Ford EcoSport (2013-2017) Performance

RRP from
£15,055
MPG
44.8 - 64.2
0-60 mph in
11.8 - 14.1 secs
First year road tax
£165 - £205

If there’s one company that you can rely on to make even a dreary car drive well, it’s Ford. But the EcoSport proves that everyone has an off day.

The steering and damping are up to grade at least, but it lollops around at pace. Okay, so the 4×4 body style might not encourage you to throw the EcoSport around as much as you would a Fiesta, but Ford has managed to retain the sporty road car feel in the much larger Kuga.

It’s reasonably comfortable at cruise, but the suspension can get quite fidgety on more horrible surfaces at low speeds. In all fairness, this doesn’t mark it out as particularly unique amongst similarly lacklustre competition, but it’s a Ford and it shouldn’t be like this.

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Performance and Economy

Three engines appear in the EcoSport, two of which are very familiar – Ford’s four-cylinder 1.5 TDCi ‘Duratorq’ diesel in 90hp specification and the 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder, with 123hp. Making up the range is a 1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder with 110hp.

The diesel is the better unit with a little more low-revs response and better real-world economy, but others reckon it’s a raucous unit with poor performance. The 14 seconds it takes to get to 62mph speak for themselves.

A lot can be done to improve the way the EcoSport drives

Mat Watson
carwow expert

On the road the EcoBoost EcoSport feels lively but its performance and economy is blunted by the crossover’s bluff profile and higher weight – 300 kilos more than the equivalent Fiesta. The conventional petrol sits between the other two for performance, but fuel economy is well down. It’s the only engine available with an automatic gearbox, if you need to specify one. Ordinarily there’s little wrong with either engine, though neither really shines in this distinctly average crossover.

Available in the range-topping Titanium S, the 138hp version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is borrowed from the Fiesta. Despite the ‘sport’ in its name, a 0-62mph time of 11.8 seconds means that there’s nothing sporty about the driving experience – some large people carriers will be faster. And, with a combined fuel economy figure of 52mpg, it’s not the cheapest to run in class, either. For comparison the Peugeot 2008 with a 130hp petrol engine, returning 58mpg, is marginally better on fuel.

Comfort and Handling

The steering and damping are up to grade at least, but it lollops around at pace. Okay, so the 4×4 body style might not encourage you to throw the EcoSport around as much as you would a Fiesta, but Ford has managed to retain the sporty road car feel in the much larger Kuga.

It’s reasonably comfortable at cruise, but the suspension can get quite fidgety on more horrible surfaces at low speeds. In all fairness, this doesn’t mark it out as particularly unique amongst similarly lacklustre competition, but it’s a Ford and it shouldn’t be like this.