Ford Ecosport Review
After Ford Ecosport's successful launch in the South American Countries including Argentina and Brazil, the automaker prepared to launch this vehicle in Indonesian market in 2014. Despite the delay, this mini sport-utility vehicle bagged good response in terms of sales numbers in the nation. This global vehicle offers discretion to its occupants in terms of a power house that delivers decent fuel consumption count accompanied with appreciable pick up numbers and acceleration. Its versatile engine response makes it a favorite of the people looking for a compact SUV which has decent maneuvering radius of 5.3 meters unlike other full-size SUV's. However, in Indonesian market, it comes equipped with company's global engine, 1.5-litre Sigma Ti-VCT inline 4-cylinder that churns out maximum power of 110 PS at 6050 rpm and high torque of 142 Nm at 4500 rpm. It is packed in a 5-speed manual transmission (MT) and 6-speed automatic transmission (AT), across three variants: Ecosport Ambiente MT, Ecosport Trend (MT/AT) and Titanium (MT/AT). You can choose either the conventional 5-speed manual transmission which is designed to suit the city conditions or the mileage-friendly 6-speed automatic transmission. Coming to its exteriors, 2013 version of this car has got appealing looks in comparison to the first generation. This restyling done to the second generation variant grabbed attention due to its rear lights, front and rear bumpers and dashboard-seat materials. Fun segment is very basic packed with AM/ FM, MP3, Bluetooth, USB and aux-in as standard. The safety aspects loaded with the SUV includes Hill Launch Assist (HLA), dual airbag system, Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic stability control (ESC), rear parking sensors, smart key less entry, engine immobilizer, seatbelts and more.
Mileage and Fuel economy
Talking about the power generation along with the fuel consumption, Ford EcoSport is capable of delivering good counts for both the aspects taking cae of your pocket. The 1.5-litre Ti-VCT engine gives a mileage count of 8 - 9 kmpl in city areas. When taking longer routes, fuel consumption lies in the range of a decent 13.5 kmpl to 14.5 kmpl.
When it comes to powertrain, the EcoSport is dominant and is equipped in only one engine over all the range of variants avaialable in the market. The 1.5L, 1498cc Sigma Ti-VCT inline 4-cylinder engine churns out a maximum power of 110 PS at 6050 rpm and high torque of 142 Nm at 4500 rpm.
Acceleration & Pickup
The sole petrol engine equipped in this car, 1.5-litre engine, delivers decent acceleration and pick up number comparing other cars in the segment. It takes 13.5 seconds to achieve the 100 km/hr mark from zero, while the top speed is about 165 km/hr.
Talking about Ecosport's exterior profile, it successfully woos you with its flawless and innovative design. The front facade starts with sweeping aerodynamic broad bonnet that perfectly integrates with the rest of the vehicle body. The headlamps appear slim and packed with dual halogen lights, but the grille is designed in a broad carved out horizontal slats layout, bestride with the company insignia in the exact centre line that amplifies the strong urbane presence of the SUV. In addition, the front bumper is adorned with fog lamps placed at the corners and plastic cladding underneath which gives it a strong appeal on rugged surfaces. Looking at the side profile of the car, B-pillar merges with the side window glass made in black-finish. The door handle, side mirrors mounted with indicator and roof rails is kept in body color to maintain the overall aesthetics of the vehicle. Rear profile is assimilated in wrap around rear window together with horizontal wrap around tail lights giving it a contemporary look. Besides this, you are also provided with a spare wheel hanged on the rear gate adding the SUV-ish adventure look to the car. This also increases space for your personal belongings inside the boot cabin.
Although the Ford Ecosport is a mini sport-utility vehicle and appears compact in its overall structure but has some good dimensions to brag. The measurements are 4245mm X 2054mm X 1708 mm (L x W x H) including the side mirrors. The ground clearance is of 200 mm, whilst the wheelbase is of 2521 mm which is a decent count for a compact SUV.
