FORD ECOSPORT

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Introduction

Developed under Ford"s global oto strategy, the Ecosport compact SUV recorded its highest sathachlaixe.vn sales in 2016 with 15,368 registrations – up 35.8% compared with năm ngoái. Designed in Brazil và based on the sixth generation (2008–2017) Ford Fiesta platsize, it was launched in the sathachlaixe.vn in 2013. The reception was… underwhelming. Two years later it received ‘enhancements’ including styling upgrades, improved driving dynamics and new equipment.

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Did you know The Ford Ecosport is currently built in Brazil, India, Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười và Russia. sathachlaixe.vn-bound Ecosports are assembled at Ford India’s plant in Chennai.

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Verdict:★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5.5/10)

Such is the popularity of SUVs and crossovers, just about any car that fits into the mould will sell. The dated Ford Ecosport is one such vehicle. Arguably conceived more with emerging markets in mind, it’s now found itself competing globally with some of the best compact crossovers out there, including the Honda HR-V và Mazda CX-3. And yet, the Ecosport is at best a very average car with ungainly looks, poor refinement and little driving finesse. Apart from a reasonably spacious cabin, it has few redeeming features.


Design & Exterior

★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ (4/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Performance và Handling

★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ (4/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Spec và Trim Levels

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Running Costs và Fuel Economy

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Pricing

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

 


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We Like


Spacious cabin

High driving position

Good engines


We Don"t Like


Dated infotainment system

Small boot

Interior quality

 


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Design & Exterior:★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ (4/10)

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The Ecosport divides opinion. It wouldn’t sell if everytoàn thân disliked its looks, but lớn many it’s an awkward baby crossover. Short and tall with a stubby front end & high waistline, it has a shrunken, uglier Kuga-lượt thích profile. One thing’s for sure – it’s not dễ thương và it hasn’t got a redeeming smiley face.

That said, it does offer decent ground clearance, meaning it can tackle reasonably rough terrain without scraping the underside. There’s also little overhang at the front và rear, which – on paper – should make it an ikhuyến mãi SUV. It has a wading depth of 550milimet.


Thankfully, Ford dispensed with the spare wheel on the tailgate for the car’s mid-life facelift, although it’s still available as an option. Unfortunately, the door still opens sideways (both so 1990s). Quite why it’s called an Ecosport is also puzzling. Yes, its engines are efficient, but ‘sport’? Really?

 


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Interior & Comfort:★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5/10)

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“Comfortable seats, always with a great view” – these are the aspects of the interior that Ford focuses on. To be fair, the seats are comfortable, with built-in lumbar tư vấn và six-way adjustment. Clearly, they also provide an elevated view of the road, while heated driver and front-passenger seats are available if you opt for the £450 Winter Pack

Elsewhere, the interior is pretty similar khổng lồ the Ford Fiesta, on which the Ecosport is based. Sadly, the design looks out of date – especially the centre console, which boasts a forest of buttons and a tiny Ford Sync infotainment system. Generally speaking, there are still too many hard plastics.

Practicality

The Ecosport’s height means there is plenty of headroom inside, for those in the front as well as back-seat passengers. Legroom is pretty decent, too. However, the rear-door openings are fairly narrow & a fifth passenger in the centre of the bachồng seat might feel cramped.


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Technology và Connectivity:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

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As standard, the Ecosport comes with, Công nghệ Bluetooth, a USB port và six speakers. However, the infotainment screen is just four inches across & some distance from the driver’s eyes. Sony Navigation with DAB digital radio is available as a £400 option.

The Ford Sync system also enables you lớn use voice commands khổng lồ play songs from a USB or MP3/iPod, or stream music from a Bluetooth-compatible phone. The system even reads your incoming text messages aloud.


The Ford Ecosport is available in three tryên levels: Zetec, Titanium và Titanium S.

Go for a Titanium and Titanium S và the Ford Keymiễn phí system is available. It senses the presence of your key fob, even if it’s in your pocket or bag, và the doors unlock. It’s then just a case of hitting the starter button và you’re away.

There are various functions incorporated within the steering wheel, while climate control allows you lớn select the temperatures you và your passenger prefer. On the entry-màn chơi Zetec, climate control is part of the Winter Pachồng, which also includes a heated windscreen, mirrors and front seats.

Other driver sida include anti-loông xã braking (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution, lớn ensure braking is more controlled. Emergency brake assist also helps the Ecosport stop more effectively. It does so by sensing how much braking pressure you’ve applied và automatically increasing it if needed.

There’s also a tyre pressure monitoring system, which lights up an inhỏ on the instrument panel if there’s a puncture. An optional rear-view camera is available, too.


 

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Performance & Handling:★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ (4/10)

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The Ecosport is available with Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.

