Ford EcoSport - A small stylish crossover SUV
The Ford EcoSport is a small crossover SUV based upon the hugely popular Ford Fiesta. The EcoSport is rugged yet sporty, offering added space and practicality, making it a great choice for a young adventurous family. The EcoSport is one of the best driving small SUVs on the market, which is no surprise given Ford's reputation for producing car offering an exciting driving experience.
The Ford EcoSport was first produced back in 2003 and was built at Ford's plant in Brazil. In 2012 Ford released the second generation model and made the decision to launch in the UK/Europe in 2014. Sales at first were a little slow and modifications were needed to the design and interior to cater more towards the European market. Ford put the EcoSport through a couple of minor facelifts, the most recent of which was done in 2018.
Every EcoSport model is equipped with a generous amount of equipment as standard offering excellent value for money. With a selection of efficient petrol and diesel engines, and a choice of three trim levels; Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line, the Ford EcoSport is built for success. The Ford EcoSport faces stiff competition against the likes of the new Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and its own new stablemate the Ford Puma.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The EcoSport features the award-winning EcoBoost petrol engine and trusted EcoBlue TDCi diesel unit, both offering good levels of performance and fuel efficiency. There are three petrol and two diesel options available, but there are no hybrid or all-electric versions on offer.
The three petrol engines share the same 1-litre EcoBoost unit with auto start/stop technology, the only difference being the power output. The entry-level engine comes with 100hp and 170Nm of torque and will hit 0-62mph in 11.9secs, and climb to a top speed of 105mph.
Next comes the mid-range unit where power increases to 125hp, reducing the 0-62mph time to 11secs and an increase in top speed to 111mph. The third and most powerful petrol engine comes with 140hp and 180Nm of torque which can race from 0-62mph in 10.2secs and continue to a top speed of 115mph.
The two diesel engines share the same 1.5-litre EcoBlue TDCi unit with two different power outputs and come with auto start/stop technology, just like the petrol models. The entry-level unit develops 100hp and 215Nm of torque and will get from 0-62mph in a lethargic 13.6secs. The final diesel engine receives an increase in power to 125hp and 300Nm of torque. It will reduce the 0-62mph time to 11.3secs and is also the only EcoSport engine which comes with all-wheel-drive (AWD).
No matter which engine you opt for, there is no automatic transmission available as all Ford EcoSport engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
The Ford EcoSport is a great driving small SUV which offers plenty of grip and handles impressively well. However, as you would expect not as well as the Ford Fiesta it is based on and perhaps more importantly not as good as the recently released and re-invented Ford Puma.
Interior Quality and Technology
The Ford EcoSport didn't have the most pleasing, stylish and desirable interior when it was first released and came across a little cheap and of poor quality. Over the years, Ford has rectified these issues during the various mid-life upgrades and modifications. The most recent facelift, carried out in 2018, saw the inclusion of an interior and dashboard, pretty identical to that found in the new Ford Fiesta. This update has improved the look and feel of the EcoSport, bringing the quality of its interior back towards the top of its class.
All Ford EcoSport models are impressively equipped with technical features and assists, no matter which trim level has been chosen. Each EcoSport comes with the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, with an 8-inch colour touchscreen to access various features such as; Bluetooth connectivity, DAB Radio, smartphone pairing with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Ford MyKey technology.
Upgrade to the Titanium trim, and you get the inclusion of sat-nav (a £300 optional extra on entry-level Zetec models), a 4.2-inch colour driver display cluster and a rearview camera and rear parking sensors along with various other items. The ST-Line sees the addition of various sporty accent pieces, both inside and out, such as a rear spoiler, sports suspension, sports pedals and the option to select the most power 140hp petrol engine.
Space, Practicality and Safety
Space and practicality is perhaps the most substantial drawback when it comes to the Ford EcoSport; it's just not big enough! The EcoSport does not offer the same levels of interior space as found in the majority of its rivals such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.
The driver and front passenger will find plenty of leg and headroom, along with manually adjustable seats, with the driver's seat also benefiting from a manually adjustable lumbar support function. The EcoSport is rather narrow, which means a couple of large adults could easily find their shoulders rubbing together.
In the rear again leg and headroom are better than that found in the Ford Fiesta, however, if those in the front are more than 6ft tall, this will significantly reduce the amount of legroom rear-seat passengers get. The narrow nature of the EcoSport also means that squeezing three adults across the rear is not very comfortable and is best reserved for short journeys only.
There are various useful storage holders including cupholders, door pockets and a cubby under the central armrest. The boot is another weak area for the Ford EcoSport, not only is it small but it also features a hinged door entry rather than the standard lift up boot lid, which can cause difficulties when loading depending on where you have parked. The boot has a capacity of 356 litres with all five seats in place and will rise to 1238 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The Ford EcoSport received a 4 out of 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety test carried out back in 2013. Over the seven years since it was last tested Ford has added various safety assists and features as standard, or as optional extras to the Ford EcoSport line-up which should help it to achieve a 5-star rating when it is next tested.
Some of the latest standard safety features include; Pre-Collision Assist including AEB, Traffic Sign Recognition, Electronic Stability Programme with Hill-start assist and cruise control and multiple airbags.
Overall the Ford EcoSport is a good car and does what it sets out to do, which is to offer a little extra space and practicality above what you get from the Ford Fiesta. The biggest problem for the Ford EcoSport is going to be the recent introduction of the new Ford Puma, as it trumps the EcoSport in just about every main target area.