Ford Focus engines - guy-taliesin

Any views - good or bad - on Ford Focus four cylinder duratec engines - 1.8 and 2.0 ?

The 1.8 produces 125bhp and the 2.0 just 20 more. Is it worth the extra initial cost of the 2 litre, and extra insurance etc, and will I notice any difference in performance. Any real problems with them ?

I usually believe that a bigger engine works less hard and that you can end up with better mpg - but I could be wrong.

I think the 2.0 comes with electric steering, which some tests have said has not much feel - anyone any experience of that?
Ford Focus engines - L'escargot
The 2.0 is a much more relaxed drive, and well worth having. See for full information.

Ford Focus engines - cheddar
I have not driven a 1.8 Duratec Focus MkII though in the Mondeo the 1.8, although crisp and free revving, has to work hard in comparison to the 2.0 which is flexible and punchy at higher revs. The Focus is lighter so the difference will be perhaps less marked.
Ford Focus engines - Ruperts Trooper
There was a lot of engine noise (intake roar) on the Mk1 2.0, even when driven gently.
Ford Focus engines - cheddar
The Mk 1 1.8 and 2.0 are the Zetec unit dating back to the early 90's, first used in the Escort and Orion in 1.8 form and later in the Mondeo Mk I in 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 forms, not as refined as the 1.6 and 1.4 Focus Mk I's which are a Yamaha design, that being said my dad has a 2002 2.0 and it is fine. The 2005 on Mk II Focus uses the Duretec chain cam engines as per the Mondeo Mk III.

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