Published: 12 Aug 2013

Ford has long had a good reputation for manufacturing good performance, reliable cars across its entire fleet. While all the work that Ford puts into the design and technology side of its vehicles goes a long way in attributing to the worldwide success of the company, it is what goes on underneath the bonnet that really matters.

Over the years, Ford has produced a number of market-leading engines that have been used in its own cars as well as those of other manufacturers. The current award-winning Ecoboost engine is probably the finest example as to what the engineers at Ford are capable of; but before that engine arrived on the scene, there were two others leading the way: TDCi and Duratec.

Both the TDCi and the Duratec engines are produced by Ford (the former in partnership with the PSA Group) and come in various sizes. These engines have been used, and continue to be used, by manufacturers including Mazda, Citroen, Peugeot, Suzuki, Volvo, and Aston Martin; however, it is Ford’s own use of the engines, particularly in the Ford Focus and the Mondeo, that has allowed them to thrive.

Of the TDCi and Duratec range of engines, the 1.8-litre and 1.6-litre models respectively are the standout instruments. 

1.8 TDCi

The 1.8 TDCi has been used in Ford Focus and  Ford Mondeo models (hatchback and estate) since the nineties and across all trim levels in the range, from Style and Ghia (Focus) to Zetec and Titanium (Focus and Mondeo).

Both the Focus and Mondeo cars that carry this engine have been highly rated across the board for performance and reliability. In terms of strength, the engine does perform better in the smaller and lighter Focus, with the 2.0-litre TDCi seen as a more punchy option in the Mondeo.

The TDCi is a highly efficient engine, offering great economy in both the Focus and Mondeo. Obviously, miles per gallon depend on the car and the trim level, but both the diesels will offer around 50 mpg.

1.6 Duratec

The Duratec engine has been around since the early 1990s, coming in four-, five-, and six cylinder petrol versions. The 1.6 Duratec is also used in both the Ford Focus and Mondeo and is highly regarded by automotive journalists and buyers.

The 1.6 engine offers excellent fuel economy of around 42 miles per gallon and scores a green rating of around 45 (0 being the greenest and 100 the most polluting). From a performance standpoint, the 1.6 Duratec in either a Focus or a Mondeo offers enough bite to satisfy most drivers, although it is not quite as hard-hitting as the diesel engine. 

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