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Proving Size Doesn’t Matter – The Ford Focus 1.0 litre EcoBoost

 Powered by a tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost   manages   the same amount of power as from a 1.6 litre engine! Ford has taken downsizing to a whole new level and offers this 1.0 litre engine with two outputs; a 74kW/170Nm with a five-speed manual or 91kW/170Nm with a six-speed manual.

It is also the most fuel efficient petrol engine in its class, with the 74kW version promising 4.8litre/100km (58.9 mpg) and emissions of just 109g/km, or 22g fewer than the current 1.6 petrol. The 91kW variant claims a top speed of 193 kmh (120mph) yet with a frugal appetite of just 5 litres per100km (56.5mpg) and emissions also in Band A, at 114g/km. 

This award-winning engine is small enough to fit on an A4 sheet of paper

On the road the Focus has always been a great driver’s car and this eco version is no exception, if anything the lighter engine enhances the drive.  In terms of handling and ride comfort the Focus is still class leading and is a joy to a drive. Take it on a motorway and there is no indication of this engines weeny proportions. It is refined, quiet and punches far above its weight.The EcoBoost range starts from €21,485 for the Focus 5-door entry level model, rising to €22,335 for the Focus Edge, in both cases a saving of €300 on the equivalent diesel model.  The EcoBoost 91kW debuts on the Focus Zetec, from €24,235.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine Europe will be offered next in the Ford C-MAX and Ford B-MAX later this year.

It comes as no surprise that this little engine was voted the International Engine of the Year 2012. It is without hesitation the best engine, big or small, we’ve driven this year. 

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