The side exterior of a blue Ford Ecosport

Ford EcoSport review

A supermini-sized car with a bit more space, the Ford Ecosport has a good driving position offering clear visibility of the road. It also features a huge boot, a roomy interior and plenty of equipment.

Pros

  • High driving position provides an SUV feeling
  • Good level of equipment, especially on latest models
  • Plenty of space

Cons

  • A side opening boot which feels heavy
  • Narrow back seats mean less space for adults
  • Older models are starting to look dated

Summary

“The EcoSport offers excellent value and a decent level of equipment.”

With a chunky design and an SUV feel, the Ford EcoSport is pretty eye-catching. It’s a family car with compact dimensions and a high-riding driving position, so it copes well with city driving and parking.  

Combining a great interior design with a good infotainment system and decent boot space, the EcoSport is a good urban crossover choice. 

There are engines to suit everyone, including some frugal EcoBoost petrols which are the pick of the bunch.  

It was updated in 2018 where it received a bolder look and an upgraded interior, with better infotainment, greater quality materials and updated engines.

Fascia shot of the Ford Ecosport

What’s the interior like?

“Inside, the EcoSport has great style and equipment.”

The EcoSport has a well laid out dashboard. The infotainment controls sit high on the centre console, which means you can keep your eyes on the road. Some models have Ford’s Sync infotainment system which can be operated by voice. 

There are some hard plastics, but they’ve been disguised well and the controls are all easy to use. 

The driving position is high, but it feels even higher because the interior is quite narrow. It can feel a bit tight if you try to fit three adults in the back seats.  

Things improved in 2018 when the Fiesta received an updated interior adding a much cleaner, less cluttered feel. There’s a large touchscreen for the latest Sync 3 infotainment which also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Boot space is 356 litres which is enough space for a couple of large suitcases. The boot floor can be adjusted for increasing the height and even more space. 

There’s also an externally mounted spare wheel that looks good, but it makes the door heavy and can make opening it while holding the shopping tricky.

The interior of a Ford Ecosport with steering wheel and dashboard in shot

What’s it like to drive?

“A great drive around town with a high driving position.”

The Ecosport rides nicely along smooth urban streets, A-roads and motorways. 

The three EcoBoost petrol engines are much quieter than the diesels. They also give a slightly smoother ride.

The manual gearboxes are the best option because the automatic transmissions can lead to higher fuel consumption. However, it depends if you’d prefer the automatic for its ease of use.

The diesel engine offers more power and is available with all-wheel drive for additional grip in winter or when driving down dirt tracks.

The exterior of a blue Ford Ecosport

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“It’s cheaper than some rivals with lower insurance costs and efficient engines.”

You’re likely to pay slightly less for the EcoSport than you would for an equivalent Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur. Diesel models are cheaper than the petrol versions. With up to 64 mpg, the EcoSport diesel isn’t too bad when it comes to fuel efficiency. 

Insurance costs are fairly low for the EcoSport. Road tax costs are all similar to its rivals and servicing and parts are relatively cheap.

Front seat shot of the Ford Ecosport

How reliable and safe is it?

“Typically good Ford reliability but safety wasn’t so good on the original.”

Like other Ford models, the EcoSport has a good reputation for reliability. If anything does go wrong, it’s usually easy and affordable to get fixed.

The original EcoSport received a four-star Euro NCAP crash test rating even though it has airbags and a traction control system. The latest 2018 version has much more safety equipment built into it so it’s worth the investment if your budget allows it.

Engine shot of the Ford Ecosport

Which one is best for you?

Best for economy - 1.5 TDCI Zetec

Best for family - 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium

Best for fun - 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line

Even the entry-level Zetec models are well equipped with infotainment touchscreen and DAB radio. The Titanium spec is also very popular. 

Diesel models are cheaper and will give you the best fuel consumption, but go for one of the petrol-powered models for their quieter drive and better resale value. The petrols are also more popular with new buyers so there will be more to choose from when buying used.

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