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Review: Ford EcoSport

I haven't gone out with a pen and paper, but even with my small social circle, I can tell you a lot of people have been delaying their car purchase just till the Ford EcoSport comes along. And I finally got to trundle along in the car in Goa's lazy and thick traffic.First impressions? It is dynamically sound on the road and a way better handler than the Safari or the Scorpio. It rides well too. But it doesn't have that driver involvement you expect from a Ford. The electric steering is a bit too light and there is some roll around corners. The all-new 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the highlight of this Ford. And it puts out 123bhp, which is more than healthy for such a tiny engine. But you can access that power only with some heavy downshifting and with the engine spinning above 2000rpm. However, at slow city speeds and in stop and go traffic, this turbo-charged engine is quite driveable.Apart from the much spoken about EcoBoost engine, this compact SUV is also available with two other engine options ? 1.5-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol. The oil burner puts out 90bhp and 204Nm of torque while the bigger petrol is good for 110bhp and 140Nm of pulling power. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox while an automatic tranny will also be on offer on the 1.5 petrol.The dashboard design is similar to that of the Fiesta (the newer one, not the Classic) and if you?re talking about features, be rest assured that you have pretty much everything that you?d desire. In terms of safety, you get six airbags and ABS. Space in the cabin is adequate for four and five will be a squeeze.There?s also a SYNC system that pairs your phone to the car but we haven't been able to try it out nor ? thankfully ? the 'Emergency Assist' (that automatically connects your phone to the emergency number 108 with no third party call centre. The car provides latitude and longitude of the location and then opens the line for you to talk to 108), which gets activated with a crash. Overall, the EcoSport is a neat package.Pricing hasn't been announced, but since all the EcoSport engines are under 1.5-litres and the car is under 4 metres, it wont be affected by the SUV excise announced in the last budget and so, we expect it to be cheaper than the Duster as it is a smaller car. We just wish it had some part of the old Fiesta's soul in it. As long as Ford doesn't price it above its worth, the EcoSport is worth the wait if you want a one-car-for-all-purposes vehicle that is compact and easy on the pocket.Pros: Ride quality, engine noise above 4000rpm, features, 6 airbags, compact. Versatile cabinCons: Soft steering, roll around corners, turbo lag under 2000rpm, rear seat space.The verdictThe Ecosport is a smartly packaged car. Its not a driver's delight like a typical Ford, but if priced right, this could eat into a whole lot of other segments and be the best all round urban car.

By zain hussain
On: Dec 26, 2016 | 43 Views
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  • Very Good Purchase

    I bought Ecosport Titanium plus diesel and I am very satisfied with the performance and the mileage I get.

    By sanjay nikam
    On: Jan 01, 2021 | 15 Views
  • Daddy Of All The Compact SUVs

    EcoSport was the car that inspired other manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Tata, Kia, Nissan and it kick-started the Sub4 metre SUV aka Compact SUV segmen...Read More

    By nikhil sandhu
    On: Dec 26, 2020 | 1620 Views
  • Feeling Elite full.

    It's not just value for money, but also a great experience of the drive with safety, mileage, SUV feel, style, utility features, and Joy. Actually, before few months I bo...Read More

    By hardik
    On: Dec 20, 2020 | 2841 Views
  • Own It To Know It.

    The EcoBoost engine is extremely peppy and responsive from being sporty to idle ride it suits all. I just love the car.

    By ariful haque
    On: Dec 19, 2020 | 98 Views
  • Great Driving Experience.

    Very nice vehicle. The vehicle provides the best driving experience and fuel consumption is also great. The car also provides a fabulous suspension.

    By abhishek
    On: Dec 10, 2020 | 95 Views
  • Best SUV In This Price Range.

    Good car. Love it. Ample spacing and the great wheel turn. Runs well on maximum torque too. The only issue I find is with the inbuilt stereo system. Bluetooth doesn't see...Read More

    By vishal tyagi
    On: Dec 09, 2020 | 1525 Views
  • Old With New Gold.

    After using one year of ford Ecosport s top variant. I have only one word Old with new gold because ford updated every function with the time and now it doesn't feel like...Read More

    By nishant kolapkar
    On: Dec 08, 2020 | 1719 Views
  • Excellent performance.

    Ford Ecosport 1.5d titanium gives an excellent performance, best in class.

    By pinkesh
    On: Nov 26, 2020 | 94 Views
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