The EcoSport is Ford’s sub-4 metre compact SUV that offers excellent value for money. While it competes with the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Hyundai Creta, the EcoSport is a whole lot cheaper due to the lower tax slabs on it. Although the EcoSport is comp act, seating position and driving feel is that of a larger car than what hatchbacks offer. Price for the Ford EcoSport range from Rs.6.75 to 10.20 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi)
The EcoSport gets a butch design – large chrome festooned front grille, high set headlamps and a short engine bay. Muscular creases run from the bonnet into the A pillars and run along the roof of the car to the rear. The four wheels set at their extremities give the EcoSport a large wheelbase maximizing cabin space. The rear hatch has the spare wheel mounted on it and the door handle integrated in the taillamp cluster.
The interiors of this car are similar to that of the Fiesta, with a cockpit like design. The small engine bay leads to a bulging dashboard and a instrument cluster with an overload of buttons. The EcoSport however comes well kitted with climate control, a good quality audio system with USB, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity steering adjustable for reach and rake. The rear seats split 60/40 and fold down flat to open up 705 litres of boot space from the standard 346 litres. Keyless start/stop, parking sensors and leather seats make the EcoSport a very well equipped car for its price.
The EcoSport comes with a choice of two petrols and one diesel engine specifications. The first petrol unit is a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT mill developing 112PS of power and 140Nm of torque. The EcoSport also comes with the award winning performance oriented 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine developing a handsome 125PS of power and 170Nm of torque. The diesel is a 1.5-litre mill also shared with the Fiesta. It develops 91PS of power and 204Nm of torque. The diesel engine may not be very powerful but is quite efficient. It returns an ARAI certified mileage figure of 22.7kmpl while the petrol naturally aspirated unit returns 15.8kmpl. The Ecoboost engine comes up with 18.9kmpl. Choice of gearboxes includes 5-speed manuals for the petrol and diesel and a six-speed dual clutch unit for the petrol. Top trims of the EcoSport come with six airbags.
The EcoSport comes with a price for a compact SUV is unmatchable, gets a strong set of petrol engines and frugal diesel engine and a long equipment list – both features and safety. Read MoreRead Less
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