Why Ford Fiesta’s 1.0L EcoBoost is not Your Average 1-Liter Engine

We were recently loaned by Ford its 2014 Fiesta Sport+ 1.0L EcoBoost. The award-winning sub-compact is a 5-door hatchback that runs on a 3-cylinder engine (yup, just three cylinders). Don’t be fooled by the numbers, though, as it pumps out 125PS of power and 170Nm of torque. Read on and find out why this International Engine of the Year victor isn’t your ordinary 1-liter engine.


On paper, the Fiesta’s 1.0-liter engine is around the same displacement as the Kia Picanto or the Suzuki Celerio (both at the Php500K mark). What gives the Fiesta an edge over these two is its EcoBoost technology which is capable of giving its owners great mileage and amazing performance on the road.

Ford's 1.0L EcoBoost engine has been the International Engine of the Year since 2012.

Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost engine has been the International Engine of the Year since 2012.

With a weekend to spend time with the 1.0L Fiesta, we were able to go down south to Santa Rosa, Laguna (Nuvali area) and around Manila. We also endured going up until SM North EDSA on a nasty, 2 1/2-hour, bumper-to-bumper traffic along EDSA. We covered a total of 343.6kms in a span of 5 days, with 73kms worth of fuel left before it drains its tank.


We ran a total of over 300kms with a little bit of gas left from a full tank in 5 days’ time.

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Netting 11.3kms/L our fuel consumption wasn’t jaw-droppingly impressive, but it wasn’t bad either considering that we didn’t go easy on the gas pedal. We also wanted to know how fast it could run so let’s just say it was mostly pedal to the metal whenever the road before us clears up. At that rate, we would say the EcoBoost technology did its job making the engine as fuel-efficient as it can go.

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Slight but repeated steps on the pedal fed the engine and made it roar little by little as if slightly opening a cage with a wild animal inside. Flooring it releases said animal and the Fiesta bolts the road without hesitation. With utmost assurance, it didn’t feel like we were running on three cylinders with only 999cc of engine displacement. For the sake of comparison, the 1.0L EcoBoost positions itself in an equal (if not better) footing against the 1.6L engine used by its older sibling in terms of acceleration and speed.

Ford’s EcoBoost technology is a nifty advantage over other brands. It combines fuel efficiency that lets you go further while providing accessible power at any time inside the Fiesta’s diminutive frame. With these offerings, it’s no surprise it nabbed the International Engine of the Year award while proving that this isn’t your average 1-liter engine.

Below are more photos of both the exterior and the interior of the vehicle.

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2014 Fiesta Sport+ 1.0L EcoBoost specs and features:
999cc DOHC 12V 3-cylinder engine
125PS @ 6,000rpm
170Nm @ 1,400 – 4,500rpm
Turbo intercooler
6-speed AT DCT
16×6-inch alloy rims
Power steering/lock/windows/mirrors
Fog lamps
Leather seats
Automatic climate control
Design: 5-door hatchback
Seating: 2+3
Dimensions: 3,969 x 1,722 x 1,469mm
Wheelbase: 2,489mm
Curb weight: 1,131kg
Price: Php898,000

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

5 Responses

  1. Benchmark33 says:

    Not sure if someonw will still read this but in my FoFi, I am getting 5km per liter. I don’t know how will I make it 10km per liter…perhaps slower dowb my speed into half which I don’t think is possible.

    I just hope someone could help me out. Or do I have to use highrr octane gas instead of unleaded?

  2. jm says:

    or go for hyundai accent crdi 1.6l diesel, highway drive 30km/liter. ahahaha lower pricetag

  3. jm says:

    1.0l ecoboost, same as celerio’s displacement but the difference of prices are too far from each other.
    i have suzuki swift 1.2l 2014 model, 648000 i have an average of 16-17km per liter. 114NM torque ndi naman siya underpower, kht akyatan na 6 ang sakay no problema naman. pero kung gusto nila ng malakas humatak + matipid sa galosina + same pricetag, i think mas maganda mg honda city 1.5l ka nlng or honda jazz, same pricetag

    • Wpkfol says:

      Bro, yung peak torque ng fofi ecoboost ma reach na kaagad @ 1400rpm, while suzuki swift is @ 4000rpm.

      Kaya kapag tinapakan yung gas pedal rampdam kaagad ang maximum pulling power.

  4. Gadgeteer says:

    aminado the best engine in the world to date, pero naman you pay for it as it is very very expensive ! 900k para sa sub compact while the others in the same category are like 500k ! you can almost buy 2 cars na!

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