The interiors of Ford Ecosport are spacious, irrespective of the fact that this SUV is a compact one. Great detailing has been added to its interiors, designed by American engineers offering you practicality and intelligence. As per standard theme, interiors are lined in black material adding sportiness to the car. The seats are covered in cloth or leather upholstery depending on the variant you pick and the dashboard is made in soft touch plastic in high-quality finish. Further accentuating the interiors, besides black colored seats, dashboard and steering, gray color highlights are made on steering wheel and gear shift knob. To increase the comfort level and access over functions, centre console lits in Ice Blue illumination and the front seats slide and recline with driver-seat vertical height adjustment and lumbar support. One more considerable aspect of this car is its NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) making which reduces the noise at high speeds.
The climate control system in Ecosport is manual air conditioning with automatic only in the top variant which is good enough to keep you relaxed on long runs by maintaining the optimal temperature inside. Other than the boot space, this mini SUV offers 20 practical storage spaces that is more than enough to make your travel hassle-free and burden less. In some top variants, this car also gives you the option of power sunroof through which you can enjoy the open skies. Steering wheel mounted with audio control switches increases the control even when driving at high speeds or in confined spaces. Other comfort features packed in this car include a 12-V power socket, electric powered ORVMs, overhead console for sunglass holder, all 4 power windows, average fuel economy, driver-passenger side vanity mirror with illumination, vanity mirror outside temperature, rain sensing wiper and much more.
If you are just making an estimation looking at its exterior compact structure about its cargo volume, then you might be wrong. Its exterior layout doesn't compromise when it comes to boot cabin. It offers you ample space to house your necessary belongings & accessories with rear seats folding offering a total count of 705-litres.
Engine and Performance
Under the hood, Ecosport is equipped with a well-known Ford's engine, the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) 4-cylinder that generates a maximum power output of 110 PS at 6050 rpm and high torque of 142 Nm at 4500 rpm. This sole gasoline engine is coupled with a choice of 5-speed manual transmission (MT), good for city driving or 6-speed automatic transmission (AT). The major difference they makes is in the fuel economy.
Stereo and Accessories
Coming to the fun and entertainment segment of this SUV, you may feel a bit low with very basic stereo features packed in this car. Still, you have the option to play your favorite track throughout journey by connecting external devices via Aux-in interface, USB and iPod connectivity. Moreover, Ford’s SYNC feature integrated with Bluetooth and Voice Control aspect, AM/ FM, MP3 are some other functions, but they are not standard in all the trims of Ecosport. For advanced stereo functions, you can upgrade to the top variant of the car.
Ecosport comes fitted in wheel size varying from 16-inch alloy wheels to 15-inch wheels, depending upon the variant you pick. The 16-inch wheels comes in tire size 205/60 R16.
Braking and Handling
For an SUV, it is very important to consider its braking and handling part, for the very obvious reason, that this vehicle is made to travel on uneven surfaces besides the urban rides. In Ecosport, better stability and handling is maintained by front suspension fitted with McPherson strut with coil spring and rear suspensions with semi-independent twist beam with coil springs. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Stability Control keeps the vehicle in track, not allowing the wheels to get locked on sudden braking thereby preventing skidding. Minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters gives you a fair idea about the maneuvering capabilities of the car in tight spaces, and is easy to handle.
Safety and Security
Ford Ecosport takes care of its occupants with dual airbag system for driver and front passenger passive safety that reduces the collision effect. Moreover, the vehicle body is made in light weight high strength boron steel, increasing the overall strength of the vehicle and preparing it to lessen the accidental effects. In case, you need to travel on hill sides and sloping tracks, the Hill Launch Assist (HLA) feature will ensure your safety and prevents vehicle from rolling backwards. Other safety aspects include anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic stability control (ESC), rear parking sensors, smart key less entry, engine immobilizer, seatbelt and more.
- Commendable boot space and mini storage cabins
- Quiet cabin even at high speeds
- Engine maintains good fuel economy relation in addition to the transmissions available
- Lacks the ruggedness of a proper SUV
- Basic entertainment features