COLOGNE, Germany -- Ford’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, installed in the Focus, is continuing to win the hearts and minds of Europe’s media. Here are some of the latest comments:
Bild Am Sonntag, Germany – “Ford’s new three-cylinder engine will revolutionise the world of cars in 2012.
“Ford says that the new Focus uses only five litres of fuel per 100km on average… My road test - a trip from Cologne to Berlin - consisted of 1,166 kilometres.
“Powered by the new engine, the Focus seemed rather lively. There is no turbo lag, and maximum torque of 170Nm is achieved at 1,400rpm… I remained at 120kph-130kph during my trip and arrived in Berlin after 5 hours and 32 minutes on the road. My average speed: 105kph. But what was much more interesting was the fuel consumption: only 4.8 litres per 100km on average!
“Ford has made a clear step forward with this new Focus - and its rivals will now surely be paying attention.”
Il Tempo, Italy – “When we tested the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost, we could immediately tell that we had a sophisticated product on our hands. It was surprisingly quick to respond at low rpm, and the famous turbo lag effect was almost non-existent. Even with the long gears engaged we could step on the accelerator and the car would pick up speed without vibrations or hesitation.”
Kölnische Rundschau, Germany – “Upon pressing the start button we experienced déjà vu, as the three-cylinder sound is reminiscent of Audi’s five-cylinder engine from the 1980s. It’s a throaty engine sound, which is never obtrusive. It could be a 3.0-litre V6 under the hood judging by that sound.
“And that’s how the three-cylinder performs on the road as well. The pulling power is impressive. Even in sixth gear the engine is rather responsive.
“One need not be a prophet to foresee that Ford’s three-cylinder engine has a bright future ahead of it.”
Marca Motor, Spain – “We were the first to test this technological gem, which we drove outside of Barcelona. Although we’d been expecting something special, the mini EcoBoost still managed to shock us with its silent functioning. We are accustomed to three-cylinder engines that sound like lawn mowers! With 170Nm of torque (and 200Nm with overboost in the 125PS version) until 4,500rpm, the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost boasts remarkable overtaking performances. Lastly, since it weighs 30kg less than the 1.6-litre gasoline unit, the new engine improves the car’s handling on curves while achieving a more neutral braking response. “
Daily Record, UK – “Acceleration is surprisingly brisk and, even in the estate, can handle motorway work with ease. Driven fairly hard, I saw 49mpg returned on the trip computer over more than 100 miles.
“Plenty of power is on tap from as low as 1,400 revs and, from behind the wheel, it is genuinely fun to drive. In many ways, it is more akin to the feel of a diesel, and essentially that is what the EcoBoost engines are all about - plenty of usable performance coupled with enhanced economy… such is the technology, it looks like this could be a game-changing move.”
Auto Bild, Spain – “Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost may seem like an inadequate engine, but I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with the most powerful version. What’s more, it will amaze you.
“In the Focus, it has an excellent response at low rpm and displays all of its liveliness between 1,400 and 4,500rpm. Based on past experiences with three-cylinder engines, I found its noise levels surprisingly low, even when the needle approached the red zone.
“It’s a gasoline engine, but it offers the best qualities of diesel, including low fuel consumption and excellent torque.”