Barely a decade ago, having a 1.0-litre engine under the bonnet resigned you to the inside lane of every motorway and discouraged overtaking, thanks to the lack of power and consequent slow acceleration.
However, with the advent of small turbocharged models, 1.0-litre engines aren’t just found in city cars anymore – thanks to their healthy dose of power and impressive claimed fuel economy. Consequently, the popularity of small-engined cars has rocketed; one in five Fords sold in Europe over the first six months of 2014 has one of these compact engines underneath the bonnet.
A third of all Fiesta and Focus drivers choose one of the 1.0-litre motors, while a substantial 47 per cent of B-Max people carrier buyers went for one of these models. Launched in 2012 the company’s 1.0-litre engine is available in Fords including the Fiesta, the Focus, the seven-seater Grand C-Max and Grand Tourneo Connect, the compact EcoSport SUV and even the upcoming Mondeo.
The range of models offering the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential.
Despite its small size, this engine can pump out up to 138bhp – similar to the figure typically produced by traditional 2.0-litre engines. Even in its most powerful form in the Fiesta, the 1.0-litre motor returns claimed fuel economy of 62.8mpg, while emitting just 104g of CO2 per km – though the car can scamper from a standstill to 62mph in a nippy 9.0 seconds.
Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe said: “The range of models offering the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will rise to 11 when the all-new Mondeo is launched in the coming months, and the new 140 PS version in the Fiesta Red Edition and Black Edition shows there is even more potential.”
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