Compromises have been made with its approach but if you’re city-bound but adventurous at heart, there’ll be plenty to like here.
The news that this car is based on a Ford Fiesta should certainly set you off in a positive frame of mind when it comes to the drive on offer.
I should probably finish by talking about off road capability – but then again, perhaps on second thoughts, maybe not: that might just encourage people to go places with this car that possibly they shouldn't.
The EcoSport is a real global effort, designed in Brazil, with the version in our showrooms built and originally launched in India. It leans heavily on Ford's so-called Kinetic2 design language, with its large trapezoidal grille, smeared back headlights, short overhangs and an interesting blend of sharp angles and more organic curves that try to soften a front end sheerer than the North Face of the Eiger.
As with most designs of this kind, it’s very sensitive to colour and trim choice, so if you’re a potential user, I’d spend a bit of time on that if I were you.
If, having considered all of this, you’re tempted towards this car, then you’ll be wanting to know exactly what’s included as standard across the range.
Rather annoyingly, if you order this car in any colour other than Bright Yellow, you’ll have to pay extra for it – and around £500 extra if the hue in question is metallic, as here, as nearly all the colour choices are.
If Ford had brought us this car, or something like it, ten years ago when it could have done, you can’t help thinking that today, our roads would be flooded with the things. As it is, the EcoSport is a late arrival to an already over-subscribed small Crossover market sector that’s bursting with alternative talent. Still, a fashionably tardy arrival at any party can always work to your advantage and in developing this model, the Blue Oval brand has clearly studied the segment’s existing offerings and sought to provide something a little different.