I have purchased Ford Ecosport on July 2016 and drove 2600 kms till now. Longest drive in a day is 350 kms with top speed of 160 kmph (average speed is 70 kmph) with two halts of 10 mins each.I always enjoyed the drive. This is my third car and had a great and lovely experience when i drove this one.
Exterior-Very much satisfied.The exterior looks very sporty and compact, especially when we watch it on the roads. The design and the finish qualty is excellent and can easily match with the other cars in this segment.
Interior- (Features, Space & Comfort) Interiors have good quality plastics,dash board appeared to me long and it gives a sporty feelings. Average fuel consumption,outside temperature,push button start and other such features gives comfort. All these features available in the top model i.e,Titanium .Leather Seats are very attractive and comfortable because of their quality material. Only demerit is that they have not upgraded the infotainment system. I think ford must upgrade the infotainment system to touch panel & parking camera assist feature to new model asap.
Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox -What surprised me is its sporty nature. Engine pickup and performance as such is excellent with a very smooth pick up and ride through the worst of roads. You don't feel the bumps that you normally might feel with other cars as the shock controls are able to absorb the bumps very well. This compact SUV brakes are razor sharp, just like that of a high end SUV brakes !! When I slowed down in the traffic, it picks up without knocking or any drama even in 3rd gear. Only in 4th gear when I tried the same trick it started knocking. It has a commanding view, you feel like you are seated high compared to any sedan,hatch back etc. Recommended to drive at medium speeds in the first few weeks (60 to 80km/h) so as to have the best possible mileage. There was no wobble, which means no body roll. That is real good for long journeys because it means you would not get tired.
Ride Quality & Handling- Its handling is very good & the real test was on a national highway which I did. I covered the journey from Bokaro steel city to Patna in 5hrs & 30 min & not getting tired. Its running is very smooth & being able to absorb the bumps very well. You feel very safe and secure inside the car. The 6 airbags in the Titanium plus variant adds to the safety factor.
Final Words- You can buy to use it for long journeys or for city driving, may be works better because of its really stiff suspension. Very comfortable for the front and the back rows with a great pick up and ensures that the ride is very smooth and safe.
Areas of improvement-The interior design can be improved to touch infotainment system. Head light intensity to be made high or better switch to projector lamps.Parking camera assist & navigation features to be introduced.
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