Expert Review of Ford Ecosport
Ford India, the Indian wing of the American automaker has officially introduced the Ford EcoSport compact SUV in Indian markets. This is the first time that the American auto giant has introduced a compact SUV in the Indian automobile market. This SUV comes with a length of just under 4 meters, which makes it eligible to obtain tax benefits from the Indian Government. The company also brought in the revolutionary 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine by equipping it to the Ford EcoSport compact SUV. This is the most powerful engine, which has the ability to produce a power like a 1.6-litre engine. Also, it is the most fuel efficient in its class with an ability to return 20 percent more mileage as compared to the other SUVs in its segment. This compact SUV powered by the Ecoboost engine has been introduced in just two trims out of which, Ford EcoSport 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium is one of the variant. This variant is blessed with some of the top class features. This variant has been launched at a price of Rs. 7.89 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi), which is very attractive. This vehicle has been offered with 16 inch alloy wheels, which will further enhance the sporty appeal of the vehicle.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
This Ford EcoSport SUV is powered by the award winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine consumes about 20 percent less fuel, when compared to the conventional 1.6-litre engine. The company claims that this SUV has the ability to produce 18.88 Kmpl of superior mileage, when driven under standard conditions.
The all new Ford EcoSport is made available by the company in seven stunning color options that helps the customers. The list of these exterior paint options for this compact SUV includes Diamond White, Sea Grey, Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Chill, Kinetic Blue and the stunning Mars Red color shade as well.
Acceleration and Pick up
This compact SUV trim which is sporting the revolutionary 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine is powerful than any other engine of its class. This vehicle can reach a top speed of about 190 Kmph and breaks the 100 Kmph barrier from a standstill in just about 10.3 seconds, which is truly unbelievable.
This compact SUV trim comes with a stunning body design that will steal your heart and attention in the first impression itself. Its front facade, side profile and its rear view is just fascinating like no other SUV of its class. If you just take a close look at its front facade, you will notice that there is a lot of aggressive and sporty elements on it. The design of the headlight cluster is very aggressive with revealing aspects. The upper grille is small yet stylish and it has been fitted with a chrome plated single slat along with the prominent logo of the company. Below this, you will find the body colored bumper incorporated with a large air dam and round shaped fog lights tipped in chrome. The air dam on its bumper has been designed with chrome plated horizontal slats that adds a lot of style to its frontage. Its bumper is also fitted with protective bumper cladding on its bottom that brings the sporty appeal to this SUV. The side profile of this SUV is stunning and refreshing. Its wheel arches have been fitted with the sporty style 16 inch alloy wheels. The door handles and the external rear view mirrors have been garnished in body color. Now coming to the rear profile, this SUV comes with a stylish tail lamp cluster with unique style. It also has a spare wheel fitted to the rear door of this SUV. Down at the bottom, there is a body colored bumper fitted with bumper cladding to it.
This compact SUV has been integrated with some of the most sophisticated features that would surely pay complete value for money. There is a lot of space inside the cabin, thanks to the impressive wheelbase of about 2520mm. This Ford EcoSport 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium trim has got all the features that are equipped in the top end variant. The list of its features include, front courtesy lights with two map reading lamps, rear courtesy lights with theater dimming, automatic air conditioning system, a cooling glove box, steering mounted audio controls, adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power adjustable outside rear view mirrors, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob and several other important features. This titanium trim also gets advanced features like push button start, power windows with driver side one touch up and down function. Other features include and infotainment system that supports AUX-In, a USB socket, CD/MP3 player and Bluetooth connectivity as well.
This compact SUV trim comes with a total length of 3999mm along with an overall width of about 1765mm. It has a decent overall height of close to 1708mm, while the ground clearance is nearly 200mm. The wheelbase of this SUV is very spacious at 2520mm, which is impressive.
The all new Ford EcoSport is blessed with a revolutionary 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine, which created a buzz in the automobile market. This is the most powerful engine till date in the 1.0-litre engine segment. This engine comes with a displacement capacity of about 999cc, which allows it to churn out a maximum 123.4bhp of power at 6000rpm and generates 170Nm of torque at 1400 to 4500rpm. This Ecoboost engine has been skillfully paired with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox that helps it to return a 20 percent more mileage than conventional 1.6-litre engine.
This compact SUV is equipped with a set of 16 inch alloy wheels, which are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 205/60 R16. These tyres will provide superior grip on all types of roads in all whether conditions.
This compact SUV has been assembled with Independent McPherson Strut type of mechanism on its front axle, which is assisted by coil spring and anti-roll bar type of mechanism. On its rear wheel, the company fitted the Semi-Independent Twist beam type of suspension which is enhanced by oil filled shock absorbers. This will take care of the agility and drive comforts.
Handling and Control
As far as handling is concerned, this SUV can be handled with the help of electric power assisted steering system, which offers instant response. On the other hand, its disc and drum brakes system is enhanced by the sophisticated Anti lock Braking System that prevents skidding on slippery roads and keeps this SUV agile.
Premium sporty appearance, mind blowing engine performance
Comfort features need to improve, cabin space is not up to the mark.