New Ford Mondeo Zetec 1.0 Ecoboost review
Can Ford's three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine really shine in the 1,445kg Mondeo?
Is it the love and care that Ford lavishes on the dynamics of the rest of the Mondeo range that makes the one-litre car feel like less of a revolution that it should? For all that, this is a likeable car with a tiny engine that punches well above its weight. Provided you donâ€™t over load your car or live in a mountainous area, the one-litre Mondeo can hold its own, but at this end of the market itâ€™s still the diesel thatâ€™s makes more sense.
Does size really matter? We might have gone beyond the days where the carâ€™s engine size was part of its badge, but a 1.0-litre engine in a 4.8-metre, 1,445kg Ford Mondeo? Surely thatâ€™s stretching the point. So can this tiny engine move the mighty Mondeo out of its own shadow?
The 998cc Ecoboost three cylinder is no longer than a sheet of A4 paper - itâ€™s won the Engine of the Year title three years in succession and it already lives under the bonnet of the Focus and Fiesta. Itâ€™s turbocharged and in this application delivers 125bhp and 170Nm of torque. This new 1.0-litre Mondeo goes on sale this summer, priced at under ÂŁ20,000 in popular Zetec trim.
To get the best out of the small engine the first three gears in the six-speed manual are closely stacked together, with the top three radios spread apart to give more economical cruising and lower CO2 figures. While fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 55.4mpg and 119g/km are highly respectable, itâ€™s an indication of how hard the engine is working that it is wholly surpassed by 78.4mpg and 94g/km of its 1.5-litre TDCi diesel ECOnetic equivalent, though that car costs almost ÂŁ2,000 more.
Start her up and the engine thrums through the chassis, although the sound isnâ€™t at all unpleasant. The first three gears do feel quite low and so you need to rev the Ecoboost engine, which it doesnâ€™t mind, but which doesnâ€™t much help the fuel consumption.
Thereâ€™s a flat linear shove from the turbocharged unit and it never feels over-turbocharged or peaky. It couldnâ€™t be described as fast though, and thereâ€™s not a huge amount of pulling power in reserve so you need to watch for over-ambitious overtaking manoeuvres.
Once in the top three gears the revs fall and the engine will maintain motorway speeds at sensible revs and fuel consumption. Add four hefty adults and luggage, however and youâ€™ll struggle in top gear up steeper hills.
The handling shows the lack of weight in the nose, but only a bit; Mondeo is a big car so the small engine has proportionally less effect on the dynamics. The nose turns in faster than the rest of the Mondeo range but not by much. Thereâ€™s also a lively ride quality, particularly compared to the rather stolid feel of the diesel Mondeos and you most notice this over crests - where the 1.0-litre model doesnâ€™t heave like its bigger engined sisters. The brakes feel sharper as well and thereâ€™s less dive when they are applied hard.
Engine: 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo
Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Top speed: 124mph
On sale: Summer 2015
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Ford's stunning Fusion finally arrives in Europe as the new Ford Mondeo, l think this give Ford of Europe massive boost in sales as it replaces a rather frumpy ole Mondeo that struggles to make it into the top 80 best sellers list in Europe, hopefully the new Fusion replacement although arriving a bit dated will lift the Mondeo back into the top 20 in Europe with that stunning Aston Martin front end.
Not sure if the 1.0L version will do that for Ford despite its very low running costs and little award winning 1.0L Ecoboost engine might take some flack from the motoring press for being a little bit underpowered but there are other decent engine options.