Ford EcoSport has definitely grown and improved
Competition is good, it tests you, exposes your weaknesses and strengths but ultimately allows you grow. The EcoSport is a typical example.
It was not the best car in the compact crossover sector when it was first launched here in 2014. Sales were less than flattering especially for a car from Ford and buyers failed to fall in love with it.
The new model hopes to change all this and Ford has seen the competition and made adjustments. Those adjustments include more rugged looks that whilst not seismic do achieve the rugged goal. There’s a more refined and plusher interior, personalisation options and Ford have loaded in a lot of safety features. One adjustment they have not made is the way the rear door opens left to right and not up and over. In an age of sameness this unique identifier is welcome as well as practical and whilst divisive, it has its merits.
140PS and 125PS ecoboost petrol engines (get the 140PS one) and a diesel engine are available with all-wheel drive also available alongside the standard FWD offering. The handling has been adjusted for European drivers which is probably a direct result of production being moved to Europe as well. The handling is at best OK. It hasn’t the crispiness and surety we get in the likes of the Focus or Fiesta. Being a tall vehicle it is affected by body roll which isn’t fully kept in check by the new tweaks. You get used to it and adjust, but it could be better.
Performance isn’t blistering (12.7s to 100km/hr) and can feel wanting at times but most buyers are not looking for that in this car. They want the up-high feel and be driving a crossover. It isn’t a noisy cabin and passengers won’t suffer much aural discomfort. The safety features geared towards collision prevention are laudable and Ford deserves high praise for this. They also deserve high praise for the interior which is very latest Ford and most welcome. You get a touchscreen, the latest connectivity as well as excellent sound via the quality B&O speakers. All this costs money and my ST Line with extras costs €31,070.
The EcoSport has definitely grown and improved and is a lot more Ford like on the inside. Buyers will have to resist a lot of temptation from the opposition who have, unfortunately for Ford, moved further on.
Under the Hood
Model Tested - EcoSport ST Line
Engine - Petrol 9699c , 125PS, 170Nm
0-100km/hr - 12.7s
Top Speed - 180 km/hr
Urban Fuel Consumption - 6.2ltrs / 100kms
Price - €28,180