How did you actually buy the new focus?
(and the first right article here-it goes slowly to the undone)
The previous Ford Focus Mk1 (14 years old) and affectionately called “Turbo Focus”, has done more than its service. He has reached with his 90 PS which come from the 1.8 TDDi almost the speed of light (approx. 280,000 km). If you were not dependent on it and had time to carry out minor repairs, it would probably take many more km. I also suspect that there would be several minor repairs for the next TÜV (probably shock absorbers, stab rod, battery power,…). Since I currently lack the time, the tooth of time still gnawing on the car and threatening various driving bans, had to make a new and more reliable car. So the decision is like finding a successor. Since ca. So I’m looking for a year and I’ve been busier with cars, which is not necessarily my hobby. Whether anyone drives any PS-cars, V10 or lowered runabout, I’m quite frankly peripheral. Everyone should drive the car, what he likes and I am not a PS or displacement fanatic. A car should drive and take me from A to B. If there is some comfort, this is of course nice. But what I am rather careful of are additional features/gadgets/accessories which make everyday life easier and more convenient and above all, it should be of course frugal.
Thus the search for a successor was started. The Ford Focus has always been visually pleasing to me, even though the Mk2 has not quite met my taste. The MK3, on the other hand, I liked again really well. I was all the more anxious about the idea of the MK4-and what should I say-I was not disappointed. But of course I also had to keep an eye on other vehicles-among others On a VW Golf, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf and some other models. Accordingly, I have completed various test drives and also various drive types were considered, whether with gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid or fully electric.
A short summary-not completely, as I have been busy for months and I do not want to go into every detail.
Completely electric was dropped, because the real range with a battery charge was too low for models which were considered for me price. A battery charge has to take me 300 km in real operation (even under extreme conditions). Say the marketing data of the cars were taken, then tested with real results against (trade journals as well as social media) and the selection was getting smaller. In addition, a certain buffer has to be taken into account, since batteries in extreme conditions naturally do not develop their full power and I still have to complete my route in the winter. So I came to the conclusion that there is no model which would be a question for me. And yes, I need the 250-300 km range with one charge. And no, I don’t want to spend 10,000 or 20,000 euros more for more range. The fact that such cars are priced only for the well-heeled, is yet another indication that this drive form is still far from the mass market.
Plug-in hybrid would have been an option. Visually, the Hyundai Ioniq does not look upside down. He was OK, but has two glaring flaws (in my eyes-others may see this differently). The interior uses a lot of hard plastic which I didn’t like very much. The arrangement of the keys was not intuitive enough for me also the number of those was something much. In addition, and this was also true for the fully electric car, that there is officially no trailer coupling. This phenomenon generally seems to be the case with (part) electric vehicles. Of course there are possibilities to install them afterwards, but this is linked to me with a string of smack. There will be a reason why a manufacturer does not officially offer it. As a result, these two drive forms have become uninteresting for me. This may change again in 10 years, but currently it is not for me. In addition there is a delivery time of several months (at the Ioniq I think 6 months and at the Nissan Leaf over 12 months)-fantastic. Persons affected by driving bans thus receive a transitional period of approx. 6 months, but can not buy a new car as the delivery times are so long. Here, as you often have thought, how to do such a thing professionally incl. Transitional periods and possible options. Whoever finds the irony may keep it.
As a result, the gasoline engine remained, as did the diesel. Despite the diesel scandal, driving bans and other negative headlines, I opted for a diesel. Why? There are some logical reasons to some emotional and irrational – as so often in life:) However, it was important to me that he met the latest Euro 6d-temp standard. What I had known for a long time, but still researched, was from when a diesel is worthwhile. (My level of knowledge was from ca. 25,000 km-however, with the newer more economical gasoline engines, this value (depending on the model) has slipped somewhat downwards). The ADAC has various tests and reports on this. Depending on the manufacturer and model, a diesel is already worth a 10,000 km (model dependent of course). Some only from 15,000 km and some only from 20,000 km. However, a diesel is always worth from 30,000 km and in this category I am about, namely between 20,000 and 30,000 km.
In addition, a great car label 2011 was introduced which allows a car buyer to read the car’s efficiency directly, similar to electrical devices such as a refrigerator. Classes from a (+) to G should show the buyer directly how efficient his car is. And why should I decide now for a car that is classified in category B (gasoline) instead of one for a (diesel). This is of course connected with a certain wink. More information can be found here. This is of course purely about CO2 emissions in connection with the weight. Nevertheless, one should use the means that the State makes available, right? Of course, the torque and the suit of the engine also comes to bear, one does not want to readjust-after all, man is a habit animal. And not only that, but also gasoline (with direct injection-so (almost) all new cars) are struggling more and more with particulates/particulates.. Various articles can be found at the ADAC as well as other trade journals. Thus it is not impossible that gasoline engines are at some point the same as the current diesel. And I’m sure that when the hustle and bustle around the fine dust has been solved, the focus is more on the CO2 value-and at the latest then the gasoline is on.
Finally, I came to the conclusion that it will be again a Ford Focus diesel. Not only because he likes me visually very well, no also in various trade journals he was praised-not least because of the good NCAP values in which the focus 5 of 5 stars received during the crash test. In addition, numerous security features and assistance systems are added, which I simply loved.