although when you ratchet up the performance, the engine does make itself heard ...
Comfort and Refinement
The interior of the EcoSport has a budget feel to it. Every surface is hard to the touch, and the materials used to clad the cabin are rather cheap-looking. It does not make you feel as cossetted as in some similarly priced rivals. The seats are adequately cushioned and give a reasonable level of comfort, but could do with more lateral support. You notice the lack of it when the car leans into the corners on a bendy road.
Refinement is mostly acceptable, although when you ratchet up the performance, the engine does make itself heard. On a long haul up a motorway you are a bit more aware of the motor at work than you might ideally like.
Safety and Security
A 5-star Euro NCAP rating is a benchmark standard for most cars these days, but the EcoSport falls short of that with its 4-star result. It feels a solid enough vehicle for its size, though, and has been equipped with electronic kit to help ensure a reasonable safety provision. It comes with seven airbags as standard and seatbelts with pre-tensioners. Also part of the standard equipment list is electronic stability programme with rollover protection. Tyre pressure monitoring is standard.
The audio system with six speakers delivers good sound and is easy to operate. Titanium trim, standard on the EcoSport, is a high-end Ford specification. Included in the car’s price is keyless entry, electric windows, rail rails, 16-inch alloy wheels, electronic automatic temperature control, a multi-function leather-covered steering wheel and an alarm system. There is an option pack for an extra £1,000 that includes cruise control, bigger wheels, auto wipers and lights, full leather trim and an auto-dipping rear view mirror. A colour infotainment screen, Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking sensors are also offered as options.
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What We Liked
- Chunky styling, 4x4 looks
- Two-wheel-drive economy
- Comes with a full-size spare wheel
- Competitively priced
- Diesel version only costs £30 a year road tax
- Good level of standard kit included
- Blue oval badge means large dealer network, probably one nearby
What We Disliked
- Doesn’t handle as well as we’ve come to expect of modern Fords
- A bit roly-poly on the bends
- Modest performer, not as sprightly as some of its rivals
- Hard plastics and cut-price feel to cabin trim
- Spare wheel on rear door makes it heavy
- Bulky wheel housing at the back gives the car an old-fashioned look
- Only 4-star rating in Euro NCAP safety testing
What We Would Like To See
- Better quality trim and higher calibre finish in the cabin
The EcoSport is an interesting, and somewhat overdue, addition to Ford’s model line-up. If you don’t mind the cabin quality nudging towards the budget end of the quality scale, and handling that leans on the bends, it is worth a look if a small SUV is what you are after.11 February 2014
Ford EcoSport Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 Duratorq TDCi|
|Body Type||5-door SUV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||14.0 Seconds|
|Top Speed||99 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||64.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4-Stars|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 11/02/14)||£16,495|