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  • Launched in 2014
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2014
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Mini SUV with major flaws

Best bits

  • Perky 1.0-litre petrol engine
  • Chunky SUV styling 
  • Nicely equipped as standard

Not so great

  • Bumpy low speed ride
  • Not as practical as its rivals 
  • Hesitant automatic gearbox

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Overall verdict on the Ford EcoSport

"How quickly things change. Where once every family in the UK had space on the drive for a Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra, Vauxhall Corsa or Renault Clio, these cars are now being replaced by their SUV offspring."

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Names like Mokka, Captur, and Juke have shot up the best-seller lists in recent years, and the EcoSport is Ford's attempt to join them in this rapidly growing niche. A compact five-door SUV based on the previous Ford Fiesta, this car is designed to marry the keen affordability of a supermini with the looks and versatility of a bigger car.


When it was introduced in 2014, it was built in Brazil and India and felt out of its depth in a European setting. Wheezy, inefficient engines, a low-rent cabin, impractical rear door and poor road manners helping consign it to the bottom of the crossover heap. A major overhaul in 2018 righted some of the wrongs, with fresh styling borrowed from Ford's larger SUVs the Ford Kuga and Ford Edge, a vastly improved interior, and better quality control.


The cabin of the current car feels relatively upmarket, with pleasant materials backed up by excellent levels of standard kit; including Ford's intuitive SYNC infotainment system pinched from the Fiesta. Even the base Zetec versions have received a gradual equipment boost, with important safety and comfort features added.


There were new engines too, with the breathless 1.5-litre petrol replaced by a 1.0-litre turbo available with either 100, 125 or 140PS depending on the trim level you choose. On the diesel side, the old and incredibly slow 90PS 1.5-litre engine was swapped out for a new 'EcoBlue' unit of the same size with 100PS or 125PS.


The former is the most efficient version of the EcoSport, but not especially refined compared to its rivals, and still too weedy to shift this car's bulk with conviction. Most people will prefer the 125PS 1.0-litre petrol but this engine also requires coaxing by the driver - and its economy suffers as a result - expect to get about 35mpg.


The top-spec diesel is expensive, but briefly enjoyed the title of being the only model with four-wheel drive.  Now every EcoSport is front-wheel drive, so if you want to head off-road, get a Dacia Duster or Suzuki Jimny.


Unfortunately, many of the early car's weaknesses remain intact. Out on the road, its lack of refinement, very poor ride - which somehow manages to be too stiff but also wallowy - make it wearing to drive long distance.


You might be forgiven for thinking that its enhanced practicality would be worth the comprise in comfort, a bit like a tiny Land Rover Defender. Sadly, that's simply not the case. The awkward rear door makes accessing its boot a challenge in tight parking spaces, and once you are inside it has less luggage space than its rivals.


Where once there was a place for the EcoSport in the Ford range as a stop-gap to snap up buyers hungry for anything with a raised driving position, the presence of the vastly superior Puma now renders it obsolete. 


Yes, this car is marginally cheaper, but the chasm between their dynamic ability, refinement and on-board technology make it worth your while to find the extra cash to bridge the gap. We promise you won't regret it.

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Ford Ecosport

1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium 5dr

  • 2018
  • 25,187 miles
  • CARZ Dundee
  • Angus, DD23QN
Price:£11,850
PCP: £185.98/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £185.98, Customer Deposit: £1,777.00, Total Deposit: £1,777.50, Optional Final Payment: £5,846.99, Total Charge For Credit: £2,283.79, Total Amount Payable: £14,133.79, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.74ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Ford Ecosport

1.5 EcoBlue 125 Titanium 5dr AWD

  • 2019
  • 4,483 miles
  • Foray Motor Group Ford Yeovil
  • Somerset, BA228XG
Price (ex VAT):£16,000
HP: £432.76/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £432.76, Customer Deposit: £2,400.00, Total Deposit: £2,400.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,980.36, Total Amount Payable: £17,980.36, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.72%

Is the Ford EcoSport right for you?

The EcoSport is Ford's smallest SUV. It's pitched at buyers who would otherwise be looking at a supermini such as the Fiesta, but want the chunky looks, high driving position and (theoretical) practicality of a 4x4.


This is no mud-plugging off-roader though. While it used to be offered with four-wheel drive (but only on the most expensive diesel) and an automatic gearbox, every current EcoSport is a two-wheel drive manual car. 


That means if you don't want to change gears by yourself (and plenty of urban drivers don't) or live far out in the countryside and need genuine utility during the winter, there are better alternatives at this size and price.


Speaking of price, in the lower trims the EcoSport is very affordable. It'll suit people who don't want to fork out too much on a family car. Once again though, if running costs are a factor, then rival SUVs are cheaper.

What’s the best Ford EcoSport model/engine to choose?

Ford restricts the available engines in the EcoSport by trim level. That means picking the right version for you is very important since the entry-level petrol and diesel engines are both really sluggish and underpowered.


That effectively rules out the affordable Zetec model, leaving you with the choice of Titanium or ST-Line. The former is the where we'd put out money. It's available with the 125PS version of the 1.0-litre petrol, so has just enough get-up-and-go to keep up with bigger traffic; it's also smoother and more refined than the diesel.


Titanium models have all the equipment you could want. Sat-nav, full smartphone compatibility for Apple and Android phones, parking sensors, reversing camera, auto lights and wipers and keyless start, to name a few.


The ST-Line has some nice interior upgrades and comes with the punchier 140PS engine, however it's simply too expensive to recommend. Its sports suspension setup also makes the EcoSport's poor ride worse.

What other cars are similar to the Ford EcoSport?

The incredible popularity of small SUVs like the EcoSport means that if you're looking for this type of car you'll be spoilt for choice. Almost every brand produces its own version of a chunky, tall-bodied, urban crossover. 


Buyers looking for a budget SUV with the option of four-wheel drive will be better off with the cheap and cheerful Dacia Duster. It's more practical than the Ford (and a little more basic inside) but far better value. 


For a comparable price, you could get a SEAT Arona, Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur. The French duo is stylish, and feel really plush on the inside too, while the Peugeot is also available with pure electric power.


If comfort and practicality are of paramount importance (If you're a family buyer - why wouldn't they be?) the Citroen C3 Aircross has a much bigger boot than the Ford, and soft, supple suspension that's great in town.


Finally - if it simply has to be a Ford - then the newer Ford Puma is a more accomplished SUV in every respect.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Ford EcoSport a 4x4?

Only the most powerful diesel version comes fitted with four-wheel drive, and this engine is also only offered in either Titanium or ST-Line trim, paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Dan Powell

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Will the Ford EcoSport be good in the snow?

Unless you buy the four-wheel drive model, the EcoSport will be just as capable (or not) as any other car, since it’s ground clearance and ride height don’t help with slippery conditions. Rivals like the Fiat Panda 4x4 have mud and snow tyres as standard, but the Ford doesn’t.

Andy Brady

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Can I buy the EcoSport with an automatic gearbox?

A six-speed automatic version is available, but it’s an option limited to the top two trims, and just a single engine choice: The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with 123bhp and front-wheel drive.

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How big is the boot in the EcoSport?

Luggage space in the EcoSport isn’t great, with 335 litres of storage with the rear seats in place. The biggest issue however is accessing that space, since the door is hinged on the side (making it hard to open in tight parking spaces) and you can’t open the rear window.

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