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Road Test – Ford EcoSport


Ford makes some pretty good little sedans.  We recently raved about the Fiesta ST here on Overdrive.  Well they now have also brought a small SUV onto the market; the EcoSport.

It’s designed in Brazil and it’s built in Indian and it’s based on the Fiesta platform.

It looks the part and one of the engine options is surprising.

Is it a proud entry into the Ford stable?

To tell us all about it I have on the line motoring journalist Ian Crawford

 

  • The three cylinder turbo of 1 litre capacity puts out
    • Maximum power 92 kW @ 6000 RPM/Maximum torque 170 Nm @ 1400 – 4500 RPM
    • The four cylinder normally aspirated with a capacity of 1.5 litres puts out less power and torque without the torque range
      • Maximum power 82 kW @ 6300 rpm/Maximum torque 140 Nm @ 4400 rpm
      • Three cylinder is refined and small
      • Three cylinder only in manual
      • They will run 91 RON but they recommend 95-98 RON
      • Front wheel drive
      • Very quiet ride – low road and wind noise
      • Has a bulbous nose on the front
      • Has the full sized spare on the back of the rear door.  You don’t see that much now, it’s not pretty but it is functional.
      • Base Model Ambiente has reasonable features including:
        • 15″ x 6″ steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres
        • 60/40 split-fold rear seats with multi-step recline and ‘fold and tumble’ functionality
        • SYNC™
        • Bluetooth® hands-free phone and Voice Control
        • with USB/iPod integration
        • 3.5″ multi-function display screen
        • 7 airbags
        • Beltminder™ (for driver and front passenger)
        • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
      • Middle spec model – The Trend – has:
        • Front fog lamps with bezel (grey finish)
        • Front and upper radiator grille (silver finish)
        • Roof rails (black finish)
        • Cruise control
        • Cooler in glove box
        • Sports style front seats with ‘Shanghai’ fabric seats
        • Manual adjustable lumbar support (for driver)
      • Top spec Titanium has:
        • Front fog lamps with chrome bezel
        • Roof rails (silver finish)
        • Air conditioning with Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC)
        • Auto headlamps
        • Intelligent access with push-button start/stop
        • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
        • Leather seat inserts and bolsters (front seats)
        • Leather trimmed steering wheel
        • Rear view mirror (electrochromic)

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