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Old 04-16-2018, 12:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I wouldn't consider it a heavy car at all. From the ford site the focus se with the 1.0 manual comes in at 2974. Thats light at least according to my standards, especially since its a decently roomy car. And it certainly feels light around the corners. But I do think the 1.0t has to work a little bit harder to get the car moving. Once its going and the turbo is spooled its got plenty of power but getting it going i have noticed requires a little bit more gas and clutch slip than I'm used to. So having this small of an engine does have its downsides but I'm really impressed with the power and mileage once the car is rolling a bit. I'll do my first fill up soon.

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Old 04-16-2018, 04:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I guess that's a matter of perspective and what you're used to. My first Focus was just under 2600 lbs. My Civic is just under 2300lbs. My Echo was another 200lbs lighter than the Civic. Heck, my Mustang weighed about what your Focus does.

Cars have just gotten fat in the last decade.

Do let us know how the numbers are I still think the 1.0EB Focus and Fiesta are two of the neatest small cars we've gotten in the last 5-10 years.
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Have a look at this thread to see the correlation between vehicle mass and actual real world fuel consumption for cars with 3 cylinder 1 litre engines.

3 Cylinder Cars - Real World Fuel Consumption

The ford focus with 85kg driver/fuel is 46% heavier than Mitsubishi Mirage with 85 kg driver/fuel.

This results in an increase in real world fuel consumption of 39%.

Ideally the car should have been lighter but failing that the engine should have been bigger.

Interestingly, Ford has now stretched the engine to a 1.1 but so far only naturally aspirated versions of it has been released in the Ford Fiesta.
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Without having seen specs of the recently revealed next generation Focus, I bet it's lighter than the prececessor.
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Interestingly, Ford has now stretched the engine to a 1.1 but so far only naturally aspirated versions of it has been released in the Ford Fiesta.
IIRC some countries such as Italy and Portugal had a tax bracket that benefitted cars with 1100cc engines, but I'm not sure if it remains in effect. But anyway, I can only guess it may enhance the low-end torque a little and fare better when it comes to emissions even if the compression ratio gets a small decrease (more specifically NOx due to the lower aerodynamic heating to be generated at a lower compression).

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