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10 things we learned about the Ford EcoSport

Date: 04 November 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Crossover
Key rival: Renault Captur
Model tested: 1.0 Titanium S
Price as tested: £19,180

Can the revised EcoSport lay to rest the woeful impressions of the original? Al Suttie sits in judgement


1 - Most obvious change to the updated EcoSport is the loss of the boot-mounted spare wheel. Phew.

2 - A shame the boot still hinges from the side, and the wrong side at that for UK drivers.

3 - This is a pain when parked in a line of traffic or parked properly in a bay (always reversed in).


4 - The ride has been lowered by 10mm and firmed up to answer the previous version's lolling in corners.

5 - So, handling is good, but ride comfort and traction suffer, as witnessed by too much wheel scrabble out of junctions.

6 - Overall, the EcoSport is decent fun to drive, though, helped by steering that now feels in touch with the front wheels.

7 - The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is the best bit: keen to work hard, smooth and a 52.3mpg average is decent for this class.


8 - Cabin quality has also been upped, though this was from a drearily low base to start with.

9 - The dash looks and feels more substantial, but there are some trim bits that let the side down.

10 - Can we now recommend the EcoSport? Hmm, there are better rivals out there, but at least the Ford no longer trails as far behind.