Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Boost for Focus; Ford's Much-Improved Focus Gets Petrol EcoBoost Technology in a Higherperformance Guise If You Go for the 1.5T Versions. Jonathan Crouch Has Been Trying the Car

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Boost for Focus; Ford's Much-Improved Focus Gets Petrol EcoBoost Technology in a Higherperformance Guise If You Go for the 1.5T Versions. Jonathan Crouch Has Been Trying the Car

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FORD'S Focus will be a rare sight on these shores in 1.5T petrol EcoBoost form but it doesn't deserve to be.

This engine marries together excellent performance with impressive economy - and makes you question why private buyers are really so trans-fixed by diesel power in the UK. After all, a Focus 1.5T gets to 62mph in under nine seconds, yet averages over 50mpg. What more could you ask for...

The stats here tell the story. The 150PS Focus 1.5T variant we tried delivers 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and 127g/km of CO2, figures exactly duplicated from this car in 182PS guise. Contrast that with an entry-level Focus using the brand's old-tech 1.6 Ti-VCT engine in 85PS form - 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 136g/km.

So with this Focus 1.5T, you get twice the performance of a baseline model and a 10% improvement in running costs at the same time. …

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