Driving impressions: Ford EcoSport

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14 November 2013

Model: Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente  With the variety of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on the market these days it sometimes feels like Goldilocks and the Three Bears: too big, too small – and just right. That’s where the Ford EcoSport fits in. The vehicle scores well for general appearance, with a more aggressive front and well-finished rear, and the interior is a pleasant surprise. The EcoSport is roomier than you’d expect, thanks to a team of designers who spent a lot of time on planning. And they went to work cleverly.   By cutting a bit here and a bit there and making things smaller without losing comfort or quality the interior of the EcoSport was effectively enlarged. This includes the instrument panel, steering wheel (which enhances the sporty feel) and the seats, which are slightly shorter and narrower, but the result is worth it – space, space, space. Provision is made for tall and short drivers and the driver’s seat is height-adjustable.  The “hollowed-out” hatch is excellently positioned. It’s low enough for anyone to load even heavy items with ease. The “hollow” enables it to take just that little extra. Another aspect that impresses is the trouble designers went to of adding small glass panels on the sides (front and rear) of the vehicle to cut out blind spots as far as possible. The engine is willing, fuel consumption is encouraging and the vehicle is a pleasure to drive, regardless of traffic or weather conditions.  

  • Price: R199 000
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 11,6 seconds, top speed 174 km/h
  • Engine: 1,4-litre, 4-cylinder, 82 kW, 138 Nm, 8,6 litres/100 km (city driving)
  • Competitors: Renault Duster, Daihatsu Terios
  • Positive: The coolest of the entry-level sport utility vehicles
  • Negative: I don’t have one 
  - Annelene Oberholzer

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