Ford has announced the latest raft of updates to be applied to its EcoSport mini crossover. So far, it hasn’t really hit it off with either road testers or the paying public, and the latest changes hope to address some of the car’s shortcomings.
Ford EcoSport prices announced
The updated EcoSport will cost from £14,295 and will be offered with three engines – two petrol and one diesel. The latter is a 1.5-litre unit that delivers 94hp while returning 64.2mpg and emitting 115g/km of CO2. Petrol choices include a 111hp 1.5-litre and a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder. The EcoBoost unit has won the Engine of the Year award multiple times thanks to its excellent 123hp output and 52.3mpg return.
To tempt buyers that might’ve been put off by the pre-facelift car’s less-than-perfect driving experience, Ford has put a lot of effort into making sure the EcoSport’s refinement is top-notch. Thicker sound deadening has been fitted and the seals around the pedals have been uprated to reduce sound getting into the cabin. The specific tuning of the engine and gearbox combination has been improved to offer better acceleration and more low-speed torque.
Buyers that spec Ford’s top-level Titanium trim now get part-leather seats as standard and all models can be specified with tinted windows. You can also choose a Winter pack that adds extra ventilation around the rear seat footwells to provide extra comfort for passengers. This pack also adds heated front seats, mirrors and a windscreen that de-mists at the touch of a button.
Ford EcoSport changes
From a styling point of view, the rather polarising appearance at the front remains unchanged. At the back, however, the spare wheel – which was previously stuck on the rear of the car in a rather ungainly fashion – is now an optional extra. Now buyers have the option to either make do with a puncture repair kit, or put up with a rather frumpy-looking rear.
Inside, Ford engineers have worked hard to improve refinement, by enhancing the sound deadening materials used in the cabin. The dashboard remains largely the same as before, though some revised materials for the instrument panel and centre console aim to improve perceived quality. Little flashes of chrome around the instruments and electric window switches subtly liven the place up, while a new four-inch display replaces the old monochrome LCD screen.
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The EcoSport has previously been criticised by reviewers for its rather sloppy handling – a surprise given that the Fiesta on which it is based (and even the taller B-Max mini MPV) feels light and agile on the road. As a result, Ford has overhauled the undercarriage: the whole car sits 10mm lower, while new springs, dampers, and steering components – to name but a few – all try to recapture some of the fun of other small Fords.
The 1.5 turbo diesel gains 5hp over the outgoing unit (taking power to 96hp), and gets efficiency tweaks which make it compliant with the latest EU emissions regulations. The petrol choice, a 1.0-litre turbocharged unit, offers the same 125hp as before.
Ford EcoSport rivals
The EcoSport is in quite a competitive class, with the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke taking the majority of sales. The latest Suzuki Vitara is now on sale (and initial reviews suggest it’s a very good car), so these changes can’t come soon enough for the little Ford SUV.
Ford EcoSport release date
The latest EcoSport is now available to buy with first deliveries expected in October.
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