This little charmer is a spacious, economically efficient mode of transport for small families.
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Does Ford’s EcoSport convince as a compact crossover? Not particularly. But, it has charm, particularly in sprightly ST-Line spec, as tested here.
You get lots of kit in the £20,995 1.0T EcoBoost version I tried. Equipment includes cruise control, a reversing camera, parking sensors, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as navigation.
The EcoSport is based on the same platform as Ford’s well-known Fiesta, and you get hints of this pedigree. The steering is pleasing, and the petrol engine pulls nicely.
The six-speed manual gearbox is sweet, too, and the EcoSport’s driving position is bang on. The seats are positioned high, so you get a good, safe view out.
Also, there’s decent space in the back, which is due, in part, to the Ford’s erect seats. These enable your rear passengers to slip their feet under the seats in front of them.
Plenty of kit
The 356-litre boot is respectable enough, and it’s easy to load, due to the right-angled rump. Mind you: the five-door motor has a side-hinged tailgate, which you’ll either like or loathe.
With a claimed mpg of up to 43.5 and 148g/km CO2, this model will be inexpensive to run. So, along with the plentiful kit, acceptable performance and rear space, the EcoSport is not bad transport for small families.
Just don’t think of it as a mini SUV-cum-crossover-type thing. Think of it as a Fiesta on stilts.
Fast Facts – Ford EcoSport ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost 125PS as tested:
- Max speed: 111mph
- 0-62 mph: 11.0 seconds
- Combined mpg: 43.5
- Engine: 998cc 3-cylinder turbo petrol
- Max. power (ps): 125
- CO2: 148g/km
- Price: £20,995