Ford EcoSport (2014) Review

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Available in 1.5 diesel, N/A petrol and 1.0 Ecoboost

Overview

The EcoSport comes to the UK market in four versions:

  • 1.0 EcoBoost
    • Euro Stage: Stage V
    • Fuel: Petrol
    • Transmission: 5-speed Manual gearbox
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Maximum power: 125 PS / 92 kW
    • Torque: 170 Nm
    • CO2 Emissions: 125 g/km
    • Fuel consumption:
      • Urban: 42.8 mpg, 6.6 L/100km
      • Extra Urban: 60.1 mpg, 4.7 L/100km
      • Combined: 53.3 mpg, 5.3 L/100km
    • Maximum speed: 112 mph
    • Acceleration (0-62mph): 12.7 seconds
    • Vehicle Excise Duty band: D
    • On The Road price:
      • Titanium trim level: £15,995
      • Titanium X trim level: £16,995
  • 1.5 Duratec (manual)
    • Euro Stage: Stage V
    • Fuel: Petrol
    • Transmission: 5-speed Manual gearbox
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Maximum power: 112PS / 82 kW
    • Torque: 140 Nm
    • CO2 Emissions: 149 g/km
    • Fuel consumption:
      • Urban: 34.9 mpg, 8.1 L/100km
      • Extra Urban: 54.3 mpg, 5.2 L/100km
      • Combined: 44.8 mpg, 6.3 L/100km
    • Maximum speed: 107 mph
    • Acceleration (0-62mph): 13.3 seconds
    • Vehicle Excise Duty band: F
    • On The Road price:
      • Titanium trim level: £14,995
      • Titanium X trim level: £15,995
  • 1.5 Duratec (automatic)
    • Euro Stage: Stage V
    • Fuel: Petrol
    • Transmission: 6-speed Automatic PowerShift gearbox
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Maximum power: 112PS / 82 kW
    • Torque: 140 Nm
    • CO2 Emissions: 149 g/km
    • Fuel consumption:
      • Urban: 35.8 mpg, 7.9 L/100km
      • Extra Urban: 53.3 mpg, 5.3 L/100km
      • Combined: 44.8 mpg, 6.3 L/100km
    • Maximum speed: 107 mph
    • Acceleration (0-62mph): 14.1 seconds
    • Vehicle Excise Duty band: F
    • On The Road price:
      • Titanium trim level: £16,495
      • Titanium X trim level: £17,495
  • 1.5 Duratorq TDCi
    • Euro Stage: Stage V + DPF
    • Fuel: Diesel
    • Transmission: 5-speed Manual gearbox
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Maximum power: 91PS / 67 kW
    • Torque: 204 Nm
    • CO2 Emissions: 120 g/km
    • Fuel consumption:
      • Urban: 57.7 mpg, 4.9 L/100km
      • Extra Urban: 64.2 mpg, 4.4 L/100km
      • Combined: 61.4 mpg, 4.6 L/100km
    • Maximum speed: 99 mph
    • Acceleration (0-62mph): 14.0 seconds
    • Vehicle Excise Duty band: C
    • On The Road price:
      • Titanium trim level: £16,495
      • Titanium X trim level: £17,495

What is immediately obvious from these figures is that the EcoSport promises good running costs. Between low fuel consumption (especially for the EcoBoost and the Diesel variants), low road taxes in the UK, likely reasonably low insurance rates, and the usual durability and quality you would expect from Ford which should keep servicing costs to a minimum, you are looking at a very convincing proposition for the longer term.
Also welcome, is how transparent and easy to understand the engine offerings are. Combine this with only two trim levels (see below), and getting your head around which options you might wish to go for is made refreshingly easy.

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Our test mule in all it’s splendour!

Test Drive

We tested the 1.0l, 3 cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine model with the Titanium Trim, standard for the UK market.

The specifications on our test car were the standard outfit, though it lacked a couple of features that will be present in the basic model which had not been implemented for the early cars distributed to dealers for test drives. Our car lacked hill start and some covers of various bits under the bonnet, and we could not test the voice controls for the trip computer because it was stubbornly refusing to acknowledge any language other than German.

Our car had:

  • Kinetic Blue metallic body colour
  • 16” Alloy Wheels
  • Keyless Entry with Ford Power Start Button
  • Electric front and rear windows
  • Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • Silver Roof Rails
  • Trip Computer
  • Radio/CD with USB connection
  • Thatcham Alarm
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel and leather handbrake
  • Front fog lights
  • Patna in Dark Shadow seat trim with Vigo in Charcoal Black

This model has a recommended OTR price of £15,995 including VAT, but various dealerships will offer it for quite a bit cheaper. As always, a bit of shopping around is well advised.

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