Ford Focus 2015 review – Is the tech-loaded new-look Focus a Golf beater? - Engine and gearbox

Ford’s best-seller returns in its sleekest form yet

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  • Composed chassis, refined ride, strong engine performance
  • But those engines are thirsty

Engine and gearbox

The new Focus is available with the latest from Ford’s EcoBoost engine family, ranging from the award winning 123bhp/125lb ft of torque (at 6000/1400rpm) 1-litre three-cylinder to the new 179bhp/177lb ft of torque (at 6000/1600rpm) 1.5-litre four. These turbocharged engines are as much as 25 per cent more powerful and 15 per cent more efficient than the units they replace, and are accompanied by a naturally aspirated 123bhp/117lb ft of torque (at 6000/4000rpm) 1.6-litre in the petrol line-up.

Three diesel options, a 1.5-, 1.6- and 2-litre TDCi, come in five states of tune with between 94bhp and 148bhp. These offer the most grunt – up to 272lb ft of torque – and best fuel economy with as much as a claimed 64mpg combined possible. 

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Start/stop technology and the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed Powershift auto are available for both petrol and diesel engines. The auto ‘box works well at normal pace and switches cogs smoothly enough, but ask for more and the delayed downshifts can frustrate - optional steering wheel mounted paddles therefore serve little use.

It’s for this reason that the manual six-speed is the only choice for anyone after an engaging drive. In the new car, Ford has fitted a longer sixth ratio for improved motorway economy. Combine this gearbox with the 1.5-litre TDCi engine, for example, and Ford claims 74.3mpg combined is possible.

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