Ford Focus ST review (2011 - 2019) - MPG and running costs

Expect 25-30mpg in the real world from the petrol model, and 45-50mpg from the ST TDCi.

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MPG and running costs

You’ll have to drive extremely gently to get near the claimed official 39mpg combined figure, which equates to 169g/km of CO2. Under what we have to admit was fairly extreme testing we managed a rather alarming 15mpg according to the trip computer.

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In regular mixed (though still enthusiastic) driving, we've been achieving around 30mpg in our long-term ST estate. That's a whole lot better than you could expect from the old five-cylinder car. More frugal as it is, the ST still can't quite match the Golf GTI, which records official figures of 47.1mpg and 139g/km of CO2.

If fuel costs are a big concern, then the diesel ST presents a much rosier picture, achieving 64.2mpg on the combined cycle, which meas a modest 114g/km of CO2. Don't expect to achieve those numbers in real-world driving, but over most journeys the diesel should sip significantly lower quantities of fuel than the petrol. We achieved 47mpg on a long continental road trip in our long-term ST TDCi estate, and comfortably over 40mpg in normal running.

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Depreciation is where Ford habitually falls down, and, fine value as it undoubtedly is on the showroom floor, the Focus ST is a consierably better buy used. Residual values simply aren’t in the same league as a Golf GTI’s and the ST will struggle to hold onto 40 per cent of its value after three years.

 

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