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Ford Focus 1.6T 180 Ecoboost Zetec S First Drive - Autocar
Test date: 17 November 2011 - Price as tested: £20,495

by Nic Cackett
...the trim level has taken less than a year to migrate to the new Ford Focus Zetec-S, tested here.

With it comes the more powerful version of the 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine already at the heart of the petrol line-up. Producing 180bhp and 199lb ft of torque in overboost mode, it improves the Focus’s 0-62mph time to 7.9 seconds, but retains the capacity for 47mpg fuel economy.

Around the beefier powerplant, Ford has hung all the usual Zetec-S trinkets. A bodykit is the obvious addition, but underneath the car has been treated to stiffened springs and dampers, while the cabin gains sportier front seats and a slightly better standard of trim...

...Impressively (or, perhaps in Ford’s case, unsurprisingly) the enhancements have not entailed a dramatic loss of comfort. There’s the occasional abrupt shiver that wouldn’t have previously filtered through, but otherwise the tighter body control barely hinders the Focus’s class-leading ride quality.

The extra power is similarly well absorbed. With a five-door hatchback to shift away from the lights the 1.6-litre lump doesn’t feel especially potent from a standstill, but up into its linear stride, it adds sufficient brio to complement the revamped handling...
 

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Re: 1.6EB Focus Review - Autocar.co.UK

The Ford Focus comes with a powerful engine to which generates a better torque to boost up the speed. It also has various new features which make it a first choice car for the people.
 

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Re: 1.6EB Focus Review - LeftlaneNews

Ford unveils UK-specific, 178-hp Ford Focus Zetec S EcoBoost - LeftlaneNews
By Andrew Ganz
Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2011 @ 9:47 am

Drivers in the United Kingdom are being treated to a special Ford Focus to celebrate the arrival of the automaker’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder: The Zetec S...

...Despite the power, the Focus is rated at a leisurely 7.9 seconds from zero to 62 mph, although it emits a reasonable 139 g/km of CO2. Helping save gas is Ford’s ECOnetic Technology group, which includes automatic start/stop, an Eco mode, a gear shift indicator, regenerative brake charging and an active grille shutter like that used on the North American Focus’ Eco package.

Further setting the car apart is a unique body kit with special 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as...

optional interior:
 

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First Drive: 2012 Ford Focus Zetec S - MotorTrend
ST Lite: 1.6-Liter EcoBoost-Powered Focus is Refined, But We Want More
December 08, 2011
By Paul Horrell

...It might not be an ST, but this 1.6-liter engine is still a whole lot more stout-hearted than the 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated motor used by the current U.S. Focus. Like the ST engine, it gets the whole EcoBoost hoopla: a low-inertia turbo and twin variable camshaft timing, and 2900 psi direct gasoline injection. That allows high compression without knock, and exact combustion control. Or, as we say in English, more power and better fuel economy.

To back up the 180 horsepower at 5700 rpm, it manages to maintain a torque of 177 lb-ft from 1600 rpm up to 5000, and below 4000 on transient overboost it'll actually make 199 lb-ft. Not bad at all for a compact hatch that doesn't pretend to be hard-core sporting. It's enough for 0-62 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds. The 1.6 recently debuted in the Fiesta ST concept, and we wouldn't be surprised if it comes to the U.S. in either a production version of that car or the U.S.-spec Focus at some point.

Because of all that torque, it feels useful on real roads. What it doesn't feel, sadly, is exciting. Yes, it's a smooth motor with a cheeky exhaust back-roar, but it doesn't goad you into charging for the redline. That line is dotted at 6500 rpm and doesn't go unbroken until 7000, yet there's almost no chance you'll know the joy of going that high. Power tails off rapidly around 5700 or so...

...The Zetec S is a very refined everyday car. But we want more. The old European ST and RS, and the Volkswagen GTI, all magnetize an interested driver with rabid involvement. We desperately hope the new ST will carry the tradition. The Zetec S doesn't extinguish that hope, but it does nothing to nourish it.

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests...ford_focus_zetec_s_first_drive/#ixzz1g0LrayKw
 

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Ford Focus 1.6 Ecoboost long term test - uk.autoblog.com
By Jay Nagley, Dec 21, 2011

...When you come back to the Focus after driving a different car, you realise how easy it is to live with. For example, its Bluetooth phone connection never fails.

That may sound simple, but we are continually amazed by Bluetooth systems in other cars that have the attention span of a fruit fly. A recent £50K Discovery HSE test car would never hold the connection for more than an hour before deciding the phone was an audio device, rather than, you know, a phone.

Similarly, after you have got used to the Focus's DAB radio switching off when the driver's door opens, not when the engine is cut, you wonder why every car cannot do that. Or the handle on the inside of the boot to close it, which is an actual handle, not just an awkward cut-out in the plastic liner of the bootlid. Finally, the Focus Ecoboost has the smoothest stop-start system we have yet encountered - there really is no reason ever to switch it off.

Anyway, enough of the convenience features - what of the driving experience? One of our trips was to drive the new BMW 116d in the Sussex lanes around Goodwood. Despite the rear-drive configuration and the BMW badge, the Focus was actually more fun to hustle along winding roads.

We thought the BMW had nicer steering, and no doubt, the more sporting set up of the larger 1 Series cars would have turned the tables, but we were nevertheless surprised that the super-refined Focus could out-handle the base 1 Series...


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the above article didn't mention the trim of their tester as far as I can see
(& I don't know offhand if the 1.6EB automatically means a Zetec-S - the wheels ARE different)
but here's the related storyLink
Ford Focus Zetec S: First Drive - By Martyn Collins, Nov 28, 2011
 
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