Putting a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine in a Ford Focus doesn’t sound like the perfect recipe for motoring thrills. But this is Ford’s newest – and smallest – EcoBoost engine and it could well be one of the best in the current line-up. The tiny engine, which has a footprint about as big as an A4 sheet of paper, is available with either 99bhp or 123bhp.
Our car had the latter, but both engines feature direct injection and a minuscule turbocharger, and weigh only 97kg – that’s around 30kg lighter than the 1.6-litre petrol engine. Look at the performance figures and you can see why Ford sees this engine as a replacement for the 1.6-litre. It takes the Focus from 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds, which is four tenths quicker than the bigger engine, and can manage 54.5mpg.
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