Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 90 Style 5dr
Year ’08/08 Price £7765
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best, and if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and save some money, then this humble Ford Focus fits the bill perfectly. It doesn’t employ a sophisticated hybrid system, or rely on exotic fuels like bio-ethanol, but instead uses diesel power to deliver a knock-out green punch.
A year’s road tax will set you back just £30, and if you cover 12,000 miles a year
your annual fuel bill could be as low as £990.
This Focus is fitted with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine that develops 89bhp, but there’s also a 108bhp version. We’ve chosen the lower-powered model because it’s the more fuel-efficient (at an average of 62.7mpg) and isn’t much slower. Both cost the same to tax each year.
At a glance, it’s impossible to tell the 89bhp 1.6-litre diesel from 108bhp version, because they’re visually identical. The easiest way is to check the car’s V5C logbook to ensure the CO2 emission figures match.
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‘The Focus is the perfect lesson in how to be green: it drives well, has excellent economy and running costs, suits families and singles alike, and does it all with “style”.’
The Style model is the entry point to the range, but it still comes with alloy wheels, air-conditioning and front electric windows. It also has a diesel particulate filter to catch polluting debris.
The Focus is as safe as it is green, with a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, ISOFIX seats and seven airbags as standard. There are loads of examples on the used market, so you’re best off scouring the internet to find the best models and prices.
There’s also a Focus Econetic model with the same engine, but the standard car is much better to drive and live with.
Fuel economy 62.8mpg
Max speed 110mph
CO2 emissions 118g/km
Euro NCAP rating 5/5
Reliability rating 4/5
Service intervals 12,000 miles
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