Ford EcoSport review
With below-par practicality and uninspiring road manners, the Ford EcoSport can’t match the best small SUVs
The Ford EcoSport has never quite managed to match the best models in the small SUV class, although a facelift back in 2017 helped address a few key issues. In particular, there were big improvements in the cabin brought about by a smart Fiesta-inspired dashboard, while revised on-board tech meant that Ford's smallest crossover didn't feel quite so out-dated alongside newer rivals.
However, the Ecosport wasn't anywhere near the top of the class in 2017, and it certainly isn't challenging for top honours today. Mechanically and in terms of practicality, the EcoSport remains flawed; clumsy driving characteristics, poor interior space and unhelpful quirks like the side-hinged rear door all blot its copybook. Our advice is to look elsewhere for your next small SUV.
About the Ford EcoSport
Small SUVs have been extremely popular in the UK over the last few years, although we think you'd need to be a diehard Ford fan to choose the EcoSport over a wide range of talented small SUV rivals. Indeed, Ford's own Puma crossover is not much more expensive to buy than the EcoSport and offers a lot more bang for your buck.
The EcoSport arrived in the UK in 2014, and received a much needed facelift three years later to help keep up with the small SUV pack. However, despite the EcoSport being based on the Fiesta supermini, it really does struggle against the slew of more talented rivals available at a similar price. The Citroen C3 Aircross and Vauxhall Crossland are actually cheaper to buy, while the Peugeot 2008 is a capable crossover that offers plenty of style in a small package. Buyers also have the Renault Captur and Dacia Duster to consider and, as ever, the VW Group has its own contenders in the shape of the Volkswagen T-Cross, SEAT Arona and the Skoda Kamiq. Just to add to the myriad choices, the Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic are equally worth a look.
For 2018, Ford moved EcoSport production of the European EcoSport from India to Romania, and gave the car a number of changes to make it more appealing. The range now includes Titanium, ST-Line and the off-road inspired Active trim-level.
As mentioned above, the EcoSport shares running gear with the last-generation Fiesta, but while that car was fun to drive, the addition of raised suspension and a tall body hasn't translated into an enjoyable drive here - if you are looking for a decent steer from your small crossover, then the Ford Puma could be the right choice.
Power comes from a 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo petrol in 125PS or 140PS guises, with 123 or 138bhp respectively. A six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive is standard across the range.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingWith below-par practicality and uninspiring road manners, the Ford EcoSport can’t match the best small SUVs
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe EcoSport isn't Ford's finest moment, with a compromised ride and little dynamic polish
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsFuel economy and emissions for the Ford EcoSport are average at best, but at least insurance costs are reasonable
- 4Interior, design and technologyMuch of the interior design is taken from the Fiesta, with the EcoSport's overall quality now much improved
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe EcoSport isn't the roomiest choice - it's left trailing for rear passenger space and boot capacity
- 6Reliability and SafetyProven Ford mechanicals mean the EcoSport should be a reliable choice, but there could be more safety kit as standard