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Our Fleet: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi - October 2011

Ford
BIK List Price
£19,665
Ford Focus BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Ford Focus BIK Percent
CO2
109g/km
Ford Focus CO2
Combined MPG
67.3
Ford Focus MPG

Review

In the last road test on our long-term Ford Focus, there was a fuel economy challenge which I happily took up over the past few weeks.

The 1.6 TDCi engine in our Focus had been delivering fuel economy of ‘only’ 53.5mpg, with an expectation this would increase significantly in future.

My attempts at maximising fuel economy are well-known in the office, with one wag suggesting that I get my kids to get out and push on hills to reduce emissions, but on this occasion I am still a long way off the 67.3mpg combined fuel economy figure stated by Ford.

I did achieve 55mpg on a long-run (with the kids in the car, rather than pushing), but this quickly dropped off with town driving.

However, I can’t say I am disappointed for two reasons. Firstly, this is a sizeable family car and it seems that 50mpg will be a feasible target for all drivers, which is very good in my book.
Secondly, the combined fuel economy test isn’t really designed to cope with stop/start technology, which is fitted to our test car, so it tends to over-emphasise an engine’s performance in test conditions, particularly for the urban cycle.

I still imagine there is a fuel economy figure starting with a ‘6’ under the bonnet somewhere, but I suspect it would take a lot of patience and miles to find it.

Author: John Maslen

Driver Notes

Winter Driving
I picked up the keys to the Focus just as the cold snap started and found the Focus to respond really well to the snow and icy conditions, I felt safe and the handling was consistently good.
Driver appeal
This car looks great, it's sporty appearance seems to be well thought out from the chassis to the light design.
Fuel costs
I have found the Focus to be fairly economical achieving around 54mpg on usual journeys, however on more urban roads I have easily achieved over 60mpg.
Safety Features
Our Focus comes with a safety pack which includes a lane departure warning (plus an intervention setting), rear blindspot monitoring system, road sign monitoring, automatic braking intervention and a driver alertness monitor. I have not yet tested all of this kit but early signs are good - the only feature that has raised concerns is the road sign monitoring which identifies signs on roads you are not intending to travel on.
Top Speed
120mph
Ford Focus Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Ford Focus Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Ford Focus Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £6,125
4 Year 80k : £4,500
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 34.71
4 Year 80k : 31.51

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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