I've just bought my first Focus, I'm very happy with it apart from the
fuel consumption. It's a 1.6 Zetec Climate, I don't drive it hard but I
only get 28mpg around town. For a modern engine this is rubbish - my son
has a 1.6 Peogeot diesel 206, he gets 45 mpg on the same sort of run. I
obviously expected some difference, but not this much!
Is 28 mpg around town/45mpg motorway normal for this car?
How can you compare a medium-sized petrol car with a smaller diesel?
If the town use involves lots of stops and starts, with significant idling,
then 28mpg is about right. Depending on exact specification, the maker's
figures for "Urban environment" are in the range 29.1 to 31mpg.
I don't think I have ever got 45mpg out of my Focus, (although admittedly
with the 1.8 petrol Zetec), on *any* sort of run. I do drive fairly
Perhaps you should have considered whether a diesel Focus would have suited
I managed to get 55mpg out of a 1.6 Focus. Admittedly this was while in
France during one of their fuel tanker strikes and I had to cover the
200 miles to the ferry port on 1/4 of a tank. I drove like a nun,
coasted when I could and never touched the brakes.
OTOH, I can get mid 30's mpg from my 2.0 TDCi Focus at autobahn speeds.
If some of us are talking U.S. gallons and others Imperial gallons,
that's a 20.0% difference in mpg.
I get around 27 mpg (US) in mild and warm weather
and 23 mpg in subfreezing weather with a 2.3L PEZ
in city-suburban driving.
Hey -- someone else with a 2.3 Duratec. Not something I'm used to
seeing in here. :) My mileage is lower than yours, although I got
*considerably* more one time when I did a 200-mile all-freeway run
with mileage as my TOP priority, even down to closed windows for
drag reduction on a fairly warm day.
My 2 litre Zetec Mundano gets around 25 around town and mid-late thirties
on longer runs. Your's doesn't sound so bad.
No point comparing with a diesel - My 2.5 litre turbo derv wagon does
better than the ford and weighs nearly twice as much 8-/
Thanks for all the responses guys and gals, looks as though my focus is
normal then. Not wanting to look a complete idiot, I wasn't comparing my
focus with a small diesel, of course I know that there will be some
difference but I didn't expect the diesel to consume *half* as much fuel
as my car - I thought modern engines were supposed to be efficient!
Depending on the trade-in I may change to a diesel sooner rather than later.
28 isn't even near to half of 45...
The Focus and the 206 are not in the same market sector. You need to compare
eggs with eggs.
Modern engines *are* more efficient than older ones.
Fuel consumption is not so good due to all the emission control systems
fitted, and the added weight of safety systems, and extras like air-con and
Even if you go back one generation and compare the weight of an Escort with
that of a Focus, there is a significant difference. Compare the Focus with
something from the '60s like a Ford Anglia and the difference is suprising.
Increased weight will have more effect on consumption in the urban cycle
than the constant speed figures.
Bear in mind that some operating costs can be higher for diesels, and not
everyone likes the driving characteristics of them - me for one!
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