Used test: BMW M135i vs Ford Focus RS

The M135i and the Focus RS are two magnificent hot hatches, but which one makes more sense as a used buy? Read on for the full tyre-smoking lowdown...

18 November 2018
Used test: BMW M135i vs Ford Focus RS

Our Verdict

Either one of these hot hatches will do any keen driver proud; both are huge fun, albeit for different reasons. The hardcore Focus RS has much higher handling limits and can devour twisting country roads at an incredible rate. The softer, less highly strung M135i can’t quite keep up through the corners, but offers the more engaging experience at road speeds. Aided by a strong, characterful engine, it delivers that bit more fun, more of the time, and, at this price point, it’s an absolute bargain.

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1st – BMW M135i

Used BMW M135i

For Characterful engine; fun handling; ride quality; price

Against Not as fast as the RS; higher emissions

Verdict Sports car driving thrills meet hatchback practicality, and all at a bargain price

5 out of 5 stars

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Used Focus RS

For Incredible cornering power; all-weather traction; slower depreciation

Against Firm ride; cheap interior; far more expensive than the M135i

Verdict Tremendous fun but too pricey next to the BMW

4 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: BMW M135i

Engine size 3.0-litre petrol

List price when new £32,010

Price today £15,800

Power 322bhp

Torque 332lb ft

0-60mph 5.8sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 35.3mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 188g/km


Specifications: Ford Focus RS

Engine size 2.3-litre petrol

List price when new £31,000

Price today £21,90

Power 345bhp

Torque 347lb ft

0-60mph 5.2sec

Top speed 165mph

Fuel economy 36.7mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 175g/km

*Price today is based on a 2016 model with an average mileage and a full service history, correct at time of writing*

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