Despite the prevalence of hard plastic surfaces and finishes, the perceived interior build quality is fair; we believe the EcoSport's cabin is likely to withstand constant hard use by a small family. Decent engines and infotainment, but the Kona fails to stand o... Good on safety and equipment but there are much more appealing... What Car? einen bis zu 4G LTE WLAN-Hotspot W-LAN für bis zu zehn Geräte sowie Verkehrsinformationen in Echtzeit Live Traffic, die direkt in Ihr Ford Navigationssystem eingespeist werden. We suspect that many buyers, especially those at altitude (Gauteng) will find this engine’s performance too compromised, which may force them to dig deeper into their pockets (if they can) for the 1.0T Trend automatic (priced from R354 800) or look to rivalling brands for a solution... but at additional cost, of course. By Autotrader. You are viewing the Parkers beta preview. Without turbocharging, this EcoSport lacks low-end punch, but still manages to return acceptable fuel consumption figures. The 1.5 Ambiente automatic simultaneously feels reassuringly-planted at highway speeds and rides pleasingly comfortably on tar. Enjoy the Cars.co.za experience on your phone now! Ford claims 6.9 L/100 km, but we managed 7.8 L/100 km without trying too hard. All registered in England and Wales. All things considered, we think that buyers looking for an affordable automatic compact family car should put this EcoSport on their shortlist and book a test drive. We were really keen to explore Paternoster and while the forecast for surfing was disappointing, we decided to venture out nonetheless. Another manufacturer adding a shot of steroids to its favourite family hatchback to try and trickle into the small-SUV market? Besides, the EcoSport's space utilisation is moot: the model is best suited to young couples and small families. As has become the norm, there’s a range of personalisation options available to EcoSport customers, largely centring around the exterior colour combinations, with bright shades available for the main bodywork, and contrasting roof colours in black, white, red or orange also available depending on your preference. Ford has gone to work on the updated EcoSport, dragging it from a blot on its record to a class contender. Joining the range later in 2018 is an AWD version powered by a new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel with 125hp, as well as an entry-level 100hp 1.0-litre EcoBoost. This Ford EcoSport review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which includes the 2018 through 2020 model year. When you factored in its other shortcomings – a low-rent interior, limited infotainment technology and a cumbersome side-hinged tailgate – it became hard to recommend. Because the spare wheel has been positioned on the tailgate, there is at least additional (and discreet) storage space underneath the boot board. Why You Can Trust Us At U.S. News & World Report, we rank the Best Jobs , Best Hospitals , and Best Colleges to guide readers through some of life’s most complicated decisions. In fact, the EcoSport comes with a good selection of standard equipment even on entry-level Zetec models, but if you want more there’s the Titanium and sporty ST-Line trims to move up to. There are also 2 conveniently placed USB ports for connecting devices. on While there’s no central bin to store items out of sight (the glovebox will have to do), there is a central console below the handbrake lever that offers 3 cup/bottle holders, as well as space for other oddments. You can read Gero's work right here on Cars.co.za. We like: Good looks, no-fuss interior, ride/handling balance, convenience of an automatic at this price. Such a route probably required an all-wheel-drive or 4x4 vehicle to traverse safely, yet I couldn’t resist trying out the Ford's (albeit limited) off-road abilities. Subscribe to our WhatsApp newsletter: Share. However, because the 1.5 Ambiente automatic isn't turbocharged (there's no meaty low-rev punch on tap), overtaking other vehicles at highway speeds requires more careful planning/forethought. Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT. The taller body means it rolls about a little bit in the corners and the ride can feel a little fidgety on examples with larger wheels. For added convenience, rear park-distance control is availed. Buy a used Ford EcoSport on Cars.co.za. For starters, the load bay has a claimed capacity of 333 litres, which is marginally below average for this segment; the load space is tall, but not quite as generous in terms of depth. In this review, we'll look at if the latest Ecosport has come on far enough to be a solid standalone small SUV, and if it’s worth choosing over its more established rivals. The EcoSport feels right at home on gravel and it has the ground clearance to navigate dirt roads with ease. In terms of luggage and utility space, the EcoSport is not the most spacious offering in this segment. Check out full specification details and finance estimates here. Der Ford EcoSport ist mit innovativen Technologien ausgestattet, die den Fahrkomfort spürbar erhöhen. by Read our experts' views on the engine, practicality, running costs, overall performance and more. December 12, 2019. 2001 . Nonetheless, for those buyers that are not too concerned with outright performance and are willing to accept this EcoSport’s spatial shortcomings, the 1.5 Ambiente automatic represents a fairly solid purchasing (let alone fuel-efficient) proposition. It’s a smart move from Ford and one that’s bound to resonate with cash-strapped buyers looking for optimal value from their new-car purchases. The steering column is adjustable for rake and reach, plus you can toggle the driver info display by using the multifunction steering wheel, but sadly, cruise control is not offered in Ambiente trim. As for safety features, half a dozen airbags are fitted, as well as ABS with EBD, brake assist and electronic stability control. At this price, there's merit in considering the EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente automatic, if you can live with its shortcomings. Using the vehicle’s momentum, thicker sand sections can be successfully negotiated and despite my wife’s fears that we'd get stuck, the Ford made it to its destination without a struggle! On the upside – and this will be quite a plus for the derivative's target market – the EcoSport returned an admirable fuel consumption figure during this test. The next cheapest automatic compact family car/small SUV option is the Haval H2 priced from R324 900, which is a bit larger than the EcoSport. The smallest vehicle in the Ford SUV stable returns for 2020 with some of its more popular features available more widely across its four-model lineup. Our test unit looked particularly striking in its Moondust Silver metallic finish and a contrasting black grille. Earlier this year, Ford bolstered its EcoSport range with a more affordable entry-level (and convenient) Ambiente automatic derivative. With the likes of the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and SEAT Arona, the EcoSport has some tough opposition (including the Fiesta Active hatch-cum-crossover). Buyers are increasingly opting for the convenience of an automatic transmission and, in an effort to target budget-conscious buyers (who most probably have to contend with congested traffic on their daily commutes), Ford now offers a 6-speed automatic EcoSport in its entry-level Ambiente trim, making it one of the most affordable compact family cars currently available on the local market. Ford adds new entry-level Auto to Ecosport Range. is part of Haymarket Automotive, a division of Haymarket Media Group © Haymarket Media Group 2019. Instead, to get the most out of this engine-transmission combination, a driver needs to apply steady, measured throttle inputs (feeding the power consistently) to keep the engine in its sweet spot. Read the definitive Ford Ecosport 2020 review from the expert What Car? It was by no means terrible, but by Ford's high standards, this rival to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur was a disappointment. The EcoSport is a charming small SUV and the addition of an entry-level automatic derivative broadens its appeal. Gareth Evans Gero Lilleike is a published writer and photographer with most of his work appearing in the fields of travel and motoring. It would be harsh to criticise the EcoSport for not driving like the smaller, chuckable Fiesta, especially as it demonstrates some traits found in the supermini, with sharp steering and a willingness to be thrown about. Yet, since launch in 2014, it’s failed to make a huge impact in the UK - largely due to the strength of its competition. The trouble for Ford is that, while driving experience has traditionally been a weak point of the small SUV segment, some fine-handling models are now available, most notably the Suzuki Vitara and Seat Arona. The EcoSport is indeed very compact, which bodes well for manoeuvring in and around the city, but it also means that the cabin is snug. The door mouldings also offers additional storage space. 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