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Test Ford Ecosport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium S (III) Assessment and conclusions

We take stock of what the Ford EcoSport provides us with the most powerful engine, sport suspension and the complete equipment. Are you up to rivals B SUV? Is it preferable to a party or a B-MAX? Let's see.

Once we have seen aspects of livability, comfort, performance and consumption, we must take into account other factors. The EcoSport has been criticized for being a car designed for emerging countries (Such as Brazil or India) and below expectations of European customers. In fact, the EcoSport not sold so well as Renault Captur, Nissan Juke, Peugeot or Opel Mokka 2008.

Ford made some improvements in this model in 2015, adding more insulation, adding some chrome and changing the appearance of some plastics. They remain hard as rocks. I found obvious flaws finishing leave much to be desired, the level of poor quality interiors of the Chrysler and Dodge from DaimlerChrysler era.

The pillar trim, at its junction with the dashboard, has a large slack, as if he had not fit well the piece (see gallery). Is the same in the plastic cover on over the mirror, hiding a sensor, it does not fit. The car was completely new and was the first medium to test this unit. I also noticed a cricket that seemed to come from the glove compartment or under the dashboard, whew it was again!

It may seem very similar inside the Party, but it is a step back in quality

A level of quality, in that sense, disappoints. To be fair, it would have to check if you are easily visible defects in other units EcoSport I do not say that all of factory- come so but of course I'm surprised you have passed the quality control so obvious defects. In fact, a sticker on the windshield looks "Ford Quality", Is not it ironic?

In front of change it has a rubber surface adhesive that is good to leave the mobile phone so that it does not cause annoying vibrations, and so subject better cornering. It does not seem very engaged. It also draws attention first generation uses SYNC. This unit had no support for Spotify, or Glympse, or Aha, nor Kaliki.

Yes, the stereo sounds great-considering the segment in which we're- and plastic car support high volume without appearing to be jumping the screws with the bass. And in fairness I must say that the engine is almost inaudible highway if it is not full throttle, it is relatively quiet and isolation, yes, it shows.

Mixed leather seats / black fabric

Let's look at other practical aspects. The seats are partially trimmed in leather, the rest is textile. They give a good feeling, but of course, with hot weather and short sleeves, passed as with any leather seat. If we forget the look of the hardness of the suspension, the seats are comfortable, and the rear seats can travel and sleep even if they are a tad vertical.

Legroom there, above enough, the front passengers are not to be uncomfortable for the rear occupants have slack. Another intriguing detail, there is no gap which fits well a bottle of more than 1.5 liters, are more intended for cans or bottles.

In the front doors there storage compartments, They are deep in length, so it can hide a portable umbrella or medium-sized objects away from prying eyes. After all, except the glove, no more compartments with lid. At the height of the driver's left knee is a little guanterita, with room keys, a pack of snuff or garage door opener.

electrochromic mirror - To observe the slack there with the lid top plastic roof respect to imperial

About the aptitudes "all terrain" the EcoSport, I simply indicate that your headroom allows to overcome small slopes without fear of touching the low, 190 mm with this engine and sport suspension. Moreover, the gasoline have a little more ease in this sense that the casing is higher than diesel, there are 30 mm gap. It is not intended for driving off road go beyond and have high angles of attack and output better than a Fiesta.

It does not have any help getting out of road

Goodyear tires are EfficientGrip, the best in the market in terms of balance of performance, fuel economy and kilometric duration but They are to go by road. Punctually can lose traction on slippery surfaces minimally if the throttle is not dosed with care. But nothing happens, the ESP act fast. Other tires can perform well in winter even with only front wheel drive.

For, unskillful or infrequent first-time drivers, will reassure them know that has hill start assistance. In the coastal town we frequent, with large ramps and several STOP, stand your ground and crosswalks in bad places, it is very easy to start the car without dropping even a centimeter. No need to be a virtuoso handling of the pedals. Yes, clutch, generally it requires some skill to be smooth driving.

Ford SYNC first generation. In the test unit had no AppLink

In summary, I consider the Ford EcoSport is below what they offer their rivals European construction. Maybe when production begins in Romania next year Ford decides to toughen its quality standards. I have not seen finishing defects so none of its European rivals. The equipment available is also behind, You can not qualify for many things, as advanced security systems.

Pricewise I do not see why you have to pay more than 16,000 euros (according exist for this car the Focus, neither is nor Eco Sport. The compact is more comfortable, is best finish has better trunk, is broader, driving dynamics is much better, and to say you eat less. In the test of 125 hp EcoBoost Focus surpassed the 600 kilometers without being in reserve (having 160 additional margin km), and a reservoir about the same size. Nope !, she was conducted less loaded and less demanding, but it is a bigger car.

Who would buy a EcoSport encourage? Who likes the aesthetics of this type of car or prefer to go a little higher than normal; there who gives more subjective safety, I do not think so. For completely objective reasons, it is what I said before, there is no where to catch it. Better to choose a Trend or Titanium with normal suspension, even with this motor, and can choose Titanium S with less powerful engines (if that is the problem).

Expert Reviews

We liked more

  • Spends little if we make it easy
  • More interior capacity than Fiesta
  • Possibility to make room for luggage

We liked least

  • Behavior "sports" It is not such
  • Quality interior, a subject still pending
  • justito Porter

Note: 6.5