If you’re looking for a compact, agile SUV that features a roomy cabin and plenty of standard equipment, the Ford EcoSport really should be on your shortlist.
The engagingly chunky EcoSport is a small SUV that possess the kind of style that appeals to families and young professionals alike. A raised ride height, rising shoulder line and swept back roofline all hint at the vehicle’s go-anywhere qualities. The vehicle’s five-door body ensures that access to passenger compartments and boot is always simple to achieve. There’s plenty of headroom on offer for every traveller, and space in the back for two adults or three younger occupants. Access to a 335-litre boot is made all the more easy by a low load sill. With 60/40 split-folding rear seats dropped, cargo volume expands to a useful 1,240 litres.
The EcoSport’s range of engines include an entry-level 1.0-litre 125bhp petrol unit, which manages up to 5.3l/100km and produces CO2 emissions from 119g/km. The same engine also delivers great acceleration, ensuring that it offers a good blend of efficiency and power. The most eco-friendly option is a 1.5-litre 100bhp diesel engine, which produces emissions as low as 110g/km.
Entry-level Zetec trims feature an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. This includes a six-speaker stereo, DAB radio, AUX and USB inputs, and Android and Apple smartphone connectivity. Next-level Titanium grades, meanwhile, add an extra speaker and satellite navigation functionality.
A host of passive safety elements are included as standard, such as multiple airbags, driver and co-passenger seatbelt reminders, and ISOFIX child-seat anchor points. Driver aids include Electronic Stability Control and Hill-Launch Assist, which ensures that wheels remain static for a few seconds whenever the brake pedal is released on an incline.