Ford EcoSport: The Budget Soccer Mom Mobile

Ford’s press office dropped off the all-new EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost at our mother ship so we tricked resident “motoring” journalist Shawn into playing designated driver for a week. Here’s what he thinks of this machine. 

In marrow, the Ford EcoSport is the standard fare for the sub-SUV class. It’s a Ford Fiesta that’s taken a spin around the buffet table one too many times, to be exact. With front-drive only, and Fiesta-type mechanicals, the third generation EcoSport is a sleek city ride. Still, the high ground clearance and rain, shine, or snow wheels should get you up most scenic routes, and all that bash-plating will stave off urban carelessness.

A recent facelift spearheaded by Ford head designer Ehab Kaoud, is to thank for the improvement in interior quality, better handling (awarded to stiffer anti-roll bars and a drop in suspension), and the fact the faux spare-wheel holder that was once stuck to the boot is now an added extra – the thing makes parking a pain.

That’s all good and well but let’s get down to the biggest problem the EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost faces. As I’ve mentioned before, The Ecosport is a spacious version of the Fiesta – which is a great thing as the Fiesta is one epic feet of engineering for sure (especially the Ford Fiesta ST200) –  but having a 999cc engine drag around a 1.7 ton body is not going to work. As much as I want to praise this mini SUV I know that I can’t. Now with that said, you can get this thing fitted with a 1500cc engine which I am sure will make a world of difference. Other than the engine being too small to drag the rest of the car around town, the EcoSport is a great family car. There’s ample space, the Sync 3.0 sound system co-engineered with Sony is great, the steering wheel feels like butter on a hot bun, and the seats don’t hurt your bum when you hit the N3 towards Durban.

So, in conclusion, the only mistake Ford made was to send me the 1.0L version of the Ecosport. Don’t quote me on this but Ford has discontinued the use of the 1.0L engine in the EcoSport because of this very reason. I understand why they sent me this displacement size, though… it was to get me off the high of driving a Ford Fiesta ST200 for a week.

But let’s not let that get in the way. My opinion? Get the one with the bigger engine and you’ll be happy for a long time. I foresee the soccer moms of tomorrow driving this car today. It’s big but not huge, it’s elegant but not flamboyant, it’s spacious but you can’t park a jet ski on the back seat.

Tech Specs For Car Geeks

Length: 3999mm
Width: 1765mm
Height: 1708mm
Seating Capacity: 5-Person
Displacement: 999cc
Fuel Type: Petrol
Max Power: 124 bhp @ 6000 RPM
Max Torque: 170 Nm @ 1400 RPM
Mileage: (ARAI) 18.9kmpl Fuel credit card offersAd
Transmission Type: Manual
No. of gears: 5Gears
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Air Conditioner: Automatic Climate Control
Power Windows: Front & Rear
Central Locking: Remote
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Yes
Airbags: 2 (Driver & Co-Driver)
Seat Upholstery: Fabric
Front Tyres: 195 / 65 R15 View all tyres
Rear Tyres: 195 / 65 R15

By Shawn Greyling

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