Basic movement

Basic movement

Hair, 19. February 2013 – in the strongly bonded compact class there is a lively change: the ford focus has been in germany for almost two years in our comparison, but in our comparison, however, the oldest model. The bmw 1er is just a little young, the mercedes a-class still quite fresh. The two young candidates raise a premium claim, the ford is rather from the burial camp. An exit should show if this leads to significant disadvantages in everyday life.

Turbo on the rise

Downsizing engines give in this class the sound. Most put on turbocharger, our three candidates do not make any exception. The most interesting thing is the concept of the ford ecoboost engine, because it is an in-one three-cylinder with 125 hp. Conventional are the four-cylinder engines of bmw and mercedes. In the 116i, a 1.6-liter turbo work works since the last generation change, just like in the new a 180. Most performance has the bmw with its 136 hp, during the ford (125) and the a-class (122 hp) practically the same.

As expected due to the high performance, the 1er with a standard sprint time of 8.5 seconds in front. The compact with the star falls slightly at 9.2 seconds, but especially coarse is the distance to the focus, which is equal to 11.3 seconds. This difference is amazing, because the subjective impression is another: the ford clearly offers the most lane, with a clear distance followed by the bmw and the relatively hot-tempered mercedes as a final light. At the superior torque, the driving joy can not lie in the focus, because here is the ford behind. He offers 170 nm, the a-class has 200 nm, and the bmw leads with 220 nm. The driving gun in the focus is therefore convincing because the car starts solly: at around 1800 / min you experience a surprising thrust. In contrast, the force develops with the competitors more equally necessary, which is more harmonious, but also brings less lane. Also, the sporty, slightly rough three-cylinder sound of the ecoboost engine faded. However, the ford is already at tempo 140 in comparison, during mercedes and bmw, it is acoustically backed up.

Economical, if you want

All three engines are direct injectors with standard start-stop automatic – good conditions for a low consumption. When it comes to the data sheet, the bmw and the mercedes are 5.5 liters at 100 kilometers at the same level. The small displacement of the ford pays off at the tank panels: with 5.0 liters he is so economical as it was only diesel. In practice, the consumes are like a high. In everyday life, everyone lay at around eight liters, all three of course had scope up and down.

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