Questionable value for money
March 25, 2019
Slow with the 1.0L engine but this vehicle is sold world wide. In the US, I guess we just expect more power. Worldwide the Ecosport is sold most commonly with the 1.0L EcoBoost. Often, it is the desired engine choice to have. Most of the world raves for the 1.0L FWD combination.
It's ride is better than most reviews give. Go for the Titanium trim. Get the leather seats, NAV, heated seats, premium sound system. I drive high mileage. I wanted these features. Yes it's limited on safety options that getting to be standard or are least common place options. The SES sportier models has a stiffer ride. The Titanium has softer suspension smoothing some rough roads. Potholes still rattle through though.
The SYNC 3 is user friendly and by far best in class. Honda and Toyota could only dream of such a good system. I don't that credit goes to Ford, I'd say credit goes to Microsoft for designing the system.
Its not big, rear seat is tight. This vehicle isn't for hauling for adults. It's for a high mileage single commuter and cruising around with a spouse or significant other. Maybe for a budding family with kids still in car seats maybe it works for rear comfort. In my case also, maybe a great vehicle for a downsizing set of empty nesters. Seats are comfortable, higher trim offer lumbar support and 3 levels of heating and heated steering wheel.
The vehicle has more cargo area than the Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus hatchbacks. It does decent hauling tools or groceries, or some camping items.
Rear door is a swing gate. Ok with me. Honda and Toyota had it on older previous model vehicles. Ford does it, seems to be crime.
I live in a rural area. I honestly can't recall last time I even parallel parked a vehicle curb side. Let alone, loaded materials into while doing so. Only negative I see is if raining, a normal rear door hinged from top provides a roof over head from rain while loading or unloading items.
I drive high mileage, xxxx notice a theme. The Ecosport has been on sale in current form since 2012 overseas. It's proven. Transmission is no longer the dual-clutch disaster that plagued the Fiesta and Focus. Ford abandoned that. It's a normal 6speed auto like found on the Escape. The 1.0L engine has been in production since 2012 first appearing in 2013 model vehicles. Some issues did occur. Ford engineers have revamped a few things and hoses associated with those failures. World-wide nearly a million of these 1.0L 3 cylinder engines have been produced. Current annual production is about 200,000 units worldwide. It's proven, multi, international engine of the year awards. The 2.0L in the AWD models is borrowed from the Focus. It's practically unchanged in over a decade and somewhat old school not even offering any high tech stuff like direct injection or turbo charging.
Engine noise is noticeable. Cabin noise is too. Both are within normal expectations for it's class.
Even with the sluggish 1.0L engine the vehicle has usable towing capability. The top 2 rated SUV's in this class offer zero towing capability, Hyundai Kona and Honda HRV.
I like Ford's medium light stone interior. It's kinda a greyish/ beige color. Something other than coal bin black, or a drab grey color. Big reason why I bought and bought other Ford vehicles. I just hate black interiors. In the praised Honda HRV you can get grey interior instead of black. It's limited in availability and only available in 3 exterior color choices. I personally went with the shadow black exterior paired with the contrasting beige interior.
Then there is the AWD option. Key word, option. I live in Pennsylvania where 4wd seems to rule. I specifically went out of my way to track down a FWD Titanium trim version of the Ecosport. I drive high mileage. I wanted the FWD that yields marginal better fuel mileage. FWD, with added taxes, save upfront about $1600 over the AWD. Long term, less fuel to buy, less parts for long term maintenance. I sometimes drive enough miles I can wear a set of tires out in a year. It's just makes more sense to winterize a vehicle and purchase a set of dedicated winter tires when that time comes. Can only use one set of tires at a time. I like the fact that I can purchase a top trim Titanium Ecosport and not be forced to pay for AWD and not forced to feed it more fuel week to week hauling an AWD system around. In the deep South good look finding many small SUV's at all in AWD. Not everyone feels they need AWD.