The latest Ford Focus models are known for their low running costs, impressive engines, and competitive prices, when compared to rival hatchbacks such as the Volkswagon Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Seat Leon.
However, before you rush into purchasing your Ford Focus Zetec, you should take the time to compare the ongoing running costs against other Ford trims. There are many factors which will impact running costs, such as fuel efficiency, car tax and CO2 emissions, with figures varying between each model.
You will learn:
Learn more about what CO2 emissions are and the impact they can have on the ongoing running costs of your car.
Find out more about the CO2 emissions for the most popular Ford Focus Zetec car models.
This section discusses the different CO2 emissions between Ford Focus Zetec models.
Learn more about Ford EcoBoost engines and how it could have an impact on the CO2 emissions of your car.
A comparison of Ford Focus Zetec CO2 emissions with other models.
How are CO2 emissions calculated and why are they so important?
All petrol and diesel cars are reliant on burning fossil fuels, which produce carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions are contributing to climate change issues, which is why many car manufacturers look to reduce CO2 emissions of their cars, as restrictions continue to tighten.
The amount of carbon dioxide a vehicle emits through its exhaust pipe is measured in grams per kilometre (g/km). To calculate the levels a specific vehicle emits, it must undergo a standard laboratory test known as a WLTP. In general, a car with low emissions of 90g/km will represent the best fuel economy, with figures of over 180g/km indicating poor fuel efficiency and higher ongoing costs.
CO2 emissions for popular Ford Focus Zetec models
If you are considering a new or used Ford Focus Zetec, you’ll be pleased to know that the range includes some great engines which balance economy and performance to offer respectable emission levels.
The latest generation offers the lowest CO2 emissions, with the 1.0-litre engines emitting just 99g/km for the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre variations.
However, if you are considering a used Ford Focus Zetec, the following engines and emission figures prove useful:
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L Automatic, 3-door petrol
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L Automatic 5-door petrol
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L Manual 5-door petrol
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L Manual 5-door diesel
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.6L Manual 3-door diesel
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.8L Manual 3 and 5 door petrol
|Ford Focus Zetec 1.8L Manual 3 and 5 door diesel
|Ford Focus Zetec 2.0L Automatic 3 and 5 door diesel
|Ford Focus Zetec 2.0L Manual 3 and 5 door diesel
|Ford Focus Zetec S 1.6L Automatic 3 and 5 door
|Ford Focus Zetec S 1.6L Manual 3 and 5 door
How do CO2 emissions vary between each Zetec model manufactured since 2011?
To incentivise car owners to switch to models with lower emissions, the government has linked car tax costs directly to the CO2 levels your car emits. Car manufacturers have significantly reduced emissions in recent years, with the latest generation of Focuses offering the lowest emissions.
There are now many cars available which are completely tax-free, as their emissions fall below 100g/km. Compared to the earlier 1.6-litre petrol models, it is estimated that the newest 1.0 EcoBoost engines product 47% less carbon dioxide.
What are the benefits of the Ford EcoBoost engine?
The Ford Focus Zetec is also available with an EcoBoost engine. It has won numerous awards so is an important model to consider. The engine was introduced as a replacement for the standard 1.6-litre petrol engine, with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine capable of producing either 123 or 153bhp. The emissions figures are low and sit around 116g/km with fuel efficiency figures of 58.9mpg.
Recently, Ford has announced a new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with 99bhp and emissions of below 100g/km. This is a ground-breaking figure achieved by adding new aerodynamic tweaks, low resistance tyres and Econetic technology.
In addition to the 1.0-litre engine, there is also a turbocharged 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine. This has slightly higher emissions of 128g/km. However, the engine will deliver either 148 or 179bhp. These options are sure to appeal to company car drivers, as the emissions are low, road tax is low, and the car will deliver 50.4mpg.
To find out more about emissions for Ford Focus EcoBoost models, read our guide.
How do Ford Focus Zetec CO2 emissions compare to other Ford Focus hatchback models?
In general, the emissions across the Focus range are relatively low. However, as you move towards performance models such as the ST, efficiency and emissions do increase. For example, the new Ford Focus ST petrol model features a 2.3-litre engine with comparably higher emissions of 188g/km and 34.4mpg. These figures are echoed with the 190bhp Ford Focus ST diesel, which manages an impressive 50.4mpg however, emissions are still on the high side at 148g/km of CO2.
For those looking for a higher spec than the Zetec, whilst still benefitting from lower running costs, the ST-Line and Titanium trims may be ideal.
For example, the ST-Line diesel is available in popular engine choices such as the 1.5 litre EcoBlue, with low emissions of 124g/km. Alternatively, the 2.0L EcoBlue Titanium diesel emits similar levels of 125g/km. If you are looking for a petrol Focus, the 1.5 litre EcoBoost Titanium emits 133g/km, with the 1.0L EcoBoost ST-Line emitting 139g/km.
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