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2016 Ford Focus RS Faces Off Against Eight Other Hot-Hatches: Video

Now is perhaps a better time than any other moment in history to be a hot-hatch aficionado.

Indeed, between Ford’s triple-threat of hot-hatch offerings, and the broad range of choices offered by rival German and Japanese automakers, those looking to buy a souped-up hatchback might find themselves so spoiled for choice that it’s nearly impossible to¬†know where to start narrowing down the options.

Thankfully, Auto Trader is here to help, having put together a comprehensive comparison test between the all-new Ford Focus RS, plus eight rival models from the likes of Honda, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Subaru, and more, to definitively answer the question of which is the best hot-hatch available in the UK. The winner can’t get by on charisma alone; in addition to Auto Trader’s subjective evaluations of driver satisfaction, obtained by careful observation on both the track and the street, each car’s favorability¬†is also affected by calculated running costs and practicality.

In other words, if the newcomer – the Ford Focus RS – wants to win the comparison test, it will not only need to drive and handle well, but prove to be sensible as a daily driver, as well.

Can the all-new, all-wheel drive Ford Focus RS pull off a win against such fearsome competition? Watch the video above to find out.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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