2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Test Drive: We Put The New EcoBoost Engine To The Test
The 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost is something we’ve all been dying to have a go at, and Ford were recently kind enough to let us in on a test drive event located in Thailand, where the 1.0-litre Fiesta EcoBoost is already in production and up for sale.
We know that it will soon be launched in Malaysia, but before we get to drive it in the country, here’s a preview of things to come from the much-anticipated Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost.
- Estimated Price: RM96,000 – RM99,000
- Engine: 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost
- Transmission: Six-speed PowerShift Automatic with SelectShift
- Power: 125hp @6,300rpm, 170Nm @4,400rpm
- Fuel Consumption: 4.3L/100km (claimed)
Likes: 1.0L EcoBoost engine, nimble handling, fuel efficiency
Dislikes: Familiar styling, adequate space
Is It Fast Enough?
Unlike the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT engine, the smaller 1.0L EcoBoost takes the driving experience to a whole different level. The 1.0L engine feels quicker and more submissive. The engine is quiet, but it does roar a little bit as you properly put the throttle down. Going up hills is a breeze, thanks to the powerful turbo that helps to produce 125hp – an output rating easily comparable to a 1.5- or 1.6-litre engine.
The three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost powerplant is paired with a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift, which means there shouldn’t be a turbo lag, and that less fuel ought to be consumed. Well, overtaking is relatively easy, although there is some delay in getting the engine to respond during a kickdown.
Is It Very Fuel Efficient?
While the 1.5-litre engine found in the already-available Fiesta variant here is listed to return a consumption figure of 5.8l/100km, the EcoBoost variant is poised to beat that with its 4.3l/100km rating. But does it?
In the real world, we tested the 1.5-litre Fiesta and managed a decent 9.0-10.5l/100km, while in the EcoBoost, we observed a very impressive 5.5l-6.0l/100km average. Even still, the figures could go even lower if we tried just a little bit harder to be more efficient on the road, and not get carried away with the impressive power.
Verdict: Is The Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Worth The Extra Ringgits?
Ford has a lot in story for its 1.0-litre EcoBoost mill. Not only will the engine be available in the upcoming Fiesta EcoBoost variant, it’s also poised to be fitted into the Ford Mondeo, the Blue Oval’s family sedan, demonstrating the company’s faith in its three-cylinder turbocharged engine.
Apart from the engine, the rest of the car is almost identical to the current Ford Fiesta 1.5-litre variant – but for some pretty fancy alloy wheels. So does it warrant the extra RM10k or so you’d have to pay for it? In short, we just can’t decide for you.
While the costs of the extra RM10k or so are levelled out by the savings in fuel consumption and increase in performance, you could just as well get a C-segment family sedan for that money: the Kia Cerato EX and its 1.6-litre engine is a very, very worthy opponent for very nearly the same money.
In any case, the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost will be here come early next year. So you have at least until then you make your decision.