The new Ford Mondeo Zetec 1.0 Ecoboost 0

mondeoFord’s Ecoboost engine has been a refreshing and almost revolutionary addition to the worldwide automotive industry. It has now been around for a few years, making its way abroad from America to Europe and other parts of the world. Firmly establishing itself as one of the most technological engines around, it now represents just how far it has come in the eyes of us UK drivers, by performing absolute wonders under the bonnet of the new Ford Mondeo Zetec.

In essence, Ecoboost brings about optimum economy whilst not compromising on performance. That’s exactly the profile of engine that the Mondeo needs to shine. The audience for this particular type of car crave economy, but require their car to have a decent type of performance, but does the Mondeo deliver?

A 1.0 litre engine inside a Mondeo? That was a completely unrealistic concept a few years ago, but now times have changed quite dramatically. The  Ecoboost engine weighs 1,445kg, has just 998cc and has similar length dimensions to an A4 piece of paper. Don’t let those statistics fool you, the engine is already a success, achieving popularity within the Focus and the Fiesta. Best of all, it has won Engine of the Year award for three years in a row.

Ford have strategically utilized the vehicle’s manual gear ratios, allowing the first three gears to be close together, with the higher three gears spread further apart, delivering a greater economical benefits. Those all important economy figures stand at 55.4 MPG and 119g/km of CO2 emissions. Although that sounds pretty impressive, the 1.5 litre TDCi diesel ECOnetic exceeds those figures, reaching 78.4 MPG and 94g/km of CO2 emissions. These figures represent just how powerful the Ecoboost engine is working in consideration to the difference of litres between the two engines.

Expert reviews throughout the automotive industry have indicated that power remains a lot to be desired at times, with extra revs needed in certain situations. Unnecessary revs won’t be needed as you reach the higher gears. But that isn’t always the case as more weight is added to the car in forms of luggage and passengers. The lightweight engine means that handling suffers slightly, with there being less weight at the front of the car. The car does have a sharper brakes with a more dynamic ride compared to the rest of the Mondeos in the range however.

You’ll be able to pick up one in the summer for £20,000 in the Zetec trim. It will reach 0 – 62 MPH in 12 seconds with a top speed of 124 MPH.