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Cheers, mates!

I'm going through a headache-inducing dilemma right now and I'd appreciate your help.

For context, I intend to use the car mostly on the highway (70%). I won't be driving more than ~6,000 miles (10,000 km) per year. There aren't any notable insurance price differences between the two where I live, so that's not an issue whatsoever.

I've owned a 1.5 150 HP EcoBoost MK3.5 (FL) for a while in the past, but sold it for multiple reasons: I didn't like that it was a Sedan, it lacked multiple bells and whistles (Driver-Assist technology).

I've also driven a 1.0 125 HP EcoBoost MK3 a handful of times and I liked its revvy nature, yet it doesn't really compare to the 4-cylinder, especially on the highway when engaging in a quick takeover. It just feels safer to have a power reserve under the hood.

I'm trying to choose between two Ford Focuses that are quite different, although similar in some aspects. As a note, they're both hatchbacks.

1. A 2013 1.6 182 HP EcoBoost MK3 with ~50,000 miles (80,000 km) on the clock. It costs 6,500 GBP (8,000 EUR).
It comes in the ST-Line Trim since it has lowered (and stiffened?) suspensions and sports seats.
It comes with Xenon headlights, Sync 1 with the 4.2-inch display, Active City Stop, High Beam Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, BLIS, Cruise Control, Hill Launch Assist, heated windshield, rear heated window, Start/Stop. It has a full-service history and it was really well-maintained by the previous owner.

2. A 2016 1.0 125 HP EcoBoost MK3.5 (FL) also with ~50,000 miles (80,000 km) on the clock. It costs 7,500 GBP (9,000 EUR).
This comes in the highest trim. It has everything that comes with the first car while adding Sync 2 with the 8-inch display, front heated seats, heated driving wheel, front & rear parking sensors, Active Park Assist, backup camera, Cross-Traffic Alert, Keyless Entry, Keyless Go. It also has a full-service history and it was really well-maintained by the previous owner.

Now, there are pros and cons for each of them.

The first one is obviously more powerful and 1,000 pounds cheaper, yet 3 years older than the other and it lacks a few useful things such as the parking sensors, backup camera, Sync 2 with touchscreen, heated seats and so on. It also has quite a troublesome engine (I'm talking about the coolant leaks known for causing fires), but the owner says it's been factory recalled and fixed.

The second one is newer, it has all the bells and whistles, but it lacks in the engine department. This engine doesn't have the best reputation either, yet they're much more common in the used car market and there aren't many issues with the 2016 and newer iterations. It's also 1,000 pounds more expensive than the other.

What do you folks think is the best choice? Thank you! 馃榿
 

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Thanks for your reply, Logan! What made you suggest the second one? I'm trying to find the right arguments since I feel it's quite a tough call between the two.
 

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For a 拢1000 you are getting a car 3 yrs newer , no brainer . I know a friend who has had two new Focus 1.0 and not had any bad comments from him on it , that's why he replaced it with same model .Personally speaking I dont like any of the Ecoboost engines , especially on buying s/ hand but you have no choice nowadays .All right if buying new and then replacing before the 3 year warranty is up .Saying that , 2 family members just bought new Ford cars in the last year and are perfectly happy so far with them . But I never mentioned my dislike of the Ecoboost engines , never liked them since being introduced , prefer old school
 

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Understood, it makes sense. Thanks again! I'm looking forward to hearing other people's opinions as well.
 

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Cheers, mates!

I'm going through a headache-inducing dilemma right now and I'd appreciate your help.

For context, I intend to use the car mostly on the highway (70%). I won't be driving more than ~6,000 miles (10,000 km) per year. There aren't any notable insurance price differences between the two where I live, so that's not an issue whatsoever.

I've owned a 1.5 150 HP EcoBoost MK3.5 (FL) for a while in the past, but sold it for multiple reasons: I didn't like that it was a Sedan, it lacked multiple bells and whistles (Driver-Assist technology).

I've also driven a 1.0 125 HP EcoBoost MK3 a handful of times and I liked its revvy nature, yet it doesn't really compare to the 4-cylinder, especially on the highway when engaging in a quick takeover. It just feels safer to have a power reserve under the hood.

I'm trying to choose between two Ford Focuses that are quite different, although similar in some aspects. As a note, they're both hatchbacks.

1. A 2013 1.6 182 HP EcoBoost MK3 with ~50,000 miles (80,000 km) on the clock. It costs 6,500 GBP (8,000 EUR).
It comes in the ST-Line Trim since it has lowered (and stiffened?) suspensions and sports seats.
It comes with Xenon headlights, Sync 1 with the 4.2-inch display, Active City Stop, High Beam Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, BLIS, Cruise Control, Hill Launch Assist, heated windshield, rear heated window, Start/Stop. It has a full-service history and it was really well-maintained by the previous owner.

2. A 2016 1.0 125 HP EcoBoost MK3.5 (FL) also with ~50,000 miles (80,000 km) on the clock. It costs 7,500 GBP (9,000 EUR).
This comes in the highest trim. It has everything that comes with the first car while adding Sync 2 with the 8-inch display, front heated seats, heated driving wheel, front & rear parking sensors, Active Park Assist, backup camera, Cross-Traffic Alert, Keyless Entry, Keyless Go. It also has a full-service history and it was really well-maintained by the previous owner.

Now, there are pros and cons for each of them.

The first one is obviously more powerful and 1,000 pounds cheaper, yet 3 years older than the other and it lacks a few useful things such as the parking sensors, backup camera, Sync 2 with touchscreen, heated seats and so on. It also has quite a troublesome engine (I'm talking about the coolant leaks known for causing fires), but the owner says it's been factory recalled and fixed.

The second one is newer, it has all the bells and whistles, but it lacks in the engine department. This engine doesn't have the best reputation either, yet they're much more common in the used car market and there aren't many issues with the 2016 and newer iterations. It's also 1,000 pounds more expensive than the other.

What do you folks think is the best choice? Thank you! 馃榿
The coolant issue would have been rectified.I have a 2015(July build) Fiesta 鈥楽鈥 Ecoboost 1.0.It has no coolant issues whatsoever.The only issue with these is the cam belt,but in saying that I have not heard or seen of one giving way.Oil changes are critical with these.I have my oil & filter changed twice a year.Oil & filters are cheap.A blown engine is not.Ford recommends changing the cam belt & water pump @ 240,000kms OR ten years.
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