Ford Ecosport

Ford Ecosport motability carThe Brazilian designed Indian built Ecosport is Ford’s foray into the Mini-SUV sector and competes with the Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka, Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008 and the delightful and quirky Citroen C4 Cactus. The front wheel drive only Ecosport is built on the Fiesta platform and has a look of a car not in keeping with the rest of the range, there is no Ford ‘Aston Martin’ grille and the high set front lights are a little at odds with the usual Ford design and at the rear things get more bizarre, the side hinged rear door is complete with a full sized spare wheel attached which while odd looking it does free up the boot to offer a far from massive 346 litres of space (This is now a no cost option) Behind the wheel things improve, space is excellent and the high riding position commanding and comfortable, interior space is good with lots of headroom front and back but it’s a narrow car and you do feel very close to your fellow passengers.

 

 

Ford Ecosport motability car interiorThe Ecosport comes in Zetec or Titanium with an option to add a Titanium X pack which adds 17″ Alloy wheels, leather seats, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers. As a Titanium the Ecosport has as standard 16″ Alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, power start button, keyless entry, all round electric windows, power mirrors, leather steering wheel and gear shift knob and front fog lights. Rear parking sensors are a £210 extra across the range but when the Ecosport is ordered as a Motability car they are added without the extra cost which is a nice touch. The Titanium S is 10mm lover has black alloys and roof and cruise control.

 

 

Ford Ecosport motability car rear

Three engines are available, a 1.5 litre petrol with 112 bhp which is a manual only, the award winning three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol with 125 bhp, (available in Titanium S trim with 138 bhp 0-62 in 11.8 seconds), is the best value with economy of 52.3 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 12.7 seconds, the 1.5 litre diesel has only 95bhp but the extra torque of the diesel makes it more balanced drive and is the most economical of the three with a claimed economy of 64.2 miles per gallon, progress is not brisk with a 0-62 mile per hour time of 14 seconds and a top speed of 99 miles per hour for the diesel.

There is no Automatic Ecosport this Quarter and a new Model is being released in 2018.

 Autumn Best Buy – Ford Ecosport ‘Titanium S’ 1.0 138bhp petrol manual   –  £195 Advance Payment  (£60.71 wpms)

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