VW Golf R vs Ford Focus RS

Picture of Ford Focus RS
Picture of VW Golf R (Mk VII)
Category Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
Max power (ps / bhp) 350 / 345300 / 296
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft) 380 / 280
Curb weight (kg / lb) 1547 / 34111466 / 3232
Power / tonne (ps / bhp) 226 / 223205 / 202
Average price €41,000€44,000

Acceleration (mph)

Speed & distance Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
0 - 40 mph 2.5 s2.3 s
0 - 60 mph 4.5 s4.5 s
0 - 80 mph 8.0 s7.5 s
0 - 100 mph 12.4 s11.2 s
Est. 1/8 mile 9.5 s @ 90.1 mph9.5 s @ 90.1 mph
1/4 mile 13.1 s12.9 s

Acceleration (kph)

Speed & distance Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
0 - 40 kph 1.4 s1.6 s
0 - 50 kph 1.6 s1.7 s
0 - 80 kph 3.5 s3.3 s
0 - 100 kph 4.7 s4.6 s
0 - 120 kph 6.8 s7.7 s
0 - 130 kph 7.5 s7.3 s
0 - 160 kph 11.2 s10.9 s
0 - 180 kph 14.8 s14.1 s
0 - 200 kph 18.9 s18.0 s

Rolling acceleration

Speed Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
60 - 100 kph (4) 4.1 s4.0 s
60 - 100 kph (5) 5.8 s5.7 s
80 - 120 kph (4) 4.4 s4.3 s
80 - 120 kph (5) 5.6 s5.4 s
80 - 120 kph (6) 7.3 s6.8 s
80 - 160 kph (4) 9.6 s9.2 s
80 - 160 kph (5) 12.1 s12.3 s
80 - 160 kph (6) 15.5 s15.8 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph 15.2 s14.3 s

Braking distance

Speed Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
100 kph - 0 34 m (110 ft)32 m (105 ft)
200 kph - 0 134 m (438 ft)126 m (414 ft)
30 mph - 0 8 m (26 ft)9 m (30 ft)
60 mph - 0 40 m (131 ft)32 m (105 ft)
70 mph - 0 48 m (159 ft)48 m (158 ft)

General performance

Category Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
Top speed 268 kph (167 mph)250 kph (155 mph)
Est. 0 - 100 mph - 0 20.1 s @ 1755 ft19.7 s @ 1693 ft
Est. max acceleration 0.68 g (7 m/s²)0.65 g (6 m/s²)
18m slalom 71.1 kph (44.2 mph)69.2 kph (43.0 mph)
Fuel economy 11.2 l/100 km (21 mpg US / 25 UK)9.4 l/100 km (25 mpg US / 30 UK)


Category Ford Focus RSVW Golf R (Mk VII)
Track Performance 600574
Straight line speed 33453486
Total 39454059


There is no clear winner in this comparison.

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Nick Harry  7m ago

Golf wins in a straight line, but loses EVERY track comparison. Again, this site IS called FASTEST LAPS!

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decak54  2y ago

the car must be compared with the same setup, the same stiffness of the shocks and springs;

then there are those who mount michelin super sport or cup2 can not be compared with those who mount standard performance tyres uhp

like golf mk7 R;

other important thing is the angles of camber etc etc:

(all angles are centesimal degrees)
* golf mk7 r and the other vag like s3, rs3 etc. etc. have a standard lady camber who goes to get the bread
  -0.85 front angle degree and -1.30 rear angle degree;

  • a45 has -1.85 front angle degree and -2.45 rear angle degree;

  • m2 -1.50 front angle degreeand -1.85 rear angle degree,

  • focus rs has -1.50 front angle degree and -1.0 rear angle degree

  • m3 e46 csl has -1.75 front angle degreeand -1.85 rear angle degree

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martulot  4y ago

focus on michelin super sport o cup 2 ? and golf on pzero ?

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rick  4y ago

i would hate to be a focus rs owner at the momant here in the uk lots of engine failures and things going wrong with them.

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lance  4y ago

look at the weights ,that focus is a heavy piggy

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Nick Harry  4y ago

The Focus wins the track battles which IS the best overall test of a car, but at the expense of fuel efficiency, while being more than matched in a straight line. A very close call, but true hothatches HAVE to be at least 30 mpg,

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gary  4y ago

neither of these cars is much fun, you need a saxo vts to have a fun time, now that's a classic car.

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jake  4y ago

carwow are are load of shite drivers to dude

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Petrolhead  4y ago

All these golf r owners talking shite. Focus rs is faster in a straight line watch carwows latest drag race with focus rs, golf r, type r, a45 and rs3 the golf r is last everytime. My mate has a golf r with dsg stock and he gets beaten by stock rs's. Golf r is also a lot worse in the corners its haldex awd is a joke its basically a fwd car unlike the rs with a rear bias which also sends power down either axle

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john  4y ago

i was surprised at how heavy the focus rs is compared to the vw
I remember the first golf 4 r32 being slated for being to heavy against the focus 1 rs now it seems things have been reversed .

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Fastedee  4y ago

It really comes down to the driver with cars this close...but the Focus has a little more spirit.The numbers show the differences between the different testing outfits.

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rocko  4y ago

well looking at the summary here the golf r has more points so it is faster than the focus, its only at the track where the focus wins and not many people will track there focus rs lol.

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SkizomanX  4y ago

Golf R is faster because it has the hp claimed by VW unlike the Focus RS which has less (sometimes only 300hp instead of 350...which is a big shame by Ford).
If the FRS had really 350, the Golf would be behind for sure (in the straight..because on the racetrack the Golf just can't keep up, because the haldex system is clearly not as goof as the AWD system by Ford).
And the FRS holds its value way better than the Golf R. SO Focus RS for me... if I could afford it...

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Fastedee  4y ago

Does Quattroroute test or more like Automobile catalogue?

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lee  4y ago

did I see this right , the golf r 1.2 seconds faster to 100mph.
what a heap of junk the focus is ha ha

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bottle top  5y ago

The focus rs will rattle to bits after 3 years, the ride is too hard. ,

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turbo fitter  5y ago

the focus rs weighs more than the moon

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saxy  5y ago

Lol and what would be left of your 5 year warranty mate?

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Needajobby  5y ago

Map the R and it's mile ahead. Extra 109lb/ft and 90 hp.

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BR2+  5y ago

Omg no way, Had no idea..