Review of Ford’s Fantastic 1.0-litre Ecoboost Engine
Having now driven a few thousand miles with this engine (in various models of the Fiesta and Focus) I can honestly say it’s one of the most exciting engines I’ve experienced.
OK, it obviously doesn’t match a bigger engine with more cylinders in terms of performance but Ford has tuned this engine so well that it feels as though you’re driving a bigger car with a larger engine – it’s so lively and exciting.
This new turbocharged Ecoboost engine started life in the Fiesta, then the Focus but isn’t finished yet. In the next year it will be placed into the new Mondeo and Galaxy plus other mid-sized models. A 1.0 litre engine in a big Ford Galaxy doesn’t sound like a great combination but my sources at Ford assure me that it will be very finely tuned and compliment the car perfectly.
So it seems as though it’s a very versatile engine. It’s already available in different powers, 99hp or 123hp in the Fiesta for example. Versatile not only because of the range of vehicles it will be powering, but because this engine is all about torque rather than performance. Whatever speed you’re at, the turbo has the capability to deliver a 30-second power burst by using the overboost feature which is great for overtaking.
The best economy I’ve achieved on a run is 61mpg which I was happy with. It’s only just below Ford’s claimed 65mpg. For this reason (and because of high fuel prices) I’d choose the Ecoboost engine over the TDCi alternative.
Looking under the bonnet the first thing you notice is obviously how tightly the 3-cylinder engine is packed in. The engine block can actually fit on an A4 piece of paper!
I can’t fault the way the new Fiesta drives at all. Ford have really come into their own in the last 5 or so years and I would say they now rival BMW in terms of build quality and refinement.
Equipment levels are excellent too. The Fiestas I drove were fitted with Ford’s new ‘SYNC’ media system. You can control everything with voice controls and if your phone is connected via Bluetooth, the car will even automatically dial 999 in the event of a crash.
It also had ‘Active City Stop’ which effectively makes it impossible to have a frontal collision under 20mph by scanning obstacles ahead, creating a 3D image and pre-charging the brakes in anticipation of hitting an obstacle. If the driver doesn’t take evasive action the car will bring itself to a stop. I tried it by driving steadily towards a parked car and again to my garage door, but both times I wasn’t brave enough to avoid using the brakes! Looking at the various YouTube test videos, it would seem the system is 100% flawless though.
This kind of performance and packaging from a small turbocharged petrol engine is outstanding. It really is the future of cars and where they will be heading and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking for an economical compact vehicle.