Ford is trying to appeal to younger buyers with a facelifted EcoSport, but is the subcompact SUV good enough to grow a large following similar to what the Fiesta and Focus enjoy in the UK?
Auto Express took one for a spin just to see how it compares and the publication only gave the 2018 Ecosport two stars out of five. Why such a low score, you may ask? Well that’s because they think the current diesel offering is just too sluggish and suggests buyers wait for the EcoBlue diesel variant, which is slated to arrive this summer.
Their Titanium trim model was equipped with a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, delivering 99bhp and 215Nm of torque. Sending that power to the front wheels is a 6-speed manual transmission, giving it a 0-62mph acceleration time of 14 seconds. That’s a good 3 seconds slower than the upcoming 1.5-litre EcoBlue four-cylinder diesel, an engine rated at 123bhp and 300Nm of torque.
Though the official fuel economy rating provided by Ford is 68.8mpg, the tested EcoSport’s real world mileage falls short at 50mpg because they had a bit of trouble keeping up with the flow of traffic on the freeway, thus burning more fuel.
Of course there’s a bright side to all of this and the EcoSport definitely delivers in steering, which is described to be “well weighted and pleasingly direct”. Then there’s the interior featuring soft-touch materials, a SYNC 3 touchscree, etc. If you go for the Titanium trim like Auto Express did, it’ll come with keyless start with Ford power start button, ambient lighting, power folding mirrors, 8" touchscreen and more.
How many stars will you give the EcoSport?