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Ford Focus review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Focus has great fuel economy, is reasonable to insure and doesn't fare too badly come resale time

The Ford Focus boasts a range of strong engines that each balance performance and economy well. Ford’s ubiquitous 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine now features mild-hybrid tech and comes in two power outputs, while there's the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel option, too. 

The 1.0-litre 123bhp and 153bhp mild-hybrid petrol versions are able to achieve 52.3mpg and 54.3mpg respectively, with CO2 emissions from 116g/km. The 1.5-litre 118bhp EcoBlue diesel delivers a claimed 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and 120g/km of CO2.

The more powerful 2.3-litre ST petrol manual model achieves 35.3mpg, although CO2 emissions are much higher at 183g/km. The automatic version manages just a touch better with an average of 35.8mpg and 182g/km.

Any Focus Estate model will trail its five-door hatch slightly on emissions and fuel economy, but it remains competitive with its rivals on this front.

Insurance groups

The most basic Ford Focus models should be fairly cheap to insure. Trend models start at group 12, while a 153bhp ST-Line version comes in at group 16. The most expensive to insure is the ST, although it still sits in group 27 on the 1-50 scale.

Depreciation

The Mk4 Focus had residual values of around 42 per cent over three-years and 36,000-miles, but the introduction of the facelifted model and a stronger used market mean that owners should see an average return of around 55 per cent of their car's original list price after the 36-month period.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost 125 Zetec Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,955

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 EcoBlue 120 Active Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £23,915

Fastest

  • Name
    2.3 EcoBoost ST 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,310

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