The stylish and rugged Ford EcoSport is the first SUV in the world to be offered in a 1.0-liter engined version and is among the first Ford vehicles in Europe available with Ford SYNC with AppLink, enabling drivers to voice-control smartphone apps.
The EcoSport represents a definitive compact SUV by Ford
At the front, the EcoSport has a short bonnet, raked front pillars and a distinctive five-piece chrome front grille with angular headlights and LED light strips. The side and rear profiles do not differ much from the previous generation. Additionally, the full-sized spare wheel mounted on the tailgate ensures the EcoSport’s load capacity rivals that of many medium-sized family cars with up to 375 liters available when the rear seats are in place, depending on the rake of the seats.
Inside. the driver gets a seat with height adjustable and an adjustable steering for both reach and rake. There are 20 smart stowage solutions, including room in the door pockets to store a large drinks bottle, a slide-out drawer under the front passenger seat, and a cooled glove box that can store up to six drink cans.
The EcoSport is powered by the acclaimed turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that is said to rival a traditional 1.6-liter engine. The compact SUV is also available with a 1.5l petrol engine. Paired to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, the EcoSport enables an output of 125PS (1.0l Ecoboost) or 112/90 PS (1.5l). Fuel consumption and emissions ratings 4.4l per 100 km (1.0l) or 3.8l per 100km (1.5l), and between 120 – 149g/km of CO2.
Rated 4-star Euro NCAP, will the Ford EcoSport proves its worth for a 5-star rating?
The new Ford EcoSport has been afforded a four-star safety rating from independent vehicle safety organization Euro NCAP, and is equipped with driver, passenger, curtain and side airbags, as well as a driver’s knee airbag. Although not quite a 5-star rated car, the EcoSport sports these important safety features: Hill Start Assist, Cruise Control, automatic wipers and headlights, and rear-parking sensors. On the Active and Passive safety lists, the SUV takes on Super-high-strength boron steel door frames; and further safety systems such as Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist. Last but not least, the EcoSport is also equipped with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Passenger Airbag Deactivation Indicator.