2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review


2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review Just $995 separates the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost sedan from its regular four-cylinder-powered Fiesta SE counterpart. That amount covers the SE EcoBoost Fuel Economy package, which contains Ford’s teensy 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a rear spoiler, and strangely cool 15-inch steel wheels with aero-minded hubcaps.

2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

We’ve examined the $500-dearer 1.0L hatchback, but this really is our very first exam of your four-door. As with the hatch, the $17,240 1.0L EcoBoost sedan comes married to midlevel SE trim and also a five-speed guide transmission-an automatic is not offered.

2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

Nowadays, nearly $18K buys you the most entry-level version of your one-size-up (and 10Best-awarded) Mazda 3 sedan-as properly like a base Concentrate sedan-so Ford’s “get” right here is definitely an EPA-estimated (and not too long ago downgraded) 31 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. That is the same rating because the one.0L five-door’s, and it betters the figures of the guide Fiesta sedan by three and 7 mpg. 

2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Interior

No other nonhybrid “real cars” conserve for your unloved Mitsubishi Mirage beat it. With our generally hefty suitable foot, we recorded a strong thirty mpg in mixed city/highway driving. That fell two mpg off the mark set through the five-door 1.0L but beat our most-recent recorded figure for your 1.6-liter Fiesta by one mpg.

2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

Happily, the three-cylinder generates three more horsepower and a whopping 36 extra lb-ft of torque than the standard Fiesta’s naturally aspirated one.6-liter four, for totals of 123 and 148. Just like the 4, the three-cylinder generates its maximum electrical power substantial while in the rev array, so drivers will need to truly get the job done the five-speed to generate haste. Our check motor vehicle created it to 60 mph in eight.seven seconds, beating the Fiesta one.six sedan by 0.6 2nd.

Out on the imply streets, the engine’s power benefit fades at standard engine speeds-for instance, below 3000 rpm. The engine tends to make practically no usable torque at this time inside the energy band, so you will desire to retain it in the decrease gear. What’s far more, wringing out the small engine is enormous pleasurable, thanks to its solid high-rpm thrust and offbeat three-cylinder thrum.

2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan features

As with other Fiestas, the chassis boasts excellent damping and bump suppression, however the electric power steering isn’t specifically swift or talkative. (For maximum Fiesta spice, we recommend checking out the hot-hatch ST model.) The EcoBoost’s skinny 185-series Hankook Optimo tires quit grip properly prior to the suspension runs out of steam but nonetheless enabled a respectable 0.84 g within the skidpad and contributed to a Honda Fit-beating 173-foot quit from 70 mph. The trade-off is usually a quiet ride, and indeed, at 70 mph we recorded a hushed 69 decibels inside the Fiesta’s cabin. That is 1 decibel quieter than a 2013 Lexus LS600hL we evaluated final year.

2016 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

Our test car’s interior was relatively spartan, and sad to say the vigorous checking of option-sheet boxes will not alter that much. The lone substantial selection is the $290 Comfort package (heated front seats and door mirrors, plus automated climate manage), which our test car incorporated. Buyers have to make do together with the SE’s standard-equipment checklist (which consists of cloth seats, Sync voice management for your audio and Bluetooth setups, and cruise handle) but be willing to skip the SE’s optional MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment method with navigation.

Is the EcoBoost one.0L $995 superior compared to the Fiesta’s one.6? We feel so, but Ford is aiming at a fairly small target right here, primarily by omitting an optional automated transmission and pricing the vehicle close to larger competitors. But buyers keen around the Fiesta’s small footprint and substantial EPA fuel-economy numbers-real-world efficiency be damned-won’t be disappointed, and neither will fans of oddball powertrains.

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