Mk1 Focus...2l worth it over a 1.6l?

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1 second quicker to 60 IIRC.

/heads to Parkers.

edit: Parkers agrees, and the 2.0 has a top speed of 125mph over the 1.6's 115mph.
 
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1.6 seconds apparently, although I know for a fact that it doesn't take 10.6 seconds to hit 60 in a 1.6.

My main problem at the moment is my 1.6 feels dog slow with aircon on or more than 1 passenger, I'm hoping a switch to 2l would cure that.
 
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I've heard quite the opposite. That the 2.0 is quite a lot less economical, yet doesn't deliver that much more performance... Personally I've only ever driven a 1.6 (slow) and a 1.8 90bhp diesel (also slow).

Air con does sap a lot of power though. I remember a long motorway journey in my 1st car, a 1.25 fiesta, on a really hot day, 3 up and rammed full of luggage. It was evident that we could either do 85 and cook, or 70 with the aircon on. It was that afternoon I vowed to buy myself a more powerful car!
 
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I've heard quite the opposite. That the 2.0 is quite a lot less economical, yet doesn't deliver that much more performance... Personally I've only ever driven a 1.6 (slow) and a 1.8 90bhp diesel (also slow).

Air con does sap a lot of power though. I remember a long motorway journey in my 1st car, a 1.25 fiesta, on a really hot day, 3 up and rammed full of luggage. It was evident that we could either do 85 and cook, or 70 with the aircon on. It was that afternoon I vowed to buy myself a more powerful car!

Your one must have been broken then.
 
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I didn't really find the 2.0 that quick, a bit better on motorways but didn't feel much nippier than the 1.6.

If you want one that feels quicker and copes better with being heavily loaded, have a look at the TDCi - if you want one that is quite a bit quicker, look at the ST170
 
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Not broken, just took a lot of power off an engine that didn't have much to begin with. Plus I'd imagine the car was approaching max. weight. Ahh the memories!
 
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My olde 1.6 auto LX used to do mid 20s mpg at best in town, auto box sapped alot of juice i reckon, never got over 280 miles to a tank. However even with that box i'm sure it never took 11sec to 60 either.
 
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My olde 1.6 auto LX used to do mid 20s mpg at best in town, auto box sapped alot of juice i reckon, never got over 280 miles to a tank. However even with that box i'm sure it never took 11sec to 60 either.

Wowzers... my ST220 gets that economy, and the engine's nearly twice the size!
 
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My olde 1.6 auto LX used to do mid 20s mpg at best in town, auto box sapped alot of juice i reckon, never got over 280 miles to a tank. However even with that box i'm sure it never took 11sec to 60 either.

That is awful, i could get around 400 from a tank in my 1.6 focus. To OP though i wouldn't bother upgrading to another focus even the ST170 isn't amazing and what the 2.0 makes up in performance you would lose in economy.
 
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My missus had to sell her 2.0 Focus because it just used far too much petrol, would never ever be above 30 mpg even on the motorway.
 
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I owned a mk1 Focus 2.0L Ghia for 3 years.

MPG is low for the type of car, I tended to thrash it everywhere and did lots of short journeys and averaged 30mpg, I would average 34mpg on a long run on the motorway.

It certainly has a noticable performance gain over the 1.6, and the 0-60 is not a fair comparison as the 1.6 can do 60 in second whereas the 2.0l can not (different gear ratio).

I never really noticed the air-con kicking in on the 2.0L, however this is certainky noticable on other cars I have driven.

I loved my Focus and have very few complaints about it (other than the cup holders), however if I had the same sort of cash again I would be buying a Mondeo, purely because it's a better buy for the money and isn't that much bigger to drive.
 
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