If you’re thinking of buying a new or used Ford Focus, there are many factors to consider. Before purchasing your car, it’s useful to know as much as possible about ongoing costs, which will vary between each model. For example, road tax, maintenance costs and fuel consumption can all have a huge impact on the ongoing running costs of your car. This guide will focus on the fuel consumption figures for both new and used diesel Ford Focus models.
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Learn more about what fuel consumption means and the impact it can have on the ongoing costs of your car.
This section details the fuel consumption figures for both new and used Ford Focus diesel cars.
Find out more about the main advantages of owning a diesel car.
Learn more about the disadvantages of owning a diesel car.
What is meant by 'fuel consumption'?
The term fuel consumption is used to describe how much fuel a car uses per unit of distance. For example, it is often described as miles covered per gallon of fuel, otherwise known as MPG. In general, the higher the MPG, the lower the ongoing running costs of your car.
However, it is worth noting that the official MPG figures are calculated in controlled laboratory environments, so are not completely accurate reflections of real-world driving. The actual MPG you achieve will depend on factors such as the way you drive, the road conditions and the condition of the vehicle.
Ford Focus diesel fuel consumption
Ford Focus models with diesel engines are known for their strong, durable and reasonably fast engines, with low running costs throughout the range.
New Ford Focus Models
Since its launch in 1998, the Ford Focus has become a top seller in the UK. The fourth generation was launched in 2018 and has become a key model within the C-segment, thanks to its handling, spacious interior and efficient engine range.
||Fuel Consumption (MPG)
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.5L EcoBlue
|Ford Focus Titanium 1.5L EcoBlue
|Ford Focus Titanium 2.0L EcoBlue
|Ford Focus ST-Line 1.5L EcoBlue
|Ford Focus ST 2.0L EcoBlue
Used Ford Focus models
If you are considering a used diesel Ford Focus, there are a variety of specs and engine choices to choose from. The entry-level Style is ideal for those on a budget but the Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line models are the most popular choices.
The following figures are based on the Ford Focus model which launches in 2011 and ran until 2018.
||Fuel Consumption (MPG)
|Ford Focus Titanium 1.5L TDCI (150bhp)
|Ford Focus Titanium 1.5L TDIC (120 bhp)
|Ford Focus ST 2.0L TDCI (150 bhp, manual gearbox)
|Ford Focus ST 2.0L TDCI (150 bhp, automatic)
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.5L TDCI
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L TDCI
|Ford Focus Zetec 2.0L TDCI
|Ford Focus ST-Line 1.5L TDCI
Advantages of choosing a diesel car
Before buying a diesel car, it’s important to understand the advantages they can offer over petrol cars.
Superior fuel economy
It is estimated that diesel cars are 30% more efficient than their petrol equivalents, so a diesel Ford Focus is likely to offer better fuel economy both around town and on the motorway.
Large amounts of torque
Diesel engines develop large amounts of torque, which means you will pick up a higher speed at lower engine revs.
Disadvantages of choosing a diesel car
Alongside the advantages, it’s also important to consider the disadvantages of owning a diesel car to help you make an informed decision.
Additional tax costs
The government has recently introduced an additional diesel car tax, known as the VED surcharge, which has increased the initial cost of purchasing a new diesel vehicle. However, beyond the first year, all Ford Focus models registered on or after 1st April are charged road tax at a set rate of £140 per year. Although, if you are considering a used Ford Focus which was registered before April 2017, lower CO2 emissions mean that these models will fall within low tax bands.
Higher purchase cost
Although diesel cars are more fuel-efficient, they tend to cost more at the outset than petrol versions. Diesel cars experience less depreciation than petrol cars and could achieve a higher resale value. If you cover a huge number of miles each year, you may find that the initial cost is recouped through the improved fuel efficiency.
Diesel is more expensive than petrol
In the past, diesel cars were known for their fuel efficiency, however as technology develops and tax regulations change, the lines are not as clear cut. The best fuel choice for you will depend on your own circumstances, budget and your driving preferences.
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