Interior and tech
The interior is the Ford’s Achilles’ heel. It’s much like a standard Focus interior, with very little that defines it as a hot hatch. It doesn’t have the finish, or quality of the materials of its rivals – even the similarly priced Golf R feels significantly more premium.
The biggest issue is the placement of the front seats, even with the optional Recaro bucket seats you just can't get low enough in the cabin to really feel apart of the car. Add to this Ford's old SYNC 2 infotainment system and iffy erginomics of the gearstick and handbrake and the RS's interior starts to feel like a bigger compromise than you would expect to make for an RS against more sound rivals like the Golf R and Audi S3.
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As it’s a Focus though, it’s practical, big enough for 5 people and has a relatively large boot.