Making its final appearance in its current guise before it gets replaced with an updated design featuring a host of new technologies, Ford’s stunning 1.0 EcoBoost creation has made IEOTYA history. The diminutive unit not only conquered the sub 1-litre category for the sixth consecutive year, but it also became the first-ever powertain to secure its class title every year it has been nominated.
And despite being in its final year of production, Ford’s smallest engine managed to fight off an extremely tough battle from rival VW and its all-new 1.0 TSI turbo heart, overcoming the impressive German powertrain by the slimmest of margins (13 points), despite the latter being a newer design that’s only recently been launched on the market.
But it was the motor straight out of the Ford Dunton Technical Centre that most impressed the judges in this class, who were once again in rapture to baby EcoBoost for its ability to deliver performance and drivability in a wide range of applications. In fact it powers no less than eight models at present – from the three-door Fiesta to the five-door Mondeo through to the Grand C-Max MPV.
Seamlessly blending fine efficiency – a combined fuel economy of 5 l/100km (56.5mpg) and CO2 emission output of 114g/km – with impressive power outputs of 125ps and 170Nm of peak torque from 1,300 to 4,500rpm, meant Ford’s triple firecracker was always going to secure huge backing from IEOTYA judges around the world.
As US-based freelancer Marc Noordeloos said: “Ford’s ageing three-cylinder turbo is still an impressive, characterful engine,” while German judge Thomas Imhof described the evergreen heart as “still the benchmark in its class”.
Top points also came from John Carey in Australia, who added: “Competitors keep on trying to take its crown, but Ford’s 1.0 remains king of the tiny turbo triples.”