Ford Ecosport Review & Test Drive

Ford EcoSport Overview

The 2017 Ford EcoSport is a sub-compact SUV that is now being offered in two engine options viz a 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel. While the 1.5 litre petrol motor is available with a choice of automatic and manual transmissions, the 1.5 litre diesel comes with a manual gearbox only. All variants of the new Ford EcoSport come with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual front airbags are also standard across all versions. The sub-compact SUV also comes with side and curtain airbags in the top end titanium+ trim. Besides, emergency assist, auto door unlock on crash and rear parking sensors can also be found on the higher variants. The new Ford EcoSport has an all black interior theme for a sporty appeal and the rear seats split in a 60:40 format for flexibility between additional boot volume and rear seating. The higher trims also come with alloy wheels as compared to a steel rim with a full wheel cover for the lower ones. Book a test drive for Ecosport in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Ford EcoSport Design & Look

Let’s start with the exterior design changes in the car. The EcoSport S looks more aggressive than the regular EcoSport thanks to the blacked-out elements it has received throughout the car. The front headlamps are now HID units and get a blacked-out treatment which goes along nicely with the new paint scheme that the EcoSport S gets. The fog lamp encasing, the lower lip and the front grille have received similar treatment too. At the back, the tail lamps have been given the smoked treatment and the spoiler has been blacked out as well. The same has been done to the roof as well which gets a gloss black finish and so does the rear spoiler. There is an ‘S’ badging at the back but the best way to recognise the car would be by the new 17-inch alloy wheels – the biggest wheel size amongst all EcoSport variants – and the design of which is simply fantastic. And of course, there is the inclusion of an electrically-operated sunroof in this variant – something that a lot of people have wished for in earlier versions of the EcoSport.

Ford EcoSport Cabin & Space

The interior of the Ford EcoSport was in dire need of a makeover and thankfully, Ford has done just that. The EcoSport now gets an all-black interior theme and there’s a new 8-inch touchscreen display at the centre of the dashboard. The instrument cluster has also been revamped and it now gets a central display surrounded by gloss black inserts. The steering wheel is also new and it houses paddle shifters for changing gears with the automatic transmission. For comfort, seats at both the front and the rear now get softer cushioning. Boot space remains as is with all the seats up at 346-litres. Ford has, however, made some design changes in the boot that now houses a small compartment that can hold a laptop. The seats also fold flat now liberating 1178-litres of boot space.

In order to keep up with the competition, Ford had to give the EcoSport new equipment and it starts with the large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The touchscreen is bright and responsive, and gets the third generation version of Ford’s SYNC interface which is easy to operate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a part of the package now and you get 2 USB ports and a 12V socket at the front. The instrument cluster has also been redesigned. It could have been better in terms of styling though. Nevertheless, it does the work the way it’s supposed to and offers detailed info, which includes a display for the tyre pressure monitoring system.

In terms of equipment, the EcoSport now understands when to switch on/off its wipers and headlamps. Not offering sunroof and rear air-con vents can be considered a missed opportunity. Ford has added keyless entry system in the EcoSport’s top variant. It senses the car’s keys in your pocket and unlocks the door as you grab the handle. While exiting, just tap the door handle and the EcoSport will lock itself.

Ford EcoSport Engine & Transmission

The new 2017 Ford EcoSport draws its power from a 1.5 litre, three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines. While the petrol motor cranks out respective power and torque outputs of 122 hp at 6,500 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,500 rpm, the diesel mill is good for 99 hp at 3,750 rpm and 205 Nm at 3,250 rpmThe new 2017 Ford Ecosport comes with both, automatic and manual gearbox options. The petrol version gets five-speed manual gearbox in three variants namely Ambiente, Trend and Titanium while the other two trims get receive six-speed automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel version of the Ecosport gets a five-speed manual gearbox, which is standard across all variants.The new 2017 Ford Ecosport has a company claimed fuel efficiency of 23 kmpl for the diesel version while for the petrol trim, the figure stands at 17 kmpl

Ford EcoSport Ride & Handling

With the facelift, Ford also got a chance to fiddle with the suspension. While it has not been thoroughly reworked, the EcoSport now gets different bushes which has changed the ride and handling characteristics of the SUV significantly. While the suspension still feels sporty, it goes over bumps and speed breakers in a much more composed manner than before. The changes have also made the cabin a lot more quieter than before. The only thing that affects the SUV are sharp bumps like level changes and rumble strips. Ford seems to have further insulated the cabin as very little road and engine noise makes its way into the cabin. It is barely noticeable at city speeds and makes the EcoSport more comfortable.

Steering feel is excellent and befits the Ford badge. It complements the sporty suspension setup around corners too. Although it is fairly well controlled, there is still some body roll that comes from the tall boy stance and the short wheelbase. All of these combined together still keeps the sporty edge that we’ve come to love over the years. The Bridgestone Ecopia 205/50 R17, in our opinion, could do with a little more grip as we know that this chassis can handle more.

Ford EcoSport Safety & Security

The 2017 Ford EcoSport has dual front airbags as standard on all variants. An ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), rear child lock, crash unlocking system and engine immobiliser are also being offered on all variants. The compact SUV gets cruise control with adjustable speed limiter device along with side and curtain airbags on the top end Titanium+ trim

Ford EcoSport Cost in Chennai

Ford Ecosport Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,31,431/- (EcoSport 1.5 TIVCT Petrol Ambiente) to 10,71,300/- (EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Ford Ecosport from Ford Dealers in Chennai. Check for Ecosport price in Chennai at Carzprice

Ford EcoSport Conclusion

Overall, the Ford EcoSport has been known for being an option which is meant for those looking for a car with a great driving experience. The EcoSport S aims to build upon that and it comes with all the right tools to be the rightful holder of that title. Not only does it get an impressive drivetrain it also brings along with itself a host of features and styling elements which make it stand out. So, if you are in the market looking for a compact SUV with a peppy driving performance, the Ford EcoSport should be right there at the top of your list.

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