Though the EcoSport was launched in North America just last year, at the end of 2018, this particular model has been around since 2003, and the second fully revamped generation hit the markets in 2013. The vehicle is pretty small for an SUV, thus making it just right for our crowded cities. Overall, there was mixed kind of “welcome”, but Since Ford has already introduced the 2020 model with almost no changes, they must feel very confident about the future of the EcoSport in the US. The vehicle hasn’t yet made it even to the middle of the professional rankings of the subcompact SUVs lists. Moreover, Americans feel that the price is a tad steep for a considerably smaller vehicle.
- SYNK 3 infotainment
- Citi-friendly size
- Surprisingly a lot of cargo space
- AWD optional on all the trims
- Sup par acceleration
- Impaired visibility
- Serious lack of advanced safety aids
- Poor fuel economy
- Week engine on the lower-tier trim
- Unpleasant quality of the ride
Ford EcoSport Overview
For now, the popular expert opinion on the EcoSport is: the vehicle is too small and the features and functions, tech or safety, are way too insufficient to even begin to justify that price tag. Though, consumer story is very different: first of all, sales show almost 55 000 EcoSport count the year it was launched, that puts the EcoSport in between two rivals: the very popular Honda HR-V that has sold almost 86 000 in 2018 and the Mazda CX-3 that sold around 17 000 during the same period of time, both have been on the market for a very long time.
Overall, the EcoSport is a solid choice to gracefully maneuver your family throughout the city streets. There is a certain level of comfort provided and you’ll surely have enough cargo space. For an SUV, the price is rather low, and most of the complaints about the hefty price tag comes from people mistaking this Ford model for a car. Generally, there’s nothing exceptional or one-of-a-king about this vehicle.
EcoSport is available in 4 trims.
The EcoSport has an overall attractive exterior design, it resembles the Ford Escape if it was shrunk. The vehicle has a modern feel, and its contemporary styling is complemented by the sleek LED lighting (top trims) and beautiful chrome wheel design. The lower and the top trims have gorgeous blacked-out grille, and the mid two have chrome stylish accents added to it. A rear spoiler adds a bit of sporty aggression to the look.
Overall, the interior is well-crafted and attractive, though some find it a bit dated. There’s more than enough space in the front and the back could use just a bit more room. Ford’s SYNK 3 infotainment system is undoubtedly one of the best features, and it is available on all of the trims above the base.
Overall the handling is pleasant, though the vehicle can be considered slow, just lacking a bit of that much-desired muscle power. Acceleration is somewhat unexciting, and there’s a bit of delay in braking, the steering feels sharp. All of the trims have available AWD. The first two trims (S, SE) and the upscale SES are all equipped with the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine generating 123 hp, and the upper-mid-tier Titanium comes standard with AWD and has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 166 hp.
The standard base EcoSport S model is equipped with some of the very necessary tech features:
- SYNK infotainment
- rearview camera
- power windows/locks
- AM/FM/MP3 Sync audio with six speakers
- Auto start-stop technology
- 2 USB ports
- Cruise control
- tilt/telescopic steering wheel and more.
Higher trims are equipped with much more standard and optional features and functions, like a sunroof, SYNK 3, automatic CC, Reverse Sensing System, Beng &Olufsen premium audio system, navigation, etc.
EcoSport basic starts with a 19 995 USD price tag and if you look at the above-mentioned tech features that come standard for that price tag – it is a very good deal. The price goes up to the 27 610 USD for the standard complication of the upscale SES full-packed with tech and safety features.
The EcoSport is a five-seater. The first-row seating is comfortable, with a high seating position and just enough head and legroom for an enjoyable ride. The second row might feel a bit cramped especially for tall passengers. Seats come standard with cloth upholstery and are manually adjustable, moving up on the trims you’ll be able to add more upscale features, like heated seats or upholstered with leather.
The base model has a single zone manual AC, and all of the above are equipped with electronic automatic temperature control.
All of the trims above the base are equipped with cutting-edge SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay compatibility. The system is very intuitive, easy-to-use with effective voice recognition option. 8-inch screen and awesome pinch-to-zoom navigation will also make your life a lot easier. The base model has the SYNK which is nothing like the SYNK 3, and chances are you’ll hate it with passion.
Storage and Space
Surprisingly, for a car this size, Ford has managed to provide enough space to comfortably store personal items and provide just enough space for cargo. You will get a 20.9 cubic feet behind the back row of seats, and with the back row folded down your cargo space will reach a very respectable 50.
Overall, the EcoSport will be able to provide a comfortable ride: front seats are firm and supportive, you’ll be able to easily control the temperature in a car this size, the cabin is pleasant and thought-through, thus, if you add a quiet ride and the SYNK 3 to the mix – you’ve got yourself a very decent level of comfort.
The front seats are supportive and comfy with just enough head and legroom to feel at ease. The back row is another story: taller folk might feel cramped and the overall comfort is lacking due to the flat seats that in some reviews are compared wooden boards.
The comfort is boosted by the pleasant handling and a rather high ride of the EcoSport, it’ll give you a very peasant commanding view of the road.
Unfortunately, to achieve a smooth ride, you are going to pick the smoothest road possible, otherwise, the quality immediately dwindles and you’ll feel every bump on the road.
Safety & Reliability
The NHTSA safety ratings are generally OK. The overall rating is 4 out of 5.
Should I Buy the Ford EcoSport?
It is a good inexpensive choice for an SUV, you should definitely take it out for a test drive.
How Much Does it cost?
19 995 USD – 27 610 USD