Although they may be a bit behind their competitors when it comes to the small crossover section of the market, Ford may have produced one of the best of its class car in form of the Ford Ecosport. Ford has been very carefully though with their marketing of this new model and has avoided the use of the word crossover, to distance it a little from the competition and Ford would rather refer to the Ecosport as an SUV.
This point is emphasised further with the fact that the Ecosport comes with a side-hinged tailgate for carrying the spare wheel so that the overall appearance of the car is of a very serious off-road vehicle. The only disappointing thing to mention is that the UK edition of the car will not feature 4 wheel drive, compared to in Europe where it will be offered as a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The UK model instead will be front wheel drive, but does come in the choice of 2 petrol models and a turbo-diesel engine model.
The petrol version features the 1 litre EcoBoost that is capable of 123 bhp and can reach 62 mph in 12.7 seconds, producing CO2 emissions of 125 g/km and fuel economy of 53.3 mpg. The 1.5 petrol engine edition of the car is capable of 111 bhp and is the only EcoSport model that comes with an automatic transmission – Ford’s own Powershift dual clutch gearbox. The economy and emission value of both this and the manual 5 speed variety is the same at 44.8 mpg and 149 g/km.
The turbo-diesel variety may interest you if you are not interested in having a very powerful car and want to cut down on the level of emissions produced by your driving and wish to save money on the cost of fuel. The TDCi 1.5 litre turbo-diesel engine only provides 90 bhp, but because of this only produces 120 g/km of CO2 emissions and 61.4 mpg making it much more economical.
As standard all the models in the EcoSport range are available in the Titanium rim and feature split and fold rea seats, 4 electric windows and air conditioning.