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I still can’t believe the November edition of the Herald has hit your doorsteps already. It really does seem like only two minutes ago I was wishing you a merry Christmas, and yet it won’t be long until I am doing so again. Nevertheless, I shall digress. I have another review for you this month, and it’s of a particularly interesting car; the Ford Focus ECOboost.
Previously if you wanted a Ford Focus and you aren’t a fan of oil-burners, then the smallest option was a 1.6-litre. More importantly though, this engine was notoriously uneconomical. Driving around town you could easily be looking at sub-30mpg. That really is hard to live with in a family car, and Ford realised this.
Their answer is the ECOboost engine, which is “Ford” speak for turbocharged. The engine is a mere 1.0-litre in size, and yes I can imagine your eyebrows are somewhat raised at the idea of a 1.0-litre engine in a car that’s also grown since the previous model. However, I can assure you from first-hand experience that it is more than adequate to get the Focus’ wheels moving. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s excellent, and that’s not a word I throw around.
You see, by turbocharging the 1.0-litre it produces 125PS, and that explains why it doesn’t hang about. 0-62mph takes 11.3 seconds and top speed is 120mph, which is nigh-on identical to the 1.6-litre petrol model. However the difference appears in the fuel consumption. The ECOboost claims 56.5mpg, whereas the 1.6 can only offer 44.1, and that’s a big difference. CO2 emissions for the 1.0-litre are 114g/km, putting in in VED band C (£30 per year road tax). And the 1.6? Well that emits 149g/km, and so that’s another brownie point to the ECOboost.
I really get this car. It offers you a viable alternative if you really want a petrol car. It drives well and the 3-cylinder ‘rasp’ even sounds quite nice. The cheapest ECOboost is in Zetec trim, and starts from £16,995OTR which isn’t too bad. However, do be warned because by the time you get up into the Titanium model I tested with a few extras, the price has soon climbed above £20,000. For that money there is a lot of kit, so there is plenty to suit all tastes. I urge you to go and test drive one of these, it’s definitely worth a look.