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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 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine looks a reasonably strong choice. Paired with standard six-speed manual gearbox, it claims up to 47.9mpg fuel economy under WLTP tests, with emissions of 135g/km. 

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.

Ford claims the 138bhp version of this engine returns 47.1mpg, while the lowest quoted CO2 emissions figure is 136g/km.

Insurance groups

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.

Depreciation

Our experts predict that the Ford EcoSport will retain around 45 per cent of its new value over the course of three years and 36,000 miles of ownership. That’s about average for the small crossover class. 

Which Is Best

Cheapest

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

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,900

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 EcoBoost 140 ST-Line 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,750

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