Having just taken top honours at the International Engine of the Year awards for their fuel efficient 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine for a second year running Ford has announced that they are increasing production of the small but powerful engine in their Cologne factory. The engine is currently in use in the B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX but on British roads the Fiesta is proving to be the most popular EcoBoost car.
That’s no surprise considering that the Ford Fiesta has been the firm’s top selling car for many years and is always towards the top of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders monthly sales charts. At the moment it’s by far the most popular new car on Britain’s roads with 8083 Fiestas sold in April and 9316 more during May.
The pick of the Fiestas is the Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.0 EcoBoost Start/Stop. It comes with a 100bhp turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Although there’s a faster variant with a 125bhp engine, the 100bhp version offers just about everything a motorist needs. To begin with the new front end is subtle but striking and the car’s shape suggests performance. Ford could so easily have made the Fiesta into a box-shaped car. That would have maximised its interior shape, but we’re glad that they decided to keep a shape that’s in keeping with previous generations.
With the Fiesta you get big-car feel with the practicality of a smaller car. The gearbox is refined, the handling is firm thanks to the suspension and the steering is responsive. Although the ride quality could be improved around town, the Fiesta would lose its handling in the corners. If you’re looking for a quick, practical, good-looking and cheap to run car, look no further. Ford have hit the mark once again.