Similar To Fiesta and Focus
If you are not already familiar with the Fiesta or Focus, do yourself a favor and check them out at your local Ford Dealer. Once behind the wheel of either the Fiesta or Focus, you`ll feel right at home in the new EcoSport. According to CarBuzz.com it feels exactly like the Fiesta, just few inches higher off the ground.
Standard on the SES trim is an on-demand AWD system similar to what the current Ford Escape has. Depending on who you are this may or may not be a good thing. Considered a "light version" with no way to lock in AWD and no low range function as reported by TCC. This is in no way an off-roader, but to the average the extra bit of control and confidence it provides in messy winter conditions will go a long way. For some extra insight while we wait for its 2018 launch, watch this Intelligent AWD/4WD Introduction Video from Ford USA
Skip to 0:30 and you'll see Kelsey Mays of Cars.com explain one flaw the swing-gate has, clearance. It requires a lot of space to open all the way. Anyone who spends enough time running errands in the city will easily find this to be an issue when trying to load/unload when parallel parked or a packed parkade. Even at home if you have a small garage or your spot at the condo. Ford might have to rethink this one.
Lacking In Safety Systems
Mike Monticello from Consumer Reports brought up a great point at 1:05 about safety technology, it needs more. Blind-Spot warning has been confirmed for the 2018 MY EcoSport but as mentioned, due to the environment it will often be Ford should consider including more advanced safety technology.