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Ford Eco boosted by PowerShift

20.06.2014

THE award-winning 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine had been something that’s eluded me of late.

On the other hand, I finally had the opportunity to test out this impressive little motor in the Fiesta, which was also equipped with the brand’s PowerShift automatic transmission.

The engine has been detuned to 74kW/170Nm (which is still impressive when one considers its small displacement) in order to optimise its use with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Claimed fuel consumption is 4.9 litres/100km and buyers are exempt from emissions tax with a figure of 114g/km. While I wasn’t able to replicate the claimed fuel consumption I did note there was very little lag and a surprising amount of overtaking ability.

Driving the car around is truly a pleasure; the small turbocharged engine and the efficient gearbox make a very enticing urban commuting proposition. It’s not the kind of lightning fast dual clutch unit seen on the likes of VWs, BMWs and Mercedes-Benz’ but rather a more relaxed gearbox.

It hasn’t been designed with fast shifts in mind but rather with fuel-saving seamless shifts. A regular torque converter automatic does take a bit of power to run whereas the dual-clutch unit is simply two manual gearboxes next to one another, each one controlling three gears with an electromechanical actuator in place to change the gears. The dual clutch unit therefore, provides a more instantaneous feeling which is needed in a turbocharged car.

This Ford comes with a four-year/120 000km manufacturer warranty and a four-year/60 000km service plan.

Article written by Sean Nurse
20.06.2014
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