Ford EcoBoost | What is it and How Does it Work?

21st Dec 2022

By Edward Cook

What is Ford EcoBoost?

Ford EcoBoost is a series of often-smaller powertrains that deliver impressive power outputs as well as remarkable fuel efficiency.

Its best-known form is the 1.0-litre EcoBoost powertrain that features in popular Ford models such as the Puma and Focus, winning multiple 'Engine of the Year' awards throughout its production.

So, if you're looking for reduced emissions and reliable performance, then an EcoBoost engine is definitely worth considering, and we've explored them in more detail.

How does Ford EcoBoost work?

Ford EcoBoost Engine in Room

The EcoBoost range of engines work in a similar manner to other powertrains, however, Ford's engineers have implemented innovative means of precise fuel injection to allow the powertrain to make the most of every drop of fuel.

All EcoBoost engines come equipped with a turbocharger, providing increased performance figures that only larger engines have been able to produce, traditionally. The turbocharger also allows for a better torque spread, offering more low-down grunt for day-to-day driving.

As mentioned previously, the most popular EcoBoost engine is the 1.0-litre unit, however, the EcoBoost range extends to include larger 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre units that are often found within Ford's SUV range, as well as performance-orientated 1.5-litre and 2.3-litre engines that are at the heart of the Ford Performance range. Even an EcoBoost engine that's paired with mild hybrid technology is on offer, for maximum efficiency.

Ford is so confident in the EcoBoost engine, that it has equipped many of its rally cars with one, for use in some of the harshest conditions.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Ford EcoBoost?

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Much like other forms of engine, there are a range of pros and cons that are worth considering before you commit to a car with an EcoBoost powertrain. Some key factors include:


  • Efficient power - Despite being smaller in size, the turbochargers on EcoBoost engines provide a welcomed boost in performance to the engine, allowing you to match, or even outperform, engines of a larger nature.

  • Fuel economy - Making the most out of every drop of fuel, EcoBoost engines offer impressive fuel economy figures that allow you to save money at the pumps.

  • Lower running costs - EcoBoost engines are often small in size, which can look good in the eyes of insurance companies. Ford offer great value when it comes to servicing and maintenance, too.


  • Delayed Performance - Despite the extensive range of benefits provided by a turbocharger, EcoBoost engines can have a short, momentary delay before power is fully engaged when compared to naturally-aspirated competitors.

  • Common Problems - Early examples of the Ford EcoBoost engines had a few teething problems, but vehicle recalls, and proper maintenance has put much of these problems to rest.

Which vehicles come with Ford EcoBoost?

As mentioned previously, Ford EcoBoost engines are available on a wide range of both new and used Ford models. The most popular include:

Cars with EcoBoost

Vans with EcoBoost

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Ford's range of vehicles are popular thanks to their value for money, and the EcoBoost powertrain range adds yet another appealing component to Ford's extensive arsenal. Impressive performance and unrivalled economy form the foundations of each EcoBoost engine, making them the perfect partner for a wide variety of lifestyles.

If you're interested in learning more about a vehicle equipped with the EcoBoost powertrain, or would like to experience one yourself with a test drive, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw Ford retailer.