The New Ford Ecosport Review – Best Compact SUV
Why do so many people buy SUVs?
Sport Utility Vehicles promise a life spent outdoors full of adventure, doing all kinds of fun with lots of room for your family or friends to embrace a world filled with endless possibilities with you. It will safely take you from point A to point B and can handle harsh road conditions with ease.
Ford’s EcoSport has consistently featured in South Africa’s monthly ranking of the top 10 selling passenger cars since its launch in 2013, and with good reason!
Ford has found the perfect recipe to combine sturdy SUV functionality with unrivalled city car practicality, designed to make every day a little simpler.
The new Ford Ecosport is designed for all the courageous, young-at-heart people, who love writing their own stories. The ones who don’t wait for something to happen and don’t just sit around looking at how others are living their lives. They go out there and create a life of adventure, seeing every day as a blank page with an opportunity to fill it with what they enjoy doing. They’re writing their own journey and looking forward to sharing it with the people around them.
The Ecosport line-up includes:
1) Taking pride in leading fuel economy with the line-up now starting with a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT 3-cylinder 91kW petrol engine with a claimed combined fuel average of 6.4 litres per 100 km and only comes in a 5-speed manual transmission (available in Ambiente).
2) The award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost 3-cylinder 92 kW turbocharged petrol engine with an average of 5.4 litres per 100 km in the 6-speed manual version and 6.3 litres per 100 km in the 6-speed automatic transmission (available in Trend and Titanium).
3) And lastly, the 1.5 litre 4-cylinder 74kW turbodiesel engine with an incredible average of 4.6 litres per 100 km in a 5-speed manual transmission (only available in Ambiente).
It is plain to see big performance is in and regular visits to the fuel stations are out! So, you can now really “Go Further” thanks to Ford’s innovation and excellent engineering.
With a bold new exterior design, the Ecosport always looks all set and ready for a good time. At just over 4 metres, the EcoSport is the same length as a Ford Fiesta which makes it easy to drive and to park. Elevated ride height allows you to peer over traffic jams and see more of what’s going on around you. Also, it’s never been easier to get in and out, thanks to the perfectly positioned seats!
The EcoSport is very spacious for a compact SUV and quite versatile with smart storage solutions, boot space of 333 litres and the rear seats can also be folded down to give you more space to load bigger objects.
It has a ground clearance of 206mm which makes overcoming potholes and harsh road conditions a super easy task. Ford’s Ecosport also proofed a remarkable water wading depth of 550 mm! Even though the Ecosport doesn’t have a 4×4 option, it still has something to offer when it comes to water crossing, which can come in very handy especially areas that are prone to flooding.
What features will I find in an entry-level Ecosport Ambiente?
Bluetooth Connectivity, x2 USB Ports, Voice Control, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, Rear Parking Sensors, Front and Rear Power Windows, Halogen Headlamps, Dual Front, Side and Curtain Airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, Remote Central Locking, Perimeter Alarm and Immobiliser, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Radio / CD / USB Ports, and manually activated ‘Follow-me-home’ headlamps.
Titanium features over and above the Ambiente:
Keeping in sync with your loved ones is just a voice command away using Ford’s classy SYNC3 infotainment system, which is fitted as standard on the Titanium models and also features a Navigation system on an 8.0″ colour touchscreen.
Keyless entry and start. You can now start your new journey with a push of a button and Go Wander in your direction.
Roll Stability Control. Helps you keep connected to the road and in control, this especially comes in handy around corners and slippery surfaces.
Hill Launch Assist. Own that hill start every time! This function holds the brakes for 3 seconds longer from when you take your foot off the brake pedal.
Collision Mitigation System – uses camera technology to detect a potential accident and can help reduce the severity or in some cases completely avoid a frontal collision.
Adaptive Cruise Control which uses sensors and a camera to help you maintain distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror darkens automatically in proportion to how bright the flash is, then clear once the glare is no longer detected.
Fit almost anywhere with power-folding mirrors to make the Ecosport a little narrower and Front and Rear Park Distance Control.
And so much more…
All models come standard with Ford Protect, containing a 4 year / 120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 3 year / unlimited distance roadside assistance and 5 year / unlimited km corrosion warranty. A 4 year / 60 000 km service plan is included, with 15 000 km or 12 months service intervals, whichever one comes first.
So, is the Ford Ecosport a good buy?
The EcoSport is a stylish small SUV with enough space to comfortably seat 5 people and is ideal for small households. It is quite simply the perfect lifestyle vehicle that will suit all your day to day needs. It delivers excellent value for money and drives like a dream!
For the best Ford Ecosport specials, visit CMH Kempster Ford Pretoria North at 610 Steve Biko Road, Gezina, Pretoria or contact our sales team on 087 724 8757 to book your test drive.
Words: Chamoney Berrange’