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Can anyone tell me weather the 1.8 diesel is that much better than the 1.6 as looking into buying a new CMax 1.6 is obviously cheaper but stats say the performance, economy and power differences are very little.
 

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The 1.8 is a modified version of the diesel out of the old Focus and can trace it's family tree a lot further back than that.

The 1.6 comes from the joint venture with PSA Peugeot-Citroen and is found everywhere (including the Mini - so good enough for BMW).

The suggestion on various forums that I've seen over time is that the 1.6 is the better unit all round - quieter, more frugal and not really slower in real world. The early 1.6 definitely had their problems but it seems that they are now a very mature and reliable unit. Apparently the new Focus (next year) will have a version with about 130bhp.
 

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I don't know if the 1.8 has the variable turbo geometry like the 1.6 which as far as out 1.6 is concerned doesn't give any sign of turbo lag
 
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