• New hot Focus RS tested against ALL its main rivals
  • Test conducted on track and on road
  • See the 35-minute video here
The Ford Focus RS is massive news. New RS cars only come along once in a blue moon, and when they do, they’re usually pretty special.

The thing is, hot hatch buyers have never been more spoiled, with a vast number of very talented models to choose from. So, which one is the cream of the current crop? Well, we decided to find out…

We took the RS to the Anglesey circuit in North Wales, along with no less than NINE of its direct rivals, for a comparison test to end all comparison tests. After expending rather a lot of energy, fuel and tyres, we whittled these ten cars down to a Top Three. These three then went on to face a range of other gruelling tests during an epic road trip through the North West. What’s more, we captured the whole thing on film, which you can watch above.

Having exhaustively tested every contender back-to-back, we announce, unequivocally and beyond all doubt, which is the finest hot hatch money can buy. Welcome to the most thorough and robust test of the hot hatch class you’ll find anywhere. We hope you enjoy the film...
The contenders...
Audi RS3 Sportback
List price – £40,795
Engine/power – 2.5T/362bhp
Transmission – 7DCT/4WD

BMW M135i Auto 3dr
List price – £33,500
Engine/power – 3.0T/322bhp
Transmission – 6AT/RWD

Ford Focus RS
List price – £31,000
Engine/power – 2.3T/345bhp
Transmission – 6MT/4WD

Honda Civic Type R GT
List price – £30,000
Engine/power – 2.0T/306bhp
Transmission – 6MT/FWD

Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic
List price – £40,695
Engine/power – 2.0T/376bhp
Transmission – 7DCT/4WD

Peugeot 308 GTI By Peugeot Sport 270
List price – £28,455
Engine/power – 1.6T/266bhp
Transmission – 6MT/FWD

Renaultsport Megane 275 Cup-S
List price – £23,935
Engine/power – 2.0T/271bhp
Transmission – 6MT/FWD

Seat Leon Cupra 290 5dr
List price – £28,680
Engine/power – 2.0T/286bhp
Transmission – 2.0T/FWD

Subaru WRX STI
List price – £28,995
Engine/power – 2.5T/296bhp
Transmission – 6MT/4WD

Volkswagen Golf R DSG 5dr
List price – £33,190
Engine/power – 2.0T/296bhp
Transmission – 6DCT/4WD

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