Toronto’s annual Canadian International Autoshow (CIAS) is underway and Ford has brought two 2018 EcoSports in different trims to the show; Titanium and SES.
On display is a black EcoSport in Titanium trim with a 1.0-liter three cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost engine and the other was an orange SES 2.0-liter four with optional 4WD and cargo management system. The EcoSport Titanium features heated, leather trimmed first-row seating for a luxurious feel and it makes up for the hard plastics used in the door and dash. On the other end of the spectrum is the SES model with black upholstery and orange accents running throughout the cabin.
No matter which trim you choose, passenger ergonomics are the same with well-padded front passenger and driver seats along with ample head and legroom in the rear. My five-foot-six frame can comfortably fit in the back seat with a few inches of headroom left over. Perhaps it may be a tight fit for those who are six foot and above. There’s even a lumbar adjustment knob for the driver seat to suit a multitude of spinal curvatures.
The center console is well organized with minimal buttons, two USB ports, a 12 volt outlet and a little cubby for your phone. On the other hand, the Ecosport’s steering wheel may seem a bit cluttered at first, but that’s something you will get used to in time.
By no means is the EcoSport perfect. If the rear headrests are not folded down they will block a portion of your rear view and the middle passenger, depending on how tall they are, may have to slouch down a bit. Also, a forum member inquired about the swing gate’s interior plastic and how scratch resistant the material is. Well, the orange display model’s swing gate had a few shallow and deep scratches so we can only assume that it’s somewhat soft.
Other features of note is the portable traffic cones hidden under the cargo floor, sliding front armrest, AC 110V outlet in the rear, and the swing gate handle which was designed to mirror the taillight on the left.
The Canadian International Autoshow is worth a visit if you’re close by, but for anyone who won’t be able to make it, we have a forum album you can peruse.