Review Ford Ecosport 1.0 Ecoboost 125 Zetec 2018

Can the updated Ford Ecosport improve its reputation and become a small selection SUV, or is this another misguided venture from the Blue Oval From ?

This is the latest version of the troubled Ecosport of Ford, a compact SUV that was given a rather rough time when it was first reviewed by us in 2013.

We've sampled the 2018 model in Portugal, but now we put it under a microscope at home for the first time.

Ford will certainly hope to see Ecosport's increasing popularity. Sales of SUVs in Europe continue to rise, and manufacturers predict that one out of every three new cars sold in 2020 will come from this segment, with compact models accounting for a significant portion of that amount.

Competitor companies are also not lazy when launching their own competitors, which only makes the work of Ecosport increasingly tight.

Ford is keen to show that the revised Ecosport has 2300 new parts, although the basic layout remains largely the same.

For the suspension, that means an independent MacPherson stringer up front with a torsion beam on the back. However, Ford said that it has now been looking forward to the Ecosport chassis in particular with European riders in mind.

Unique machine doubling is also present. Kicking things off is a 1.0 liter Ecoboost gasoline, which is available in both 123bhp and 138bhp pseudonyms, while the TDCI 98bhp 1.5 liter is the only diesel offer. The 1.5-liter 1.5-wheel-drive Ecoblue diesel model will join the mid-year range.

However, the most striking change is the revised exterior. Where the original Ecosport looks too cute and cartoonish, this new model looks much more purposeful. The trapezoid grille has been enlarged, while the corner foglight house helps complete the three-quarter front profile which Ford claims is inspired by the backpack strap. This should indicate an Ecosport adventurous character. Make it what you will do.

The gasoline variant, specifically the 123bhp Ecoboost, will make the most of Ecosport's sales in the UK, so that's what we're driving here.

Our test car is in Zetec entry level trim, which will set you back from £ 17,495 and includes standard features like a 16-inch alloy, 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Although we do not have too many complaints because as far as equipment is concerned, the same can not be said about how to drive Ecosport - European tuning and so on.

Now, Ford can make a good car - just look at the great new Fiesta - but the Ecosport apple seems to have fallen far short of the proverbial tree.

There is no real environment where this car really feels in its element. Around the city, the journey was tight - even on our 16-inch alloy test car - while on a faster country road, there was a worrying worry that meant you would never feel confident in the dynamic ability of the car.

The uneven surface that is so prevalent in the UK only serves to make Ecosport even more disturbed, while undulations create a real vertical movement. Sudden directional changes expose large numbers of lateral rolls and cause Ecosport to feel very heavy.

The body roll is slightly in demand by the sport suspension mounted on the ST-Line model, but this has the nasty effect of making the car feel more nervous because of its pockmarked road. Ecosport is not at all dangerous in its settings, but in addition to its rival like Seat Arona, he feels like dynamic.

On the highway, Ecosport settles away. The only real complaint here is a lot of wind noise around the mirror door. It's drowned out by road noise if you use the ST-Line model with an optional 18in alloy.

Ecosport is not without its benefits. Steering, for example, is consistent and well-weighted, while the pedals are plausible and easy to operate. Adult passengers will not feel uncomfortable while sitting in the back, with decent head and leg space.

The Ford Ecoboost engine is also impressive. We sampled the 123bhp and 138bhp variants, and both felt unprepared to make Ecosport go fast.

And the six-speed manual gearbox, although a bit long in the throw, feels direct and directed in the action.

Should I buy it?

Ecosport remains a car that is hard to recommend. Sure, it's relatively spacious and well equipped, but so is Volkswagen Polo, which not only costs more than £ 1500 less for a like-to-like base but also offers a much better boost - if a little less power.

If you really like the idea of ​​a compact SUV, the Seat's main class IDE is a go-to model right now, because of its compact journey and a more attractive look. And even if you really insist you want a small Ford high riding, it might be worth waiting for the upcoming Fiesta Active later this year.

Simon Davis

Ford Ecosport 1.0 Ecoboost 125 Zetec

Where London For Sale Now Price £ 17,495 Engine 3cyls, 999cc, petrol turbocharged Power 123bhp at 6000rpm Torque 125lb ft at 1400-4500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerbweight 1280kg High speed 111mph 0-62mph 12.7sec Fuel economy 54.3mpg Rating CO2 119g / km Rivals Seat Arona, Renault Captur, Kia Stonic, Citroën C3 Aircross

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