October 9, 2012, 10:42 pm
I'm looking at the new Focus Estate Zetec S
I've always been a driver of petrol cars, but fancied going to the dark side for a powerful diesel this time, however I now feel myself drawn back to the petrolhead side in the 1.6 Ecoboost.
This will be a new car, on a 3 year lease from work.
Difficult one because the monthly cost is almost identical
Diesel P11D value is more but I guess higher residuals offset that, and depreciation is all wrapped up in the lease. The diesel working out about 2 quid cheaper per month.
The BIK rates are very close. 139 g/km CO2 on the petrol = 18%, 129 on diesel = 19% (16 + 3%)
0-60 time is fairly close, but you can't judge with figures, it's more about how it feels. I've driven a Mondeo with the same engine and was quite impressed, but then the reviews are all very positive about the Ecoboost engine, and something that's revvable also appeals. Then again the diesel torque figure appeals as it's (slightly) more than that on my remapped Leon Cupra 1.8t. I basically want to have my cake and eat it.
Normal driving in the Leon I can use the torque of the remapped 20vt, which is in diesel territory but once in a while I can open the taps and am able to rev it too. I pay for that at the pumps of course, averaging 27.5 mpg normally and dropping to low 20s in town or being too enthusiastic, which is what prompted me to look at derv this time.
So for every day driving, the diesel sounds like it makes sense, but I don't do mega miles. About 50-50 motorway and town really.
There's a handling factor too, the extra 100 kilos up front is going to make itself felt. I really need to test drive both of course, but that's going to be tricky as the 182s aren't thick on the ground at dealers. Decisions, decisions...