From the article... On a 140km journey in a mix of traffic conditions at the wheel of a 2.0-litre TDi Golf with DSG auto, Drive returned excellent diesel fuel efficiency of 3.8 litres/100km. At a steady 110kmh on a multi-lane highway, the economy figures were an even more thrifty 3.5 litres/100km.
Moreover, the power delivery from the turbo-diesel, though redlined at 4500rpm, offers a wonderfully swift yet effortless delivery. The 320Nm of torque peaks at a low 1750rpm, providing sensational driveability. When the DSG changes gears, it happens briskly -- one of its two clutches operates the odd-numbered gears and the other is for even numbers.
The 2.0-litre TDi with either transmission will accelerate from standstill to 100kmh in 9.3 seconds. This compares to the 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine (with 77kW and 250Nm), which takes a more leisurely 11.1 seconds to reach 100kmh.
I'm seriously thinking about something like this for my next car. Its economical, has some poke, good quality, nice interior, good resale, etc. Its just a pity Ford aren't bringing out the diesel Focus to Oz (from what I've heard anyway).
I think it's a fairly bland middle of the road model the diesel is ok for a diesel if you could deal with the noise etc but really not a ground breaking car & doesn't really out do any of its competitors current models like a new model really should especially at the price they are.
To be honest i preferred the look of the previous gold (especially the R23, obviously).
Even the middle range models in the mark IV looked kinda tough. These new ones just look like shopping trolleys, too tall and narrow (looking). The IV had some class.
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