February 17, 2010, 6:30 am
[quote name='Nug878' date='17 February 2010 - 11:44 AM' timestamp='1266406459' post='65404']
Now, I should explain I used to own a 1.8TDdi Focus? Loved the car and would defend it to the hills. Now it's in the scrap yard in the sky thanks to the snow and ice us Brits experienced in the early days of January, I'm looking for a new car. As a stereotypical teenager, I keep changing my mind, I've been looking at cars and saying: "right, I'm going to get and Astra" ... This soon changed to a Citroen Xsara, then a Punto, then a Corsa. But then I thought, my Focus was perfect for me, so why not get another Focus?
So, that's what I'm doing. Question is, being an ex 1.8TDdi owner, I've looked on the grand pages of AutoTrader and surprised to see how many good nick/low mileage 1.6i Focus's are for decent prices ... Even the top spec "Zetec" models.
I was just here to ask, anybody know which is the better car in general? I do high mileage but specs suggest both engines do similar MPG so I'm not bothered about that.
Thanks in advanced.
Well seeing as you do high mileage, I would have thought the 1.8 TDi would be more cost affective. As the 1.6i will mean your fuel bill being an extra £377 at 15k per annum, £503 at 20k per annum. Plus being a 1.6 you will have to work it harder in the gears, as the 1.8TDi will have better mid range torque,I should imagaine.
I had a 99 plate Focus 1.8i Zetec [always seemed to be at the petrol pump], prior to buying a 54 plate new shape Volvo S40 2.0D SE,[never seemed to be at the petrol pumps, and could it shift without resorting to working the box, brilliant] now we have a 55 plate 1.6 Zetec Climate [wife insisted, she missed the ease of driving a Focus] does not do nothing like Fords consumption figures, but that said marginally better than the 1.8i Zetec was. Obviously slower acceleration than the 1.8i Zetec, but still quite nippy for a 1.6 but soon runs out of puff.
Focus better driving experience, but the S40 had fantastic pick up and effortless overtaking with little need in the gearbox department, and all done in luxurious surroundings. WHY NOT buy a Focus with the same 2.0D engine in it and get the best of both worlds. Mind you I've only owned the 2.0 TDCi, so cannot compare it to the 1.8 TDi
PS: just twigged "the grand pages" I now realise you looking bargain basement. Still got to be the 1.8TDi for me