10 things we learned about the Ford EcoSport
04 November 2016
Author: Alisdair Suttie
|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.