Ford known for its build quality and drivability, launched the EcoSport in India to tackle some of the trickiest road conditions in the country.
A car manufacturer will tell how hard Indian customer are with the kind of demand for the price they pay for an automobile.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the Ford EcoSport. Let us take a look at some of the not so good aspects of the compact SUV.
Disadvantages of Ford EcoSport
With the sub-four meter vehicles enjoying benefits of lower excise duty, every car manufacturer wants to have a pie in the segment.
Renault was the first to plunge into the segment and launched the Duster. While the Duster is a well-proportioned SUV on a monocoque chassis, the Ford EcoSport has shortcomings in terms of exterior design.
The EcoSport cannot boast of the road presence and hence falls short when compared to other compact SUVs, opinions might differ on this aspect.
Ford offers its award-winning EcoBoost engine on the petrol and the SUV is quick and performance oriented. However, the diesel variant suffers a powerful engine.
As for the view from the driver seat, the A-pillar is slightly thick which could hamper the view. The seating at the rear is comfortable for two, three passengers might have to squeeze to fit in, however, the legroom is appreciable.
The Titanium (O) variant which comes with six airbags misses out the grab handles, which can be a challenge in Indian road condition.
With the boot space at 362 litres which is the smallest in its segment, it might be a bother for some.
Advantages of Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport comes out in flying colours with its solid construction. The American company known for building solid vehicles has not compromised on the EcoSport even though it is a sub-four-meter compact SUV.
Since, the EcoSport is built for city conditions which throw potholes, high-speed breakers, narrow lanes, etc., the EcoSport is fun to drive with its applaudable ergonomics, the driving position, and the manoeuvrability.
When it comes to Safety, the top variant of the EcoSport comes with six airbags, ABS and EBD, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Hill Hold and Emergency assistance phone, Emergency brake warning, etc. All of this is not seen in other compact SUV in India.
The features of keyless entry, SYNC, cooled glovebox, leather seats, and parking display is some of the highlights of the EcoSport from Ford.
Also, the interiors are smart with a good amount of storage spaces and practical features like the side 12V charging port for the rear passenger. The seating for four is very comfortable.
The Ford EcoSport being a sub-compact SUV and looks more of a crossover, it surprisingly behaves and handles like an SUV.
Specifications of Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport comes with the choice of three engines, 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine which punches out 123bhp of power and 170Nm of peak torque, which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine develops 110bhp and 140Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic gearbox.
As for the diesel engine, it comes with 1.5-litre producing 99bhp and 205Nm of torque mated to 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Ford EcoSport is a sturdy and solid built compact SUV loaded with features and safety. Except for some negligible issues, the SUV comes out in flying colours.
Maruti has recently launched the Vitara Brezza in the same segment and has received tremendous bookings. This was due to the pricing factor even though it lacked the features filled EcoSport.
Ford will be bringing in the 2017 EcoSport soon and they will have to price it competitively to stay significant in the market.