The compact mini SUV market has grown and becoming more popular with young families. The choice is vast from Renault Duster, Toyota CH-R Mazda CX-3 and the Ford EcoSport. When purchasing a mini SUV each customer wants the best value for money. Unfortunately we can never get everything we want in one vehicle but after checking out specs and prices of vehicles in this segment I found the Ford EcoSport on the top of the list.
We tested the Ford EcoSport Titanium which is a 3-cylinder 1.0 liter, turbo petrol which pushes out 92kW and 170Nm of torque. This unit is powered perfectly and has enough power to drive up hills or to overtake with ease. Driving around the city with traffic we were achieving a solid 7.5 liters per 100km. There is an option for a 1.5 liter which is the Ambiente at R264 500 and is the base model.
The car is equipped Sync three interface, Apple Car Play and now can host Android devices. The Titanium model has a slightly larger touch screen and navigation is standard. We put the Apple Car Play to the test and selected WAZE however a few issue were experienced. The ports to connect you phine is below your temperature settings and there is not enough space to put your phone. The iPhone has to be unlocked in order for an application to run and in turn this makes for phone really hot. When using WAZE the map lags a lot and we missed a few turns due to this. I would rather use the navigation which is offered with the EcoSport which I found better! The navigation shows you the house number as well which comes in handy as these days homes do not have numbers or have been re-numbered.
The vehicle has ISOfix and if an adult is traveling at the back there is enough room but if you are tall I would definitely suggest you sit in front. There are many storage compartments which makes it ideal for young families. The boot space is big enough for two large suitcases and three smaller/medium size suitcases. I did struggle at shopping malls with opening the boot. Sometimes with having a car behind you the boot can’t open enough to get bags/groceries into the boot, try and remember not to reverse into a parking.
Driving around town or shopping trips I couldn’t fault the drive at all, with the little 1.0 liter engine the turbo was working well. The vehicle is comfortable with a good ride height for the mini SUV. The price is really good for what you will be getting and the only issue I had was Apple Car Play/WAZE but this is a small issue and I’m sure this can be fixed with an update down the line.
THE LINE UP:
|EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Ambiente 5MT||R 264 500|
|EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6MT||R 287 500|
|EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 6AT||R 300 700|
|EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6MT||R 327 800|
|EcoSport 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium 6AT||R 339 900|