Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price

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Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price

Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price - The Ford EcoSport is one of the ballooning number of supermini-sized crossovers. More than its rivals, it’s designed to look properly off-roader-y, what with its black lower cladding, faux skid plates and huge grille. Be not deceived: in substance it’s the standard fare for the class, with front-drive only, and Fiesta-type mechanicals. Still, the high ground clearance and all-season tyres should get you up most tracks, and all that bash-plating will ward off urban carelessness. Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price.

A recent facelift is to thank for the improvement in interior quality, better handling (down to stiffer anti-roll bars and a 10mm suspension drop), and the fact the faux spare-wheel holder that was once stuck to the boot is now a £100 option rather than standard. Good, avoid it.

Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price.

Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price

Driving - Planning on taking a Ford EcoSport test drive? Opt for the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine. It’s a happy and effective little mechanism, doing its bit quietly. But compared with a Fiesta, the drag and weight take their toll on performance and economy. For the same reasons, don’t approach corners thinking the Ford EcoSport will drive like a Fiesta. The facelift is less rolly thanks to reworked suspension, but the EcoSport still isn’t a dynamic tour de force. Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price.

Still, the ride is well-controlled, and the whole structure has a reassuringly solid feel. Trouble is, we’re used to Fords setting the class benchmark in whatever class they compete. Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price.
Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price

On the inside - If the intended audience is outdoor and family types rather than keen drivers, Ford got many things right. It’s impressively roomy in here for a supermini-derived machine, and pretty versatile with it. Seats up, even adults will be OK sitting in the back. Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price.

Ford also makes a big play of the connected apps but in reality they’re a bit clunky to use and operate via a state-of-the-Ark mono screen. Most smartphones have voice control anyway now, so why not use that instead? The interior construction has been improved, with better fit and finish and a leather-covered steering wheel, but there is still room for improvement. Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price.
Ford EcoSport 2018 Redesign, Review, Specification, Price

Owning - The EcoSport looks good value. But some options are essential: for instance the only paint colour that isn’t extra is bright yellow. As to costs, depreciation is class-norm, which means it’ll drop about £1,000 less than a Fiesta over three years. But a Fiesta costs less to fuel and insure. Price between £14,845 – £17,940.

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