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Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Sport in the driving report: Convincing bundle of strength?

Achim Hartmann
Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Sport in the driving report
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S e since the late 1970s the idea was sparked To transplant a powerful engine into a small car, over and over again - even in times like these when even a sausage sandwich has to be somehow sustainable. Ford is currently taking the popular three-cylinder engine from the Ecoboost family, eliciting an impressive 140 hp and putting it in the Fiesta Sport Black Edition. Compared to the 125 PS variant, the torque increases by a moderate ten to 180 Newton meters and can be accessed at an unchanged 1,400 rpm - and at 4.5 instead of 4.3 l /100 km, supposedly with almost identical consumption. By the way: The test consumption was 8.2 l /100 km - an enormous deviation, which is not uncommon with extreme downsizing engines when they are required.

Ford Fiesta Sport in 9.7 seconds 100 km /h

The 998 cm³ engine of the Ford Fiesta Sport gets going without annoying vibrations, turns up with the typical three-cylinder snorting bass - sometimes over 5,500 rpm, but then with decreasing vigor. Doesn't matter, because it is much more annoying that the turbocharger takes a noticeably long time to build up full pressure. Even the five-speed manual gearbox, which is easy and precise to operate, cannot hide the torque hole, as the spread is a bit too large. The Fiesta needs a moderate 9.7 seconds for the standard sprint from 0 to 100 km /h and thus misses the factory specification by seven tenths. So far, so straight ahead.

And how does the Ford Fiesta Sport sweep corners? First of all, it offers its driver good working conditions, as the seats and steering wheel have a wide adjustment range. In addition, basic information such as speed and engine speed can be easily read off. The rest, however, is hidden behind countless small buttons, as is typical of the brand, and presents the information on a tiny monitor - so concentrate better on driving.

Minus points in the chassis tuning

The Ford Fiesta Sport, equipped with 17-inch wheels, follows steering commands like a tickle, turns jagged, understeers relatively late. However, the pronounced lateral inclination is noticeable here, which causes too much unrest in the structure in quickly successive curves. In addition, the relieved front wheel often looks in vain for traction when accelerating out - cheeky highway robbers driveIn any case, it is different.

Does the suspension set-up compensate for at least good suspension comfort? Apart from the fact that hardly anyone asks the question about a sporty small car: no. As expected, the Ford Fiesta Sport parries unevenness in the floor with a sporty, firm grip, passing on the suggestions through transverse joints and potholes rather unfiltered into the comfortable, lateral support seats. So the Fiesta Sport lacks consistency, also in terms of pricing: The recognized agile and, with 182 hp, significantly more powerful ST costs only 925 euros more. And with him, the old performance idea ignites much better.

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