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2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost – Review

It’s finally available in Canada.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to test-drive Ford’s entry-level subcompact car, the 2014 Ford Fiesta hatchback [read the review], which I found to be fun in nature and funky in styling.

At the time, Ford’s much-anticipated 1.0-litre EcoBoost was not yet available, though by now the small engine has already been added to the 2014 Ford Fiesta lineup.

The 1.0L EcoBoost

Optional only on the SE trim, the new 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection, EcoBoost 3-cylinder is more powerful than the base 1.6-litre engine, delivering a total 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission – the only one offered with Ford’s small displacement engine. The tiny but powerful engine is also more fuel efficient, and combines elements like direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and turbocharging (among others), which help the Fiesta to achieve good fuel economy ratings. It has been voted International Engine of the Year for 2014.

On paper the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE equipped with the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost has an estimated fuel economy rating of 6.2/4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway), whereas the 2014 Fiesta SE with the 1.6-litre engine coupled to a manual transmission has a rating of 7.3/5.4 L/100km. The difference is indeed notable.

After having tested the Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost for one week, our observed and combined city/highway fuel consumption rating is 6.9 L/100km, over 300 km. Even though it is higher than the manufacturer’s estimated ratings, it is still quite good.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost engine

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost engine

Package and features

The new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is lively, and with the 5-speed manual as a companion, makes for a fun-to-drive small car that is easy to handle and manoeuvre. The engine is available with the SE Manual EcoBoost Package valued at $1,500, and includes a rear decklid spoiler (offered only on the 4-door sedan model), 15-inch steel wheels, and an EcoBoost and Super Fuel Economy badge.

Other features offered on the SE trim include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, cruise control and SYNC. Heated rear seats, SYNC with MyFord Touch, a navigation system, and satellite radio are optional.

Conclusion

Ford’s subcompact car, whether as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, is an intriguing option for many consumers, due in part to its affordable base price, cool styling, available features and technologies, and its ability to easily fit into tight parking spaces. The EcoBoost-powered variant certainly improves fuel economy, and in essence makes the Fiesta an even better subcompact alternative.

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