MADRID, Spain – Ford has swept the board in Spanish magazine Coche’s top picks of cars on sale in 2013, with C-MAX, Fiesta and Focus all being acclaimed best in segment.
Summing up each model, Coche reports:
C-MAX 2.0 TDCI 140PS TITANIUM
If you want to reconcile your craving for driving pleasure with the needs of your family, the C-MAX is an excellent choice. With its dynamism, steering and transmission, this Ford is closer to a sedan than a minivan. We prefer the most powerful diesel engine for two reasons: it has superior performance on the highway, an important quality for a family car, and it can be paired with the six-speed automatic PowerShift transmission. The C-MAX has a lower driving position than other minivans, and its finish quality is truly excellent. This diesel engine is only available with range-topping Titanium trim. The C-MAX is one of the most technologically advanced models in its class, but most of its state-of-the-art features are optional.
FIESTA 1.0 ECOBOOST 100PS TREND
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is one of the most efficient engines in the market today. Available on five of Ford’s models, this gasoline unit works wonders on the Fiesta. While modest in terms of cylinders (it has only three), the 1.0 EcoBoost relies on high-level technology such as direct injection and turbocharging. It performs brilliantly at high rpm, but it’s also very effective at low rpm. What’s more, it does not have the vibrations that afflict other three-cylinder engines. The Fiesta has superb dynamic performance, but its interior space is mediocre for the segment. As for equipment, the highlights include Active City Stop, Ford SYNC and MyKey.
FOCUS 1.0 ECOBOOST 125PS TREND
Due to engines like Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost, gasoline is gaining the upper hand over diesel. It isn’t easy for a three-cylinder engine to power a vehicle of the Focus’ size, but the EcoBoost delivers an impressive 125PS thanks to direct injection and efficient turbocharging. It has replaced the four-cylinder, 1.6-liter aspirated engine in the series, and the change is for the better. It packs a strong punch at low revs, supplying its maximum torque (200Nm) at only 1,400rpm, but it also performs well at high rpm. The most surprising thing is the fuel consumption of only 5.0l / 100km, an incredible result for a car weighing 1,300kg. The Focus has a meticulous interior. Although it isn’t the roomiest car in its category, it has enough space for four adults. On the road, it is pleasant and dynamic. The Focus offers a host of (mostly optional) high-tech features that are unavailable on most of its rivals.