Full test of the all-new Ford Focus Diesel exceeds Ford's fuel economy claims

14 May 2011

Ford Focus tested

The Mark III Ford Focus launched in March. Time to think about tracking down a Mark II?

The latest Focus has been put through the Which? Car lab test - and exceeded Ford's claims on fuel economy.

The first version of the car to visit the Which? Car lab, the 2.0TDCi diesel, is expected to be one of the biggest sellers in the Focus range.

Our in-depth tests revealed that while the Focus isn't quite a class-leader in terms of practicality and interior comfort, it is impressive on fuel economy.

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Focus on economy

The 2.0 TDCi diesel has a claimed combined fuel economy figure of 56.5mpg, but the car we tested bettered this figure with a combined average of almost 59mpg.

That's better than the 57mpg figure we recorded in the lower-powered 140bhp 2.0TDI Volkswagen Golf when we last tested it.

Our tests are more realistic than the industry standard fuel economy measures, as they mimic real-life situations - so, unlike the Focus, most cars we test fall short of what's claimed.

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We also found that the Focus is good to drive, with very impressive refinement and ride quality.

If you want to find out more, then Which? members can take a look at our full review of the Ford Focus

If you're not already a Which? member, then you can take out a £1 trial here