by Tony Lewis
If you had suggested 30 years ago that today we would happily be driving around in cars with only three or even two cylinders and capacities of 1.0-litre or less, you would probably have been met with a shake of the head.
Or worse, perhaps a disparaging gesture indicating that possibly there was a screw loose somewhere.
But here we are in 2013, heaping praise on small engines for both the way they drive and their frugality.
As I write this there is an Alfa Romeo Mito TwinAir sitting in the drive. I used it to give a lift to friends who couldn’t believe there was such a tiny 875cc, 85hp engine performing with such gusto.
The friends, incidentally, are recent converts to Ford; she owns a Fiesta and he a Focus after years of driving a Porsche Boxster and Saab 95, such is the power of peer recommendations!
But it’s the Ford 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that really wows. Although built in Cologne, the engine was developed by Ford engineers at its technical centre in Dunton, Essex.