dealership.

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