With every last bit of technology thrown at the latest gasoline engines, diesel still owns efficiency while gasoline still earns the performance crown.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 21, 2012
2013 European Ford B-MAX – Available with either the all-new 1.0L EcoBoost or 1.6L TDCi turbo diesel overseas.
The all-new Ford B-MAX is providing lower fuel costs for its owners by comparison to most other subcompact CUVs in Europe thanks to Ford’s latest gasoline and diesel engines. Unfortunately both engines can only be equipped with 5-speed MT and ATs taking away some of the fuel saving capability.
The B-MAX can be equipped with the (2) 1.0L EcoBoost variants including one with stop/start and the 1.6L TDCi turbo diesel providing a choice few other than Europeans get to savor.
Besides the newer more frugal engines, Ford has incorporated a number of other fuel saving ECOnetic Technologies including many we have seen for years within the automotive industry offerings:
- Electric Power Assisted Steering
- Gear Shift Indicator
- Ford Eco Mode driver information system
- Smart Regenerative Charging
Engineers have also reduced consumption by minimizing weight throughout the vehicle design, notably in the body and door structure which features 58 per cent high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels to ensure it is strong and rigid while remaining highly weight-efficient.
And where it really counts is at the pump…
2013 Ford B-MAX Fuel Efficient Engine Lineup Comparison
|Make||Model||Engine||HP||Torque (lb-ft.)||0 to 62 mph (sec.)||Fuel Consumption (mpgUS) NEDC combined|
|Ford||B-MAX||1.0L EcoBoost with Auto-Stop||118||147||11.2||46.2|
Items of note is that the top of the line 118 HP 1.0L EcoBoost with Stop/Start will consume 22.3% more fuel than Ford’s 1.6L Turbo Diesel but has a distinctive 24% performance advantage in the race to 62 mph.
Compared to the 99 HP 1.0L EcoBoost, the 1.6L TDCi turbo diesel has an even more pronounced 27.5% advantage at the pump but still a 5% disadvantage in the race to 62 mph.
While I would take the TDCi equipped B-MAX hands down, the 118 HP EcoBoost variant w/ Start/Stop would make a lot more sense here in the US given the penchant for red light to read light racing most partake in on a daily basis. If the 1.6L TDCi were “hopped” up enough to compete with the 118 HP variant of the 1.0L EcoBoost, Fuel Economy would be much closer to one another showing that EcoBoost has legs. Maybe a .8L 3-cylinder EcoBoost with Start/Stop would actually catch up to the diesel in terms of fuel economy while providing similar performance for a lower cost?
With Ford pushiing headlong into EcoBosot, we may never see one of the fantastic small diesels over here but given the performance edge EcoBoost provides, maybe we do not one of the Ford's super diesels here? The much more powerful BMW 2.0L or Hyundai 1.6L turbo diesels, you bet