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Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost test (II): Motor, consumption and behavior

As the EcoBoost engine was announced, we were surprised many: 125 hp per liter, only three cylinders and an approved real scandal consumption (so low). Focus in 2015, the 1.0 EcoBoost engine is not new, and it was mounted before, but you have lengthened the developments of change to spend less. It really is that?.

Excuses for downsizing They are well known: the engine weight, less mechanical friction is reduced, less taxes are paid, benefits are maintained with turbos and very low consumption is homologated. So far the theory.

He had already played this engine in lower models, the Fiesta and EcoSport, where the three-cylinder engine is a little note, both vibration and sound. However, the Focus is another story. The engine is so well insulated that a layman would probably not notice the difference with a four-cylinder if it is not careful. And just it sounds.

It does not have the refinement of the engine it replaces, but it certainly gives the pego

I must admit that I was not always aware of the time the Stop&Start cut the engine, and if not 3,000 RPM up as far as noise is very quietly. In the aspect of comfort, approves. Punctually, coming in first, and if we do not touch, you can give some annoying jerks in the front, but nothing unusual.

Ford engineers have tweaked the chassis to improve their behavior slightly curved and more comfortable

Before the restyling Focus already had an outstanding performance, a balance between comfort and sportiness very accomplished. With a few tweaks you have done, it is even better, and in fact, continues to amaze. In the mountain that floor "attack" I ended up throwing less power to go faster, the car was digested perfectly.

The rear axle is a very reactive, but very docile

I have absolutely nothing to reproach in this chapter, if anything in the cabin are noticed some wheels, but neither annoying nor displease those who love driving. The tires -Goodyear tested unit EfficientGrip Performance 215/50 R17 can hardly be satisfactory in any way.

Just keep in mind one thing before testing the Focus seriously, and disconnect the lane keeping assistant, or we can drive you crazy. Can leave my car like this and not change anything else in the next generation, wins and convinces, and they could go all compact as well.

Computer results at the end of the test, are good, but not record

Is it true that consumes only 4.7 l / 100 km?

No. When collecting this car park Ford press, it had less than 3,000 km, then you are on the set. I have traveled with him over 600 kilometers without reaching the reserve, according to the computer, you could do with the deposit almost 775 kilometers. It may seem a lot, yes, but a large deposit, 55 liters.

The computer had an average consumption of 5.8 l / 100 km, the first day was slightly above 7 l / 100 km. Considering the computer error, which is usually 0.4-0.5 l / 100 km upward, are approximately 6.2-6.3 l / 100 km

It is fine for gasoline, but neither is a brutal consumption record

The best part I took were 4.2 l / 100 km, most of the time by motorway, between 100 and 130 km / h, without giving a single burst of speed and in a moment of inspiration behind the wheel with favorable traffic conditions. In fact, in some lines could go over 120 km / h with instant below 4 l / 100 km. That seems impossible with the 1.6 atmospheric.

The 1.0 EcoBoost is the smallest segment at this power level gasoline, but not the least consume

In all honesty, this engine spends slightly less than the 1.6 Ti-VCT, because floor has a very low consumption. In other words, if we drive with little load accelerator, at a very steady pace, consumption is very low. It retains very little downward displacement, so you can speed up much inertia to 0. By means consumption or hard efforts, and starts swallowing but rather, negating the advantage of small displacement because it is too tight.

The trick is to drive very smoothly, and yet it is impossible to 4,7 l / 100 km to entire deposit

Oh dear, we do not always have everything in our favor as we drive. Therefore it is very sensitive to use, as it happens to most small turbocharged engines. I find most interesting the 1.6 Ti-VCT, it sold converted to LPG. We tested what result gives the C-MAX and convinced us.

I find it very easy to justify buying the diesel equivalent, the 1.6 TDCi 115 hp, because I know for a fact that it is easy to means close to 5 l / 100 km, and are only 1,000 euros. However, for a gasoline consumption they are very reasonable, but the driver must do their part.

Boca Refueling "intelligent" (Easyfuel). When it filled and sounds the first "clack" no longer have to insist. It has an adapter if you have to fill a carafe

Some think that simply follow the directions gear shift emerging in the dashboard. Well, no. I found not one, but several times, that some ramps up with the lower consumption using a lower gear and lifting the foot. From 1400 RPM, This engine delivers 170 Nm, if we tread a bit, retrieves, but is more comfortable over 2,000 RPM.

80 to 120 km / h in 4th takes 10 seconds, very good record

Fat advantage EcoBoost about 1.6 Ti-VCT is does not ask much downshifting, thanks to the turbocharger is very willful. An expert in efficient driving can make you lose 6 l / 100 km to entire deposit, but of course, not to exceed 3,000 RPM for anything without giving any acelerón.

I have another reason not to recommend the tricilíndrico, is that, as demonstrated by the German TÜV, this engine, as some competitors, It emits many particles, and no filter, so its ecological character is highly questionable. If we do not consider any of this, yes, it is a pleasant drive motor and so I admit openly.

GoodYear EfficientGrip 215/50 R17 tires Performance. They are film and help to keep consumption under control

Overall, the Focus is a delight at the wheel, and I think a valid alternative to a Premium Compact higher price. It is well above several competitors with worse general feel of driving, interior worse or very bad old age as the years pass.

Diesel against the EcoBoost can boast of being less noticeable and be more pleasant to drive in general, how well insulated it is. Very suitable for allergic to diesel engines, but nothing to do numbers, the TDCi is more interesting long before reaching 100,000 km.

Definitely, It has a good engine, but having alternative four-cylinder spend less without going too far, the 1.4 TSI of VAG- group and having the model LPG and TDCi, it is not recommended for anyone clearly motor. Anyway, who choose it, you will not be disappointed.

In short, an interesting alternative to TDCi, but not for all

In the next and final part, we will explain how the new range is and what extras are more interesting ...