The 95hp diesel is our pichồng, offering a decent set of fuel economy & performance. There’s plenty of grunt, its CO2 emissions are a lowly 115g/km và it can reach 62mph in 14 seconds – but feels swifter. The diesel is harsh under acceleration, but settles down when cruising. No complaints about the five-tốc độ manual gearbox either.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol Ecoboost engine is available with either 125hp or 140hp và, again, is mated khổng lồ a five-tốc độ manual transmission. Both have sầu 0-62mph times around the 12-second mark, and neither seem as impressive as they are elsewhere in the Ford range.


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Safety Features:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

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According to lớn official crash testing by triệu Euro NCAP, the Ecosport scored highly for adult occupant protection. Child occupants fare slightly less well, with a score of 77%, và it’s let down by poor scores for pedestrian protection (58%) and for safety assistance (55%). This resulted in an overall four stars, which is disappointing when a full five stars is usual.

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The Ecosport comes with driver, passenger, curtain & side airbags, as well as a driver"s knee airbag – all fitted as standard. Anti-loông chồng brakes (ABS) và emergency brake assist also help the Ecosport stop more effectively.


In the unlikely sự kiện of an accident, where the airbag is deployed or the fuel-pump deactivated, a direct Hotline to the emergency services will be made for you via Ford Sync.

The Ecosport also comes with four rear Isofix attachment points, so you can install two child seats easily.

 

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Specs and Trlặng Levels:★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

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Colours

The Ecosport is available in seven colours, including the vibrant Kinetic Blue, Bright Yellow & Mars Red, plus the more traditional Diamond White and Panther Blaông chồng. Given the car’s divisive styling, it’s probably best khổng lồ go for it and choose a bright colour. Interestingly, Bright Yellow is the only standard colour: all the rest add between £250 và £620 to lớn the bill.


Apart from choosing different wheels & roof bars, or opting for the rear-mounted spare wheel, there’s little in the way of personalisation available for the Ecosport. However, if you opt for the most expensive Titanium S tryên ổn you get blaông chồng alloy wheels, a painted blaông chồng roof, blachồng mirror surrounds and rear privacy glass

Tryên ổn Levels

Opt for the Zetec trim and your Ecosport will come fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, electric windows, hill-start assist and tyre pressure monitoring. Other features include electric door mirrors, a radio/CD player complete with Ford Sync, Aux đầu vào and USB connection, plus a multi-function leather steering wheel – adjustable for rake & reach.

Titanium adds part-leather seats, keyless entry và a start/stop, climate control air-nhỏ, cruise control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers và an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The top-of-the-range Titanium S trim gets the more powerful 140hp 1.0 Ecoboost engine, 17-inch blachồng alloy wheels, a painted blaông chồng roof và mirror housings, rear privacy glass và a Sony radio with DAB.


Clearly, it’s worth paying extra for the top-spec if you can. The Ecosport looks much cooler with the contrasting blachồng thiết kế elements.

Reliability and servicing

The Ford Ecosport comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, and the package includes a year’s paint defect cover and a 12-year anti-perforation guarantee. The standard warranty can also be extended khổng lồ four years and 80,000 miles, or five years and 100,000 miles for a one-off payment.

Generally speaking, Ford has a good reliability record. And the fact that the Ecosport is rugged and has been developed with durability in mind should play in its favour.

Size and Dimensions


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Running Costs & Fuel Economy :★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

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The Ford Ecosport is available with a 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine (two power options), a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel.

The 1.5-litre TDCi delivers a claimed 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 115g/km CO2.


The 125hp or 140hp both return up khổng lồ 52.3mpg và emit 125g/km of CO2, while the larger 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine delivers 44.8mpg and emits 149g/km of CO2. All engines meet Euro 6 emissions standards.

The diesel is the best all-rounder in terms of performance and fuel economy.

 

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Pricing:★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

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Priced between £15,345 for the entry-level Zetec và £17,995 for the range-topping Titanium S, the Ford Ecosport is competitive sầu within the compact crossover segment. However, there are significant rivals around the same price – some bargain-basement lượt thích the Dacia Duster và SsangYong Tivoli, plus big-sellers including the Nissan Jsathachlaixe.vne, Renault Captur và Vauxhall Mokka.

The Ecosport in Titanium S tryên is also up again basic versions of more modern, well-regarded crossover, such as the Jeep Renegade, Mazdomain authority CX-3 and SEAT Ateca.


Mazdomain authority CX-3

Distinctive, well put-together and entertaining to lớn drive, the CX-3 is a classy package with solid engine choices.

Nissan Jsathachlaixe.vne

Nissan’s funky little crossover divides opinion, both in looks và driveability, but there’s no denying its sales success.

Renault Captur

Practical, comfortable & easy to drive sầu, the Captur is competitively priced and a popular choice.

Dacia Duster

Renault’s budget brvà has come up trumps with the Duster – chunky and spacious, it’s a great-value alternative.

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Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is a hidden gem. Handsome, competitively priced, economical, good to drive và spacious, it’s a definitely worth considering.


What others say


Aulớn Express

“The Ford Fiesta-based Ecosport crossover should be a winner, but it falls down on chất lượng, driving dynamics & practicality.”