Ford Ecosport Review

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The Ford EcoSport, which debuted in 2013, has all of the characteristics that our SUV-obsessed market was looking for. However, the game has progressed. Even while sales of the little Ford SUV are still strong, the automaker has decided to give it a facelift, and there’s definitely more to it than meets the eye. In a nutshell, it receives a slight makeover, new features, and more power.

Exterior Appearance

If you were expecting the facelifted Ford EcoSport to stand apart from the previous model, you might want to reconsider. The new appealing golden bronze paint colour and the inclusion of those DRLs, however, grab your notice right away. These are the only visible differences between it and the previous version. Only upon closer inspection will you notice that the boot opening switch has been placed beneath the handle to improve use.

Ford could have incorporated a few unique cosmetic modifications to the car, such as a reworked grille, a new bumper shape, or even a new set of alloy wheels. Nonetheless, the EcoSport appears to be fashionable. Plus, everything that gave the original EcoSport a tough, compact SUV-like look is carried over to this new upgraded version.

Interior appearance

When you get inside the EcoSport, you’ll notice that the interior alterations are limited as well. The dashboard has the same angular appearance as the music system, with the same congested button placement. However, chrome touches have been splattered around the cabin to brighten it up. These chrome embellishments can be found on the door handles and instrument cluster. Furthermore, the handbrake lever, which was previously located uncomfortably near to the driver, has been relocated to a more central location for simpler access.

The control stalks have also been repositioned to accommodate our right-handed driving style. The wiper stalk is on the left, while the light and indicator stalks are on the right. However, in terms of plastic quality, things could have been better put together. In fact, only the use of hard but robust plastics detracts from the passenger experience, making the EcoSport appear less expensive than it is. Nonetheless, especially on longer travels, you’ll love the snug front seats that warmly embrace you. Additionally, the spacious legroom and headroom ensure that both front passengers are comfortable.

The back of the cabin is a different storey, and while there is enough kneeroom, the inside width only allows for two passengers to be comfortable. However, there is enough of headroom, and passengers will appreciate the under-thigh support. However, in order to maintain the interiors as large as possible given the car’s short length of 3,999mm, the boot had to be reduced to just 362 litres at most.

On the feature front, Ford’s redesigned EcoSport now comes with a voice-activated Sync system that incorporates AppLink in addition to emergency help. The AppLink feature allows you to display information from specific apps on your smartphone on the car’s infotainment system. Automatic headlights with DRLs, rain-sensing wipers, and an auto dimming rear view mirror are among the new features featured on the top-spec model.

Driven by Results

The EcoSport’s ECU has been modified, and the fixed-geometry turbocharger has undergone some tweaks, according to Ford. The final outcome is a 10% increase in power. The diesel engine now has a maximum power output of 98bhp. Although the torque measurement of 205Nm remains identical, it is now produced at a lower 1,750rpm. When you get behind the wheel, you’ll note that the engine is considerably smoother, more linear, and easier to drive than the previous model. Unlike the previous model, which had a noticeable turbo lag until around 2,000rpm, the new car accelerates virtually immediately. This feature makes the new EcoSport even more city friendly, since it eliminates the need for repeated gear switches.

Because of the robust midrange, highway manners have improved and overtaking has become easier. Our VBOX testing revealed that the new car completed the 20-80kmph third gear run one second faster than the previous car, while the 40-100kmph fourth gear run took two seconds less. For users, this means that you can stay in fifth gear and still have enough power for adequate driving duties from 80kmph to 140kmph plus without having to downshift. The new car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 13.7 seconds, just 0.1 seconds faster than the old model.

The new EcoSport’s suspension arrangement is unchanged; it rides well at low speeds, with the exception of some undulations that can cause it to rock sideways due to its high centre of gravity. When speeds increase, though, the ride improves, and this compact SUV glides over rough sections of road with no suspension noises. For an SUV, the steering is direct enough to keep you on track without swerving all over the road. You’ll also love the EcoSport’s wide track, which provides reasonable stability, especially in bends. Due to its agile handling and light clutch, the EcoSport proves to be exceptionally user-friendly inside city boundaries. Nonetheless, the thick A-pillars have a negative impact on visibility.

Conclusion

The redesigned Ford EcoSport builds on the foundations of its predecessor to provide a cost-effective solution. The EcoSport diesel has been smoother as a result of changes to the engine characteristics, making it a more driveable SUV than before. The fuel economy estimates are fairly good, with 13.8 kpl in the city and 18.8 kpl on the highway. On the other hand, interior room is limited, and there are several elements in the cabin that give the sense of poor quality. The Ambiente costs Rs 7.98 lakh, the Trend costs Rs 8.70 lakh, the Trend+ costs Rs 9.18 lakh, the Titanium costs Rs 9.86 lakh, and the Titanium+ costs Rs 10.44 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). The EcoSport proves to be an excellent value in the market, especially considering Ford’s top-end diesel variant is priced at just Rs 10.44 lakh.

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