The 2014 Ford EcoSport may be the best-driving little SUV, but that’s inadequate these days– it’s dazzling partly, actually frustrating in others. The detached interior high quality and the difficult to deal with back door are excessive to disregard, making the automobile feel like a global off-the-shelf solution as opposed to a smartly thought-out bespoke product.
The 2014 Ford EcoSport review
Ford has a routine of showing up overdue to events. The SUV sales rise was in full swing when the initial Kuga arrived around back in 2008, its larger sibling the Edge doesn’t arrive till 2015 and now the little Ford EcoSport is here, equally the segment-leading Nissan Juke is about to acquire its mid-life overhaul.
It gives Ford one clear benefit, though – the advantage of hindsight. So this new design, sitting on the well-known B-segment system that likewise underpins the great Fiesta, has a great chance to go straight to the top of the class.
The EcoSport– articulated ‘Echo-Sport’ in submission to its developers in Ford’s Brazilian HQ– may have been established throughout the other side of the world, however baseding on the Brit that led the team, Nick Collins, it has actually profited from Ford’s around the world resources. This is one more example of Ford’s global ‘One Ford’ philosophy.
With tiny SUVs ending up being ever more popular it’s no surprise to see Ford getting in on the act with the brand-new EcoSport. A competitor to the similarity the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the EcoSport is based upon the Fiesta and coincides length, yet it’s remarkably spacious inside with lots of storage space, sensible seats and an elevated driving position.
The EcoSport name isn’t effectively brand-new– an initial generation model, based on the Fusion, was introduced in Brazil in 2003 and this brand new vehicle was developed and crafted in Brazil with designs for the UK being built in India. Just two-wheel drive versions will certainly be sold below with an uncomplicated engine line-up of a 1.5-litre gasoline, a 1.5 TDCi diesel and the three-cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost engine which offers the most sprightly performance.
It’s fair to state it’s not Ford’s most adventurous layout, however it does look excellent from the front with a sturdy mini-SUV look. We’re far much less convinced by the back though. That extra wheel stuck on the back is similar to an aged Toyota RAV4 and looks dated. It also means the EcoSport has a side hinged tailgate door which is uncomfortable to open in tight spaces. Rarely optimal for an auto made for metropolitan usage.
It’s much better inside with a good quality interior and an orderly layout that complies with the Fiesta. There’s an outstanding amount of stowage and it’s sensible as well with back seats that fold up and turn up along with an excellent sized boot and only a little boot lip. Back passenger room is generous as well with good leg and headroom, even for those six foot plus.
The other area where the EcoSport makes an impression on is tools. All UK models are Titanium trim and have plenty of package consisting of 16-inch alloys, climate say, keyless entrance and start, a multifunction steering wheel and electricity home windows all round. For one more â�¤ 1000 you can include the Titanium X pack that includes natural leather seats, boat trip control and 17-inch alloys.
• Car tested: Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 TDCi 91PS
• Price: £16,495
• Engine: 1.5 4cyl, 123bhp
• Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
• 0-62mph: 14 seconds
• Top speed: 99mph
• Economy: 61.4mpg
• Economy: 120g/km
• Equipment: 16-inch alloys, SYNC voice control for Bluetooth and iPod, Climate control, Keyless entry