Car emissions have come under the spotlight in recent years, but do you know anything about the emissions of the car you’re looking to buy? As well as the environmental impact, CO2 emissions can also have an impact on factors such as fuel consumption and tax costs so, knowing more about a car’s emissions rating before committing to buying it can have an impact.
In this short guide, we’ll help you understand the emissions of different Ford Focus Titanium models and reveal what impact this might have on running costs.
In this guide:
Learn more about what CO2 emissions are.
Find out more about the emissions for Ford Focus Titanium models.
Learn more about the impact of CO2 emissions on the ongoing running costs of your car.
What are CO2 emissions?
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a gas emitted from the exhaust of your car when the engine burns fuel. It is a significant factor in the build-up of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, with vehicle manufacturers around the world coming under increasing pressure to lower the harmful emissions produced by the diesel and petrol engines.
CO2 emissions are measured in grams per kilometre (g/km0), which is the average amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere from the car’s exhaust for every kilometre travelled.
Ford Focus Titanium models range between 116g/km of CO2 for the 1.0L EcoBoost Titanium Hybrid (mHEV) 125PS and 155PS petrol models to 128g/km of CO2 in the 2.0L EcoBlue Titanium 150PS diesel variant with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Ford Focus Titanium Emissions
The Ford Focus Titanium is offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, with varying power outputs and the choice of either a manual or automatic gearbox.
The Ford Focus Titanium with the lowest emissions is the 1.0L EcoBoost Hybrid (mHEV) petrol engine, with either 125PS or 155PS. According to WLTP figures, this has the official lowest-performing emissions of 116g/km of CO2, with a claimed fuel consumption of up to 55.4mpg.
Next is the 1.5L EcoBlue Titanium 120PS manual diesel engine which emits 119g/km but offers a better fuel consumption of up to 62.8mpg. There is also a 1.5L EcoBoost Ford Focus Titanium 150PS, with CO2 emissions of 132g/km of CO2.
In addition, the 2020 Ford Focus Titanium is offered with more powerful 2.0L petrol and diesel engines. The 2.0L EcoBlue Titanium 150PS has claimed emissions of 125g/km with a manual gearbox, while the automatic variant is 128g/km.
If you’re looking to buy a used Ford Focus Titanium, you’ll find that older model variants and emissions can vary depending on the year of manufacture.
Being primarily a trim level, Ford Focus Titanium models are comparable with most other models in the Ford Focus range, including the ST-Line and Zetec versions. The exception is the ST models, which come with more powerful 2.0L EcoBlue and 2.3L EcoBoost engines, with the latter petrol version offering 280PS and emissions of 187/188g/km of CO2.
CO2 emissions and running costs
When buying a new or used car, it’s important to understand that CO2 emissions have an impact on the ongoing running costs of a vehicle. CO2 emissions can determine the amount of road tax you pay, as well as affecting the efficiency and fuel economy you achieve.
As a general rule, older vehicles produce more CO2 emissions than newer ones. Manufacturers have made great strides in recent years towards producing greener and less polluting vehicles, with the advanced range of modern petrol and diesel engines available in current models such as the Ford Focus Titanium and Ford Fiesta both being cheaper to run and lower in CO2 emissions than their predecessors.
CO2 emissions and car tax
Vehicles registered before April 2017 fall under the UK’s ‘old’ car tax system, which was nased entirely on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Any car producing under 100g/km of CO2 was exempt from paying road tax entirely, while vehicles above this level were placed into tax bands based on emissions. This started at £20 a year for a car emitting 101-110g/km, while the most polluting vehicles in the highest bands were charged up to £555 a year.
For new cars, or any vehicle registered after April 2017, the tax is calculated under a different system. The first year’s tax is based on its CO2 emissions, with subsequent years charged at a flat rate of £150 per year for most vehicles. Those with a list price of £40,000 or above also incur an additional ‘luxury car tax’ of £325 per year from the second to sixth year.
As of September 2020, Ford Focus Titanium models start at £23,610 on the road, with CO2 emissions of between 116g and 128 g/km of CO2, meaning a first-year car tax bill of £175 for petrol models and £215 for diesel models. After that, you should pay a flat rate of £150 a year.
The impact of low CO2 emissions on running costs
While the Ford Focus Titanium is one of the most efficient models in its class, there are a few additional things you can do to further lower emissions and keep the running costs of your car to a minimum.
Firstly, you should ensure that your car is regularly serviced and maintained according to Ford’s recommended schedule. This will ensure your vehicle continues to perform as it should over the long-term.
In addition, be sure to keep all tyres at the correct pressure and top up as required. Incorrect pressures can have an adverse effect on both emissions and fuel economy.
Adapt driving style
Finally, adapting your driving style can have an impact on CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. This means accelerating more slowly, keeping within speed limits, and gradually easing off the accelerator rather than hard braking.
To find out more about the Ford Focus Titanium or other Ford Focus models, please contact our team today.