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I drive a 1.4 tdci often on motorways and I have done just over 20.000 miles in 18 months at an average of 55 - 60 mpg.
Whilst I use cruise, you may find you get better mpg not using it as it will ‘power’ you up inclines more then you probably normally would.
Obviously we don’t want to talk about excessive speeds on here but I seldom if at all travel at more than 80 mph (on motorways), I find once you are over 70 the mpg /fuel does drop so I tend to stick around 70.
Thanks for the reply. I'm willing to admit I probably had over the top expectations, especially after reading the fuel economy poll thread. Ford, I think, have also exaggerated just a tad as well LOL. Normally when I am doing motorway driving I am very 'sedate' and just do a constant 70 - I like to relax on a long journey
Even with my Focus ST I was the same (and as a result would be regularly overtaken by just about everything haha). I found on my drive back from Warrington just there (220 miles), this time without the cruise control, it did 53mpg again. To be fair on it this time, I did use the air con for a bit too. Surprisingly, what I have found since I got back, is after doing some stop-start driving and general road driving, the fuel economy has now reached 54mpg. I'm beginning to think the 1.4 diesel likes the whole urban/sub-urban/back-road driving, especially if you pay attention to the shift indicator. Certainly, I have noticed it is geared a good bit lower than the 1.6 diesel (if the Ford Focus 1.6TDci estate pool car I drove the other day is anything to go by) - 2600rpm @ 70mph vs 2100rpm @ 70mph. Anyways, getting a bit geeky and nerdy with this now.
As of today, I've now owned the car a week and its fantastic. Need to give it its first wash
Won't me much longer now before I will have forgotton I ever owned a Focus ST