Better than you would think
January 3, 2019
A lot of car magazines and forums and what not are bagging on this car, but I’m giving an honest review. There are shortcomings, but there are a lot of things to like about this vehicle, as well. As a background, I owned a Fiesta hatchback that I loved. First thing that caught my eye about this car is that it just slightly longer than the Fiesta. This thing can fit in any space and moves around the city effortlessly. However, out of all the cars in this segment, this thing feels the most like an SUV. It’s competitors feel and look like cars. This car has a more rugged look and actually drives like an SUV while maintaining the practicality of a subcompact.
Power is an issue. Mine has the 1.0 Ecoboost, and while it’s a great engine, it’s just not enough power for this car. It’s not dangerous to drive or anything like that, but more power would elevate this car greatly. Along these lines, the fuel economy is not awful (I’m averaging 29 mpg), but with a 12 gallon tank, I’m filling this up very often (although the fillups are cheap.) It could use a bigger gas tank, but not sure where they would be able to put it.
The interior is pretty average for the class, but this does come with Ford’s amazing sync 3 infotainment system with apple car play. Mine also has the winter package, which is welcome in this climate. This is he SE version, and I got a good price, so I’m happy with the value. However, I couldn’t imagine paying close to $30K for the Titanium model. Stick with the lower trains.
I haven’t had any reliability issues. This engine has been around for a long time as has this car in other countries. One advantage that people may overlook is that because this car has been around, its reliability should theoretically be better than a.brand new model, but that remains to be seen.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase. It is a good upgrade over the Fiesta for me, but there are drawbacks. I would suggest not overlooking this if you’re in the market for a subcompact SUV. Go check it out. It gets a way worse rap than it deserves.