Ford Focus is cheaper to drive than in 2008

A new 1.0-litre petrol engine will cost less in petrol than four years ago even taking into account a 34 per cent increase in petrol price in that time.

Petrol prices have risen from 104.3p per litre to nearer 140p per litre but Ford says the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which offers the same 98bhp power as the older 1.6-litre petrol, will actually be cheaper to run.

Andy Barratt, Ford Britain sales director, said: “The Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine changes the economics of family motoring, delivering exceptional fuel economy from a petrol engine. It’s a time machine which takes you back to the days of lower fuel costs, without compromising power or driveability.”

He added the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost could help ‘family budgets under pressure’ from rising petrol prices thanks to its improved fuel economy.

The new EcoBoost petrol engine delivers 58.8mpg on the combined cycle and comes with 109g/km of CO2 emissions. This is enough to qualify for free road tax in the first year of ownership under current Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates.

The engine will not only benefit Ford Focus drivers because it is set to be launched in the new Ford B-Max compact MPV and the larger Ford C-Max people carrier.

New Ford Focus EcoBoost prices start from £16,245 for the 1.0-litre model, rising to over £18,000 for the range-topping Titanium EcoBoost version.

Standard Ford Focus models start from just £14,000 in the UK, making it one of the most affordable and most popular hatchbacks available this year from Ford UK dealerships.