The Ford EcoSport is the manufacturers first supermini-SUV to challenge the likes of the Peugeot 2008, Vauxhall Mokka and Nissan Juke, incorporating their EcoBoost engines to offer sporty, efficient performance.
Vehicle genres have bloomed in size and quantity over the last decade, with compact crossovers, superminis, city cars and SUV's all appearing from many manufacturers. It's no wonder then, that Ford introduce their EcoSport as a viable small SUV that benefits from prominent seating positions and a decent array of standard features.
Offering a sporty stance and several tweaks to the body styling that differ the UK models from others, the Ford EcoSport also benefits from a range of petrol and diesel engines, including the brilliant 1.0 Eco Boost engine that develops 125bhp and can offer a 0-62mph time of 12.7 secs with a top speed that will exceed 110mph.
Inside you will seat 5 comfortably, with boot space offering plenty of room for the golf clubs, family pet or the weeks shopping and with good ground clearance, even the most unkempt country tracks shouldn't cause an issue.
The rear door opens horizontally, which offers ease of use, especially for shorter drivers and with a great selection of standard features in the cabin, the Ford EcoSport, available to lease today, makes for a well handling, comfortable and robust supermini-SUV choice for you today.
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.