COLOGNE, Germany -- Ford’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine installed in the Focus has been earning considerable media praise around Europe. Here are some of the latest reviews:
La Stampa, Italy: The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost is brilliant in all situations, including initial acceleration. The typical buzzing sound of three-cylinder engines is rarely heard and never becomes bothersome. Vibrations are almost non-existent. The Focus is fun to drive – it’s enough to ‘work’ the transmission a bit and take advantage of the generous torque available after 1,500 rpm. Truly pleasant, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is an excellent alternative to diesel in terms of price and performance.
Il Messaggero, Italy: It’s incredible, yet true: a midsize model can be powered by a 1.0-litre engine. Until recently it would have been unthinkable. Now, the dream has become a reality. And it works perfectly…
It is the most impressive member of the EcoBoost family, and it uses the same refined technology as its older siblings. Ford’s 1.0-litre engine proves to be the ideal ‘heart’ for the important and ambitious Focus. Compared to the previous four-cylinder units, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost improves the weight distribution and centre of gravity in the vehicle, whose front train becomes more reactive and precise. It is a class leader where horsepower and torque are concerned… It is also stands out for its noise levels and smoothness.
The Independent Online, UK: The only true test for something as unusual as the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is to take it out on the road – and here the new Focus is outstanding. It pulls smoothly and cleanly, and broadly lives up to Ford’s claims that it combines the torque of a diesel with the free-revving character of a good petrol engine. Noise is extremely well suppressed, and on occasions when the characteristic three-cylinder engine note does make itself felt, it has a softer quality than it does with most other threes.
The new engine is certainly up to the job, and in the current Focus, an excellent all-rounder, it has found a good home. The only remaining question is whether mainstream car buyers, who are used to using engine size as a guide to performance, can be persuaded. A short test drive should be enough to convince even the most hardened cynic.
Auto Bild, Germany: Ford’s mini engine is so responsive and lively that one quickly forgets how small it actually is. The three-cylinder’s refinement impresses despite the lack of a balance shaft. Instead, Ford has made the flywheel slightly out of balance, which also reduces vibrations.
Autodeclics.com, France: It is a surprising combination that results in lower fuel consumption and real driving enjoyment. If you get inside the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost without knowing anything about the engine, you’ll never guess it’s a three-cylinder unit. It doesn’t make the typical noise, and its sound quality even remains pleasant as the rpms increase. Another surprise: this little engine is very flexible, delivering 170Nm of torque at low rpm. It readily picks up speed in fifth gear at 1,500 rpm.
We had the chance to test the most powerful versions (125PS with a six-speed manual transmission) on a driving route that consisted of the city, the highway and the mountains. Frankly, the results were nothing short of astonishing.