ford focus ecoboost lease

2015 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Lease
$
199
/Mo.

$2750 Due at Signing

(Excludes tax, title, license and registration fees.) Miles: 21,000

MSRP $17,970


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Ford Focus 1.0 Liter EcoBoost Test Report
Ford’s new 1.0 Liter EcoBoost engine deserves some credit. This lease deal gets you into one of the most popular compact cars, the Ford Focus, but one that gets amazing fuel economy. Downsizing is an ugly word. Downsizing sounds kinda puny, after cold shower, half-full plate or roll call in basic training. Fun is not provided in this word. Here, small turbocharged engines have long been established, because they bring benefits to motorists at the gas station and the manufacturers contributing to a lower fleet consumption. And a lack of driving pleasure can usually also be no question: The power dwarfs are generally faster ride than comparatively short-lived naturally aspirated engines. The latest development in this area – and perhaps one of the most interesting recent times – the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine from Ford, which is available from March 2012 in the Ford Focus. We were able to ride him in the hilly region of Barcelona for the first time.

Puny the three-cylinder is at best in terms of its outer, very compact dimensions. At the latest on the power and torque, the image rotates: The unit with the base area of ??a DIN A4 sheet is offered with 100 and 125 hp, maximum torque is 170 Nm (with the stronger version briefly 200 Nm) at a speed range of 1500-4500 rpm. The value of these numbers is compared with the equally powerful 1.6-liter gasoline engine clear that only comes to 150 Nm, and this only 4000-4500 tours. We went three questions through his head as we got into the Focus: Will the small turbo engine will not starve at low speeds? Do we need to prepare ourselves for three-cylinder Gerappel? And what about the promised austerity? Ford shows for the EcoBoost Focus with 125 hp combined fuel consumption of 5.0 liters of premium, almost a liter less than the 1.6-liter suction needed, which is not bad with six liters.

Already in the first meters shows the Focus why the developers comparison with a diesel engine endeavor: the car pulls sovereign from below through in everyday life can shift up early and is incidentally rewarded with an amazing smoothness. From a turbo lag can be no question, from 1500 revolutions of the three-cylinder is reasonably mobile, from about 2000 rpm it is in full bloom. But it may also different: Although the small turbocharger is optimized for high torque at low speeds, can the EcoBoost up to the rated speed of 6000 revolutions hyping it feels not once choked on. He selects a unique voice, which looks quite sporty, a sonorous growl under load underlaid with slightly pulsating vibrations that we clearly prefer compared to the roar of some four-cylinder engines.
Its surprisingly good driveability owes the three-cylinder engine, among other things a procedure called “Scavenging”, which translates as “flushing”. The opening times of the intake and exhaust valves are adjusted so that the intake stroke still rustling through some fresh air into the exhaust tract at low speeds. As a result, the turbocharger is kept up to speed to even at low speeds sufficient torque is available. In addition, the combustion chamber is cooled, what an efficient combustion process benefits. To improve the mechanical smoothness Ford has also implemented two new ideas: To calm the vibrations do not serve the usual counter-rotating balance shafts, but precisely defined unbalance in the flywheel, which practically have the same effect. But you do not need any additional shafts and bearings, friction would bring. In addition, the timing belt running in an oil bath, which dampens the sounds and to bring them the life of a timing chain.

If you want to blame the small turbo engine something, it is the aforementioned gentle but pleasant three-cylinder growl and a minimum inertia of the moving masses. She falls for example, when upshifting at Sunday drive when when clutch still strikes a little more torque than you are used to. Because we have become accustomed to but fast. The switching itself is casual anymore: The clutch operates smoothly, the gears are very easy to insert in a warm engine, the forearm makes this is at the center armrest cozy, which is standard equipment in the Titanium version of the Focus. Speaking of circuit: A double-clutch gearbox or an automatic it will not give you once for the small turbo unit.

All the favorites, which collects the EcoBoost three-cylinder with its soft-pithy character, but of little use if the savings promise is not kept. In this regard, we have been able to grope us on our test drive just about everyday reality. The way there our test route took slightly uphill into the mountains northwest of Barcelona and was packed with winding roads, as it is typical there. The outside temperatures were, however, atypical five degrees Celsius. At the end of 6.8 liters were on the on-board computer, which is favorable in view of the section profile. On the second trip on the way back, we wanted to know how the engine behaves under pressure. We shot the transition from one ignored the subtle pleasing upshift indicator and let it emphasizes kicking address.

In particular, the second value was quite impress us, because downsized engines occasionally turn out to be surprisingly hard drinking, if you are not “in accordance with standards” on the go. The EcoBoost engine is likely owe this quality provided a construction method, which has so far not widespread: The exhaust manifold of three-cylinder engine is cast together with the cylinder head, thus liquid cooled. As a result, Ford almost completely waive the cooling effect of enrichment of the fuel mixture, which would otherwise be at the expense of consumption during sporty driving.

As the daily consumption looks, of course we can only estimate: Six liter on the highway should not be a problem for our impressions, saving joyful pilots are less get. This makes the EcoBoost three-cylinder for normal drivers to an interesting alternative to the diesel engines, especially since it is cheaper to purchase, taxes and insurance. And even in the city itself, the combination well. There delight the sovereign and quiet power delivery, the standard start-stop system and a favorable temperature balance: For the very compact cast iron block engine favors in conjunction with some other measures, a brief warm-up. This lowers especially in cold weather fuel consumption and wear.

Ford expects the Focus with a share of about 35 percent for the three-cylinder. Looking at the prices that could get there: The 100-hp EcoBoost engine is available in the basic version “feel” from 18,050 euros, as a “trend” it costs 19,700 and as “Titanium” 22,050 euros. The 1.0 EcoBoost with 125 hp will start as a “trend” at 20,700 euros. Compared to the nominally equally strong 1.6 Ti-VCT, it costs only 200 euros more. VW is offering the Golf as a five-door 1.4 TSI Comfortline with 122 hp for a much more expensive 22,565 euros, while Opel for the 120 hp Astra 1.4 Turbo want to at least 19,970 euros. The low fuel consumption of the three-cylinder Focus they can not offer but both.

For the old sucker speaks in our view, really only that it is offered with the PowerShift dual-clutch transmissions – exactly the marketing executives have thought probably. And if we would recommend the three-cylinder Focus now? Want to have basically all those who are looking for a broadband everyday car with reasonable subsequent costs while now and fun to drive. This cozy three-cylinder growl comes free. What Ford has reached with the new engine, deserves recognition.