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Question... could the Ford Focus 1.0-litre save you a small fortune?

By Stephen Turvil
May 18, 2012
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Question... could the Ford Focus 1.0-litre save you a small fortune? Ford think so - and they might be right. In fact, the manufacture calculates that despite a thirty-four per-cent increase in fuel prices in the last four years, their 100PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers lower fuel costs than their 2008 Focus 100PS 1.6-litre five-door petrol equivalent.

So, brace yourself for a little mathematics. In January 2008, Ford argue, petrol cost 104.3p per-litre and owners of the 1.6-litre 100PS Focus five-door paid an average of 11.2p per-mile for petrol. Fast forward to 2012, with unleaded prices at 140p per-litre, and the 1.0-litre Ford Focus five-door costs 10.8p per-mile in petrol. That is 0.4p per-mile less.

Andy Barratt, Ford Britain Sales Director, revealed: “The Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine changes the economics of family motoring, delivering exceptional fuel economy from a petrol engine. It’s a time machine which takes you back to the days of lower fuel costs, without compromising power or driveability.”

Let us put the Focus' fuel frugality in terms we easily relate to. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost model averages 58.8mpg, which is more than the entry-level Ford Ka and the base-spec Fiesta. Furthermore, the Focus' carbon emissions are as low as 109g/km, placing this family workhorse in road tax band B/£20. It is, therefore, cheaper to tax than its smaller siblings too. The days of big displacements are clearly numbered. Long live the revolution.

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By Stephen Turvil
May 18, 2012