Motoring: Ford’s latest EcoSport model packs in a lot of car for your money - The Solihull Observer

Motoring: Ford’s latest EcoSport model packs in a lot of car for your money

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jan, 2021   0

Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost 125PS 6 Speed

The Ford EcoSport has been around for a while now. My friend owns one and is very happy with it, writes Tony Yates.

So are his wife and the whole family. Now, I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of its looks.

Do I think Ford could have done a better job?

Yes – basically. But hey, a car is a car.

Also, for most, the family car is a functional item for getting from A – B. All the same, the EcoSport is a vehicle that you can load up to the hilt with gear – and is ideal for all those camping trips away or carrying your mountain bike.

Joking aside, The Ford EcoSport is a pretty good all-round vehicle and many people will be very happy after purchase.

Also. there are some pretty good deals around for the Titanium version at the moment so shop around.

Power and Efficiency:

The EcoSport I had on test was powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine that has a 0-62 time of around 11.0 seconds and a top speed of 111mph.

Fuel consumption is also good, giving a combined figure of around 47 mpg. Being an EcoBoost engine, it has lots of get up and go.

So, firstly, how well does it get a move on? Well, basically, pretty good if I’m being honest and the engine is quite refined thanks to clever EcoBoost technology. Also, its torque band is not bad 170Nm (200Nm with overboost)

You also get a wonderful 6-speed gearbox that’s ‘smooth’ and slick.

You are never going to break The World Speed Record or take on anyone from the lights because the point of the EcoSport is to be functional and fun.

This is something it has by the bucket load.

On the road:

Into the corners, the chassis felt poised and tight, even when dealing with all the potholes and bumps on some of our worst roads where I live in Staffordshire.

(take note – Staffordshire County Council, please repair the large hole at the junction just at the end of my road – it’s only been there since September 2020)

Plus when the tarmac gets twisty, the EcoSport’s chassis firms up to give you maximum grip in and out of every corner. The steering also feels light, direct and is perfectly balanced with plenty of feedback on what the road beneath you is doing.

Also, doing 70mph on the motorway – its all silent and feels quiet and relaxed.

Ford has put in a lot of effort into making the cabin as quiet as it can be, and it shows.

Interior & Technology:

First off, in Titanium trim – the EcoSport is not lacking in technology or comfort. For a start, the seats are ‘well lush’ and the interior space is good for a large family. There is also plenty of space in the rear for adults and even people over 6ft can slip in easily.

On the inside; there’s also plenty of standard equipment, such as; 17” 10-spoke premium Shadow Silver machined alloy wheels, Automatic headlights, Power-foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, Silver-finish roof rails, Rain-sensing wipers, Partial Sensico seat trim, Centre console with armrest and openable stowage, Cruise control with Adjustable Speed Limiter, Ford SYNC 3 Navigation with 8” Touchscreen, DAB Radio, Emergency Assistance, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, USB connectivity, 7-speakers and FordPass Connect (Embedded Modem) 4.2” colour cluster display, Auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Rear View Camera with rear parking distance sensors, Electrically-operated front and rear windows with global opening/closing, Ambient lighting, Front door threshold plates with EcoSport logo and Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC)

Space inside the boot is also very good – easily managing to fit in all the family luggage.

Also, if you are looking to own the EcoSport to move stuff around – then it’s pretty good at doing that as well.

To sum up: I like the EcoSport because its practical for a family and its fun to drive. It also has bags of torque and plenty of space on the inside.

Price: from £21,095 excluding options as tested.

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