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Ford Focus Petrol Engines: A Guide To Fuel Consumption

If you are thinking of buying a new or used car, there are many costs to consider other than the purchase price. In this useful guide, we take a look at the various petrol engines available with the range of Ford Focus models and their fuel consumption, to help you find the most economical option for your own specific requirements. The fuel economy of your car will have a huge impact on the ongoing costs of driving, so it is important to make the right choice.


In this guide:

Learn more about what fuel consumption means and how it can affect ongoing car costs.

Find out more about the fuel consumption figures for both new and used petrol Ford Focus models.

Find out more about the main advantages of owning a diesel car.

Learn more about the disadvantages of owning a petrol Ford Focus.

What is fuel consumption and why is it so important?


The term ‘fuel consumption’ is often used when describing vehicles and is simply a way to describe a particular car’s fuel efficiency. This is often referred to as the number of miles a car will drive per gallon of fuel, so the greater the MPG, the less your car will cost you to run.

Ford Focus petrol fuel consumption


The Ford Focus is a popular hatchback and is now in its fourth generation. There are a variety of trim levels, however it is the car’s value for money, low prices and choice of engines which really appeal. If you plan on purchasing a Ford Focus, it is important to consider the various factors, such as engine choice, trim level and transmission, which will make all the difference to your ongoing costs.

New Ford Focus model fuel economy


The latest generation of Ford Focus model launched in 2018 and are known for their spacious interior, generous tech and engine range. The available trims range from the entry-level Style up to the premium Ford Focus ST, with a variety of engines offering varying degrees of fuel economy. To help you with your decision, we take a look at the fuel consumption figures for the most popular trims below.


Model Fuel Consumption (MPG)
Ford Focus Zetec 1.0L EcoBoost 54.64 MPG
Ford Focus Titanium 1.0L EcoBoost 47.9 MPG
Ford Focus Titanium 1.0L EcoBoost Hybrid 55 MPG
Ford Focus ST-Line 1.0L EcoBoost 46.3 MPG
Ford Focus ST 2.3L EcoBoost 34.4 MPG

Used Ford Focus model running costs

If you are considering a used Ford Focus, there are a variety of petrol engine choices and trim levels to choose from. The following figures are based on the Ford Focus which was manufactured between 2011 and 2018, although a facelift model was introduced in 2014.
Model Fuel Consumption (MPG)
Ford Focus ST 2.0L EcoBoost 41.5 MPG
Ford Focus Zetec 1.0L 61.4 MPG
Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L 44.8 MPG
Ford Focus Titanium 1.6L 44.8 MPG


Advantages of choosing a petrol Ford Focus


Alongside fuel consumption figures, it’s also important to be aware of the benefits of owning a petrol Ford Focus.

Petrol fuel costs less


Petrol is cheaper to purchase per litre than diesel, so every time you fill your tank it will cost less than filling the same sized diesel tank.

Lower maintenance costs


Petrol cars tend to be cheaper to maintain, with lower servicing and repair costs than those with a diesel engine. For example, if a diesel car needs its diesel particulate filter replacing, this will be a costly repair which a petrol model will never need.

Ideal for city driving


If the majority of your journeys are short trips around a city or town, a Ford Focus with a petrol engine is likely to be a better choice than a diesel. In comparison, if you are completing regular motorway journeys, a petrol car could be more expensive to run.

Petrol cars are cheaper to buy


Petrol cars tend to be cheaper than the equivalent diesel model, so if you do not complete many miles, a petrol car could save you more over the long term.

Disadvantages of choosing a petrol Ford Focus


As well as the advantages of a petrol car, it’s also important to understand the cons to allow you to make an informed decision.

Petrol engines are less efficient


If you’re looking for the best fuel efficiency, it’s likely that a diesel engine will offer better value as petrol engines are less efficient. For those who regularly complete long journeys, a petrol engine will not offer the best fuel efficiency.

CO2 emissions are higher


Generally, petrol engines emit more CO2 than diesel variations, which means the emissions are higher. If your Ford Focus was registered before 2017, it is likely a diesel engine will be cheaper, if not free to tax. For those registered from 1 April 2017, the tax is charged at a flat rate of £140 per year, although diesels do have a higher rate in their first year.
We know that buying a car can be a difficult decision with so many factors to consider. However, our experienced team is available to answer your queries. We want to help you find the perfect Ford Focus for you and are always available to discuss your requirements. To find out more, please contact us today.