Ford Focus 1.0-litre Ecoboost Zetec
Power output: 123bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque: 125lb ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Top speed: 120mph
0-62 mph: 11.3sec
Economy (mpg): 56.5
CO2 emissions (g/km): 114
Rattling around the bending Essex lanes beyond the Ford plant at Dunton it's hard to hear what the new 1.0-litre engine sounds like.
It's nearly silent and pulling up to lights on several occasions I'm convinced I've stalled it. But that's about the only noticeable difference from the normal 1.6-litre Focus engine. The rest of the time it drives like a normal Focus (very well indeed) and has plenty of power to manage overtaking and strong acceleration without much effort.
It's very refined too and doesn't have the pops and whizzes of some tiny petrol engines. The only time I really noticed its lack of engine size was when lifting off the throttle down in gear, only to discover there is very little in the way of engine braking to slow you down without using the brake (and wasting fuel economy). On paper it should do 54.5mpg but, as always, claiming a manufacturer official economy figure is tricky. That said, I came pretty close, making the 1.0-litre a liveable alternative to a diesel and a cheaper one.
Life & Style blogs
Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
Why it matters 26 million people have changed their Facebook profile picture to a rainbow flag
YouTube star Loey Lane hits back at hateful comments about ‘fat girls in bikinis’ and how plus-size women promote obesity
The age of inactivity: How laziness is killing us
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...