And, yes, it's about time this match up happened.
We honestly couldn’t be more excited for this comparison because we’ve waited long enough for it to happen. And thanks to Motor Trend, it has. The guys over there have pitted a Volkswagen Golf R against a Ford Focus RS, two (and so far only) all-wheel drive hot hatches on the market. Remember, Subaru doesn’t have the WRX STI hatch anymore, which is a shame. OK, yes, there’s also the Audi S3 but it’s only sold as a sedan in the US, which leaves us with the VW and Ford.
Our own recent review of the Focus RS made it clear to us that Ford hit a home run here, partially thanks to the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four with 350 hp. For its part, the Golf R is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbo four found in the GTI, which delivers 292 ponies. So, which is the best AWD hot hatch? Take a break from your day and watch this video.