Ford now has one of the best line-ups of crossovers and SUVs of any manufacturer, with the introduction of the new Puma and latest Kuga elevating its rankings.
But it’s also worth considering the EcoSport – this is Ford’s most affordable high-riding model, and it offers a host of enthusiastic engines, good value for money and affordable pricing.
With a revised line-up offering more in the way of connectivity and technology, the latest EcoSport is an attractive option if you’re looking for a small crossover.
Here’s what you need to know about it…
What engines are available?
The engine choice ticks plenty of option boxes, with buyers able to choose from various petrol and diesel engines.
The line-up starts with a 99bhp version of Ford’s popular 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. With this, it can accelerate to 60mph in 11.7 seconds, and will return 48.7mpg.
If your budget will stretch a bit further, it’s worth considering the more powerful 123bhp and 138bhp versions of this turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine. With 138bhp chosen, it can reach 60mph in 10 seconds, and would hit a top speed of 115mph. They’re hardly any less efficient, either – still returning 47.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 136g/km.
If you fancy a diesel, Ford offers a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which you can choose with outputs of 99bhp or 123bhp. With the latter, it can hit 60mph in 10.5 seconds, while returning up to 57.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of 128g/km.
All EcoSport variants feature a six-speed manual gearbox, with no automatic variants available.
What trim levels are offered?
Three trim levels are available on the EcoSport, and it comes with plenty of standard kit. Equipment highlights and pricing are as follows.
Zetec – from £18,695
Standard kit includes 16-inch grey alloy wheels, LED running lights, a useful heated windscreen and electric windows. It also comes with an excellent eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with DAB radio, emergency assistance and Bluetooth. You also get cruise control and air conditioning, as well as autonomous emergency braking and traffic sign recognition on the safety front.
Titanium – from £20,195
Mid-spec Titanium versions feature larger 17-inch alloy wheels, along with additional chrome detailing and silver roof rails. It also comes with climate control, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, satellite navigation and automatic lights and wipers.
ST-Line – from £20,995
If you fancy a bit more flair, the top-spec ST-Line version is the one to go for. It brings primarily styling changes, which include an ST-Line bodykit, black roof rails, revised 17-inch alloy wheels and a large rear spoiler.
What about personalisation?
The EcoSport is one of the easiest Fords to personalise. For starters, Ford offers a slightly different version of the ST-Line, which comes painted black with a yellow roof, for a £500 extra. ST-Line models also come with a black roof as standard, while this is available as a £250 option on the Titanium trim.
The colour choice is also quite varied, with Race Red being the standard colour, but cool optional shades being Desert Island Blue, Luxe Yellow and Metropolis White.
Three option packs are also available, and could be worth choosing. The Driver Assistance Pack comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and front parking sensors for £600. The ‘X-Pack’ is one for music lovers, coming with a 10-speaker B&O sound system along with keyless entry and start. The Comfort Pack is more affordable at £300, and is a good choice as it adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.Enquire on a new Ford EcoSport