Ford EcoSport review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Fuel economy and emissions for the Ford EcoSport are average at best, but at least insurance costs are reasonable
The EcoSport range no longer includes a diesel-engined version, but as most buyers will drive their cars on urban roads, the entry 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine looks a reasonably strong choice. Paired with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, both the 123bhp and 138bhp versions manage a claimed 45.6mpg fuel economy under WLTP tests, with emissions of 141g/km and 142g/km respectively.
But in order to get close to the official economy figures, you have to drive the Ford EcoSport incredibly conservatively. Press on and you’ll see your fuel returns plummet, with some owners reporting figures as low as 35mpg.
Even if the engines don’t quite deliver on their promise, the EcoSport shouldn’t bring steep annual insurance premiums. The 123bhp 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium and ST-Line are in group 12, while the 138bhp ST-Line sits in group 14. Splitting the two is the off-road inspired Active version in group 13.
Our experts predict that the Ford EcoSport will retain around 45 to 49 per cent of its new value over the course of three years and 36,000 miles of ownership. That's a reasonable performance, although the Skoda Kamiq manages an average of 54 per cent over the same three-year period.
In this review
- 1Ford EcoSport reviewWith 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 Costs - currently readingFuel 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