En­gine choice

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The Fo­cus wouldn’t re­ally be a Ford with­out a com­pre­hen­sive ar­ray of en­gines. The petrol range was badged Du­ratec, com­pris­ing four all-alu­minium units, start­ing with a smooth but slightly weedy 1.4-litre with 79bhp, which strug­gled to 60mph in 13.8 sec­onds and claimed 42.7mpg and 159g/km of CO2. A pair of 1.6-litre en­gines were next, the first boast­ing 99bhp, im­proved per­for­mance and sim­i­lar econ­omy and emis­sions fig­ures to the 1.4, while the sec­ond was a more in­ter­est­ing Twin In­de­pen­dent Vari­able Camshaft Tim­ing (TI-VCT) unit that man­aged a health­ier 113bhp, ac­cel­er­a­tion to 60mph cut to 10.5 sec­onds and a claimed 43.8mpg and 155g/km of emis­sions.

Fi­nally, there was a 2.0-litre en­gine with 143bhp, and al­though per­for­mance was sprightly – 127mph and 0-60mph in 8.9 secs – the 39.8mpg and 170g/km it man­aged were rather less ap­peal­ing.

As far as diesels were con­cerned, mo­torists were sim­i­larly well catered for with the choice of 1.6-litre 108bhp and 2.0-litre 134bhp Du­ra­torq en­gines. The for­mer claimed 58.9mpg and 127g/km of emis­sions (both fig­ures were knocked sub­stan­tially if you opted for the CVT trans­mis­sion) and was Euro 4-com­pli­ant when fit­ted with a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter (DPF).

By 2006, a pair of 1.8-litre 123bhp petrol units joined the range, of­fer­ing 40mpg. One of them was badged FFV and ran on petrol or E85 bio-ethanol, but it was a niche choice.

A high­light of 2008’s re­vised range was the new Eco­netic 1.6 model, a Dpf-equipped, 108bhp TDCI Du­ra­torq diesel that claimed 65mpg and 115g/km emis­sions. In Fe­bru­ary 2010, fur­ther tun­ing and the ad­di­tion of stop/start tech­nol­ogy boosted those num­bers to 74.2mpg and 99g/km.

On the sub­ject of fuel, 2008 saw the in­tro­duc­tion of Ford’s Easy­fuel sys­tem, which elim­i­nated ex­pen­sive con­fu­sion be­tween green and black pumps.

The 1.8-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine.

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