Ford Ecosport Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Ford Ecosport Overview

The recipe for the EcoSport has been pretty straightforward all these years. Take the high seating position and robust air associated with SUVs and cram it into an urban, sub-4-metre package. But, as the years went by and we got newer products in the form of the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, the Honda WR-V and even the Tata Nexon, the EcoSport‘s advantage was washed clean. Not to mention, it had its own share of shortcomings too.The facelift is Ford’s way of making the EcoSport more exciting and more sensible. Have they succeeded? Request a test drive for Ecosport in Tryaldrive

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Ford Ecosport Look

 

 

The Ford EcoSport’s front end has been revised thoroughly as part of the latest update. The grille has been moved up, is a lot bigger and bolder and Ford’s iconic blue oval takes its place of pride right in the centre now. The headlamp unit houses projector beams and redesigned LED daytime running lamps. The round fog lamps have made way for bigger units that add more visual mass and on the whole the changes make for a fresh, more SUV-esque stance.

Changes to the sides are limited to new, 17-inch alloy wheels, on offer only on the Titanium and Titanium+ variants. Move to the rear and you’ll notice the spare wheel still mounted onto the backside. Ford tells us its research showed that customers prefer having the spare wheel on the rear door as it adds to the SUV-like feel, so the wheel hasn’t been moved. That said there’s absolutely no changes to the rear end and you could very well confuse the new version with the older one as they look the exactly the same from behind.

Ford Ecosport Comfort

The biggest highlight inside is the new 8-inch touchscreen. It gets a crisp resolution and bright colours, and touch sensitivity is excellent which makes using it on the go a breeze. The EcoSport now gets Ford’s SYNC 3 that brings with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The revised centre console houses two USB slots apart from the controls for air-conditioning. As has been the case with Fords, climate control does an excellent job of cooling the cabin quickly. The revised clocks and steering mounted controls look classier and make for a richer feel from behind the wheel. The driver now gets a full-sized, fixed arm rest that also has a really deep cubby hole underneath. The rear seat gets a folding arm rest with cup holders as well.

Interiors are all-black like before, and look sporty. Beige interiors would have made for a roomier feel, but their lighter shade tends to look old and dirty very quickly, making the black theme the better bet here. We were hoping Ford would equip the EcoSport with a sunroof this time but it has chosen not to, which is a bit of a disappointment. Exterior dimensions or the wheelbase haven’t changed which means interior space is the same. Sitting behind taller drivers thus continues to be a squeeze and boot space is the same at 352 litres too. Flip the second row down and you can liberate over 1100 litres of space though.

Ford Ecosport Gearbox

With the launch of the Ford EcoSport facelift, the company has removed the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was the most powerful engine. Moreover, the 1.5-litre petrol engine has been replaced with a better 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated engine, which produces more power than the previous generation model. It now makes a good power of 21 bhp at 6,500 revs per minute against a decent torque of 150 Nm at 4,500 revs per minute.The Ford EcoSport diesel variant produces a lesser power of 99 bhp at 3,750 revs per minute but a better torque of 205 Nm at 1,750 revs per minute. The power is sent down to the front wheels via a 5-speed gearbox unit as standard. However, the top-end petrol trims get an optional 6-speed automatic as well.

Considering the specifications of Ford EcoSport, the car is extremely fuel efficient. The naturally-aspirated petrol engine, despite making 121 bhp power, returns with an ARAI-certified mileage of 17 kmpl for the manual trim and almost 15 kmpl for the automatic. The 1.5-litre diesel motor is ever-so-efficient and offers close to 23 kmpl. Ford EcoSport mileage is phenomenal for a crossover with so much power.

Ford Ecosport Rideing

Ford has tweaked the suspension slightly to improve ride quality and the difference was noticeable. I remember the EcoSport feeling crashy through potholes, but the refreshed version did a better job of soaking them up. The Titanium and Titanium+ petrol versions get bigger, 17-inch wheels now while lower variants use 16-inch wheels just like before, for aesthetics as well as better handling. The steering setup is slightly different and isn’t as sharp as before. Ford tells us the response has been dulled slightly basis customer feedback, and the effect is a more linear feel when turning into corners. Feedback from the steering is as good as before though, with lots of communication. On the whole, the EcoSport continues with Ford’s tradition of making cars that handle well.

Ford Ecosport Safety

Ford offers two safety airbags for the driver and front passenger and ABS with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard across all the variants. Other standard features include a seat belt warning system and child seat anchor point. The fully-loaded Titanium Plus gets six airbags, Brake Assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), Hill Hold Control and Traction Control System. It even gets rear parking sensors and a camera.

Ford Ecosport Price in Hyderabad

Ford Ecosport Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,29,277/- (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 Hyderabad. Check for Ecosport price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Ford Ecosport Bottomline

The Ford EcoSport was feeling dated as a package, especially in the company of newer competitors like the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon. Its styling was getting long in the tooth and the feature list wasn’t up to date either. The refreshed version takes care of all that and feels a lot more competent and modern. The new 1.5-litre petrol engine feels nice, and the automatic gearbox should make driving in city traffic more convenient. The suspension setup offers a better balance now, making the EcoSport even more likeable as an urban SUV.Its facelift is a much needed shot in the arm for the EcoSport, and Ford is clearly aiming at winning back its crown in the compact SUV segment. The 2018 EcoSport will get launched in the coming weeks and when launched, we expect it to be priced in the same region as its current version to put up a serious fight to its competitors.

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