Ford EcoSport (2014) Review

Equipment, Safety and Security

Ford EcoSport InteriorStandard equipment for all models delivered in the UK:

  • SYNC with AppLink – this is Ford’s in-car voice control facility, and they claim that it will allow you to sync the car’s computer with your phone, enabling you to make and take calls, have received texts read out loud to you, play the music stored on your phone, and access certain apps. We were unable to test this facility during our test drive because in our test vehicle the electronics were stubbornly stuck to German. The EcoSport was the first vehicle to get this feature in this latest version in Europe, and apparently it works reasonably well, even if it occasionally dislikes certain British accents.
  • Shift Indicator for gear changes – there is a light on the instrument panel which tells you the optimum times to shift gears. No, not for speed, but for fuel economy.
  • Trip Computer and trip information panel – provides you with figures on mileage done, fuel consumption, outside air temperature, and range left given the amount of fuel in the tank and your current average consumption.
  • Airbags – driver, passenger, curtain and side airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag.
  • Emergency Assist – in case of a collision where the airbags are triggered or the fuel pump is deactivated, the onboard computer communicates directly with the emergency services, providing coordinates and other data. This only works when SYNC is paired with a compatible mobile phone.
  • Anti-lock breaking system (ABS) with electronic break distribution (EBD). Also, Emergency Break Assist (EBA) which can automatically break harder than you are in certain circumstances.
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Traction Control – help prevent understeer, oversteer, and can help prevent wheelspin on slippery surfaces.
  • Four rear ISOFIX child seat attachment points.
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – immediately alerts you in case of a puncture
  • Driver and passenger seatbelt reminder alert.
  • Thatcham Category1 alarm with inclination sensing – detects intrusion through a broken window, and even attempts to lift the vehicle (e.g. in case of towing).
  • Keyless Entry with Ford Power Start Button – should you run out of battery on the keyfob, the top comes off it revealing an old school key which will give you access to your car.
  • Front fog lights.
  • Electric front and rear windows.
  • Rear wash and wipe, and defogger.
  • Electronic mirrors – however these do not fold in when the engine is switched off, unlike in other recent Ford models.
  • Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS)
  • Adjustable multifunction leather steering wheel and leather handbrake.
  • Electronic Automatic Temperature Control.
  • Folding split rear seats.
  • Radio/CD with USB connection and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Sound system with 4 speakers.
  • Ford Protect – 3 year/60,000 mile Ford Protect Classic Plan Warranty, In addition, and Ford Assistance for 1 year

Titanium trim:

  • Patna in Dark Shadow seat trim with Vigo in Charcoal Black
  • 16” Alloy Wheels
  • Silver Roof Rails

Titanium X trim (£1,000 extra):

  • Partial leather trim: Torino leather in Charcoal Black
  • 17” 5-spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror & Rain Sensing Wipes
  • Cruise Control

Colour Options:

  • Bright yellow – solid
  • Diamond white – solid (optional extra, £250)
  • Kinetic blue – metallic (optional extra, £495)
  • Panther black – metallic (optional extra, £495)
  • Mars red – metallic (optional extra, £495)
  • Moondust silver – metallic (optional extra, £495)
  • Sea grey – metallic (optional extra, £495)

Other options:

  • Audio upgrade: 6 speakers, Bluetooth, Voice Control and Emergency Assistance, 3.5″ colour screen, USB (£250)
  • Rear Parking Sensors (£200)
  • 4th/5th Year Extended Warranties:
    • either 4 years/80,000 miles (£130)
    • or 5 years/100,000 miles (£240)
  • Premium Plan – includes Scheduled servicing, Extended Ford Assistance and Vehicle Hire
    • 2 years / 2 Services (£350)
    • 3 years / 3 Services (£570)

Some features and options it lacks:

  • Front heated windscreen – in a pretty inexplicable move, Ford has decided to dispense of this option altogether, and you cannot even pay to have it added
  • Folding mirrors – Ford fans may be disappointed that this car does not have mirrors that fold automatically when turning off the engine, as is usual on other Ford models
  • Grab handles – much to the surprise of some reviewers, it seems the EcoSport will not feature any grab handles in order to leave space for their curtain airbags. We personally did not find this to be an issue, but if you make a habit of hanging shirts or suits off them in the back of your car you may miss them.

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