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Ford EcoSport review - Interior, design and technology

Much of the interior design is taken from the Fiesta, with the EcoSport's overall quality now much improved

Overall Auto Express Rating

2.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£23,435 to £25,285
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Since the major revisions at the start of 2018, the EcoSport has shared its basic interior layout with the latest Ford Fiesta, and the extensively redesigned cabin is the most impressive aspect of the SUV. Most of the switchgear on show is plucked straight from the Fiesta, with a similar tablet-style infotainment screen perched on top of the centre console. Just as in the firm’s big-selling supermini, it’s extremely slick to use, while the screen resolution is bright and sharp.  

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Alongside a new, clearer instrument panel are some decent interior plastics, which make the EcoSport's cabin a much nicer place to sit than in the previous model. It leaves you with a general feeling that the EcoSport is edging closer to the likes of the SEAT Arona, Kia Stonic and Peugeot 2008, but the facelift cannot work miracles, and many of the rivals have much more of an upmarket, plush feel than the Ford.

Standard equipment is pretty generous with the entry Titanium trim including 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The ST-Line cars add sports suspension, a styling kit and upgraded upholstery, while the Active versions feature chunky black exterior trim to help give more of an off-roader look.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

For the 2018 update, Ford upgraded the tech to include the SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, available now in 8-inch size across the range. It comes complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a DAB radio. The £650 X-Pack includes, among other luxuries, a ten-speaker B&O audio system.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost 125 Zetec 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,250

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost Zetec 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,400

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost 140 ST-Line [X Pack] 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £24,975
Executive editor

Paul was employed across automotive agency and manufacturer-side sectors before joining Auto Express in 2020 as our online reviews editor. After a brief sojourn at a national UK newspaper, Paul returned as executive editor where he now works closely with our commercial partners.

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