The new Ford EcoSport has entered 2018 with a refreshed appearance – including an almost entirely new cabin – and has a genuinely up-to-the-minute look and feel. As ever, this sharply styled crossover comes well-equipped as standard and boasts plenty of engine options, including an all-wheel drive addition.
Available in Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line trim levels, this compact SUV – the smallest such vehicle in Ford’s collection – is the perfect size to enjoy city driving to the full. Its bijou dimensions make it ideal for weaving in and out of traffic, and slotting into parking spaces that many other SUVs find too small. The latest iteration is more appealing than ever, with, for instance, a smartly creased body kit, rising window line and standard-issue 16-inch alloy wheels. It’s practical too. A side-opening tailgate provides easy access when the vehicle is parked by a nearside kerb. Titanium trims add roof rails that allow for extra load-bearing possibilities, while ST-Line grades feature sportily contrasting roof and body colours, and a conspicuous rear spoiler.
It’s the new EcoSport’s cabin that benefits from the biggest changes, having been almost entirely redesigned. Welcome new elements include leather-clad fixtures, such as steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake handle, and an all-new dashboard is similar to the one found in the latest Fiesta incarnation. Electrically powered front windows and air-conditioning are featured as standard, making it easy to determine an agreeable cabin temperature. Titanium and ST-Line trims also include power-operated rear windows. The latter grade adds sportier elements, such as contrasting red stitching on steering wheel, handbrake handle and gearshift gaiter – and pedals that are fitted with stainless steel inserts.
The new EcoSport is installed with a 1.5-litre 112bhp petrol engine as standard, which manages up to 44.8mpg and produces a 149g/km CO2 emission figure. Optimal efficiency is delivered by ST-Line grades that are installed with a 1.5-litre 100bhp diesel unit. This returns as much as 68.8mpg, while producing emissions as low as 107g/km. For peak performance, opt for a 1.0-litre 140bhp EcoBoost engine. This delivers up to 54.3mpg, produces 119g/km of CO2 and allows the vehicle to go from 0-60mph in approximately 11 seconds. The EcoSport can now be selected with all-wheel drive too, which comes with a 1.5-litre 123bhp diesel engine.
The EcoSport’s updated dashboard now features Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which comes complete with an easy-to-operate and vivid 6.5-inch touchscreen. From here, you can access a six-speaker audio system, and mirror your smartphone via the vehicle’s display with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Titanium grades and higher feature an eight-inch touchscreen and also include satellite navigation.
A whole host of safety components are included as standard, helping to keep everyone on board as secure as possible. For instance, Electronic Stability Control, Cruise Control and Hill-launch Assist all feature, as do automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers. Titanium grades, meanwhile, add a rear parking camera, which relays footage via the car’s touchscreen display.
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