We Indians love SUV's but there are many who want a car with the looks and presence of an SUV but not the huge thirst for fuel, size, and not to mention the big costs involved in owning one. Ford was one of the first companies to cash on this demand from consumers in India, though it has now been joined by many other models in this segment from different manufacturers; a mid-life refresh should take care of things till the next model comes along sometime in the future. The design is muscular but also compact (it is sub-four metre SUV) and packs in a whole lot of details. The EcoSport which is based on the Fiesta platform is a shining example of the new Ford design language.
The beltine for example which is formed by the windows and door creases, draws an ascending curve that rises as it runs to the rear of the car. The large trapezoidal grille is another characteristic of the Ford design DNA which gives the signature Ford face, like the other new global designs. More interesting details include headlamp-integrated LED day-time running lamps, sharply-raked A-pillars and a short hood. At the back, a large rear window that wraps around to the sides along with oblique tail-lamps. The swing gate handle is built into the tail-lamp and is another highlight of the Ford EcoSport's innovative design. The spare tyre, with an exclusively designed wheel, is mounted on the swing-out door. Step inside and the design of the interiors are influenced by the Fiesta sedan which is a no bad thing.It has the sporty looking centre console with neatly stacked buttons.
The design and overall quality feel also has been improved. On the features front expect a lot of equipment on the EcoSport such as a CD/MP3 player, USB/auxiliary slots, steering controls, Smart Keyless Entry, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth. There is also the neat voice control feature, and Ford's Sync with AppLink system. The talking point in the EcoSport remains the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine which is economical and fun to drive, it develops 125 PS and 170Nm. The EcoSport features a 1.5 diesel 100 PS turbocharged diesel motor which is torquey and fun to drive, it is also very efficient. The EcoSport Petrol EcoBoost promises 18.9 kmpl while the diesel returns 22.3 kmpl which is fantastic. Other than these two engines the third engine is a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated 112PS petrol. There are five trim options: Ambiente, Tren, Trend+, Titanium and Titanium+.
Ford has priced it very well - from Rs. 6.80 Lakh to Rs. 10.44 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
2015 Ford EcoSport: The compact SUV on test