Ford EcoSport review - Reliability and safety
Proven Ford mechanicals mean the EcoSport should be a reliable choice, but there could be more safety kit as standard
While the low-grade feel in the cabin might have you worried about the long-term durability of the EcoSport, there should be no questioning the mechanical components.
Ford has been using the EcoBoost petrol engine for a few years across a number of models in its range, and no major issues have been reported in that time. The same is true of the six-speed manual gearbox.
Reliability is an area where the car’s Brazilian origins should help: the EcoSport was designed from the outset to be rugged and stand up to use on poor-quality South American roads, and developed to be easy to fix if anything does break.
There aren’t yet enough examples in circulation in the UK for the car to have featured in our annual Driver Power satisfaction survey, but we’d be surprised if any major issues arise. Ford as a manufacturer ranked 24th out of the 30 brands that featured in the 2020 poll.
On the safety front, it’s a case of not bad, but could do better, with the EcoSport awarded a four-star crash test rating by Euro NCAP . Its adult protection score is quite good, at 93 per cent, but a score of 77 per cent for child occupant protection is not great for a family car, and a 55 per cent score in the safety assist category of the test shows just how much safety kit is either left on the options list or simply not available at all.
The Driver Assistance Pack is available for an extra £600 and includes a Driver Impairment Monitor (Driver Alert), Blind Spot Monitoring (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, Front Parking Sensors and a Auto High Beam function.
Ford supplies the EcoSport with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, and the package includes a year’s paint defect cover and a 12-year anti-perforation guarantee.
As with many rivals, the company also allows buyers to extend the standard warranty: it can be boosted to four years and 80,000 miles, or five years and 100,000 miles for a one-off payment.
It’s recommended that the EcoSport is serviced every 12,500 miles or once a year, and Ford offers the option of a three-year fixed-price maintenance package. Buyers who choose this also benefit from an extension to the one-year roadside recovery and assistance package that comes as standard with the car.
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 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, and the overall quality is 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 Safety - currently readingProven Ford mechanicals mean the EcoSport should be a reliable choice, but there could be more safety kit as standard