Had the new Fiesta’s development budget been the size of the UK’s Brexit divorce bill and the car widely as new as a four-year-old’s school uniform, we’d have regretted the omission of one particular item that might have been inherited from its predecessor: Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine.
One of the very first downsized turbo three-pots of its kind in 2012, this motor has been imitated countless times, but it remains to be equalled for its energetic fizzing charm or its smoothness or willingness to work at both low and high revs.
In this application, your sense of the motor’s balance and slickness, and its impressive mix of potency, operating range and refinement, has been bolstered by Ford’s efforts to reduce noise and vibration at source, and to better isolate the cabin through measures such as an acoustic windscreen.
There’s also the Fiesta’s new six-speed manual gearbox to consider, with its very pleasingly light and short, although slick and positive, action. The upshot is that there’s a new-found sense of quiet discretion about this powertrain, as well as the familiar old accessible slug of torque and vivacity as the tacho needle soars.