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FORD ECOSPORT HATCHBACK

1.0 EcoBoost 125 ST-Line 5dr

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Key Info

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Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency53.30mpg
Emissions
Emissions136.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed111mph

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control with Intelligent speed assist
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensors and rear view camera
  • SYNC 3 nav system with DAB radio,8" screen, voice control, bluetooth, GPS, emergency assistance,Apple car play/Android auto, 2x USB, Ford pass connect
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 7 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • 'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic front wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front door threshold plates with ST-Line logo
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight levelling control
  • Large rear spoiler
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Puddle lights
  • Rear wiper
  • ST-Line body styling kit
  • ST-Line front grille

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front and rear
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Centre console with sliding front armrest
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Courtesy lights with map reading light
  • Driver seat height/lumbar adjust
  • Driver's side glovebox
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and lidded vanity mirrors
  • EATC - Electronic Auto Temperature control
  • Folding grab handles
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Luggage compartment carpet
  • Miko dinamica cloth/partial sensico upholstery with red stitching
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Rake adjustable rear seats
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear headrests
  • Sensico trimmed steering wheel, handbrake and gearshift gaiter with red stitching
  • Stainless steel sports pedals
  • Storage drawers under front seats
  • Tie down hooks
  • Variable boot floor

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver airbag
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic Stability Programme with hill launch assist
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • MyKey system
  • Passenger airbag
  • Pre collision assist system
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham 1 volume sensing alarm

Technical

  • Sports suspension

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • Tyre inflation kit

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.497
  • CO2 (g/km)
    114
  • HC
    0.051
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    69
  • NOx
    0.044
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    135

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    71.9
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    82
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    53.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    60.1
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    45.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    51.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    125
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    EcoBoost 125
  • Coin Series
    ST-Line
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    12E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    1
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    120
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    150000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    11
  • Engine Power - BHP
    125
  • Engine Power - KW
    92
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    125
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    17.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    170
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4100
  • Top Speed
    111

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1653
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1713
  • Length
    4096
  • Wheelbase
    2519
  • Width
    1765
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2057

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1730
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1238
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    356
  • Max. Loading Weight
    525
  • Max. Roof Load
    40
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1205
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6

The EcoSport, Ford's most compact SUV, still has an appeal for the right kind of customer. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Ford didn't rush into bringing us a supermini-based Crossover model. Indeed, the market was awash with the things by the time the brand brought us its own take in this genre, the Fiesta-based EcoSport, in the Spring of 2014. Even so, there were signs that all was not quite right with the product planning. Early buyers questioned the car's refinement, its driving dynamics, its interior and the need to drive around with a huge great spare wheel hanging off the back of the tailgate. Fortunately though, Ford was listening. So, the brand updated the car in both 2015 and 2016, before fundementally changing it in 2018 to create the version we're looking at here. As before, the chunky looks offer up a bit of Amazonian attitude, even if in truth, this car is more Cbeebies than SAS in its take on hostile streetlife. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

The EcoSport range is now based around Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, mainly offered in 125PS guise, but also available in 140PS form in the mid-range 'ST-Line' version. You can now only have manual transmission and front wheel drive. The news that an EcoSport is based on a Ford Fiesta should certainly set you off in a positive frame of mind when it comes to the drive on offer. The issue though, is one of exactly what would happen to a Fiesta if you gave it a relatively lofty 190mm ride height, 136kgs of extra weight and a chunky high-riding body. After all, even Ford's chassis engineers aren't miracle workers, something which is fairly evident from the driving experience served up by this car. To be fair, the Blue Oval brand has much improved it, tweaking the springs, dampers and steering of this revised model in order to make it better suit European roads. And there have been some wins as part of that process. The consistent and well-weighted steering for example, is way better than before. Plus the brakes are impressive, the shift change of the 6-speed manual gearbox is slick and highway cruising is pretty refined. Ultimately though, what could be achieved here was rather limited by the high, boxy shape, a big contributing factor to the way the car feels uncomfortable with fast cornering or sudden directional changes at speed. It also rides quite stiffly on its firm suspension. Still, it's nothing you couldn't live with and most likely buyers won't want to drive on their door handles anyway.

Design and Build

The EcoSport's styling at the time of its 2018 facelift was brought more into line with the look of Ford's larger SUVs. A sculpted bonnet with a central bulge delivers a clean front-end appearance and the front-end design is dominated by a smart trapezoidal grille design and distinctive angular headlights that incorporate LED daytime running lights. Angular fog light housings complete a front three quarter profile that was apparently inspired by the straps of a rucksack and was designed to reflect an adventurous character. The EcoSport's rear bumper and tail light designs also deliver a clean, sculpted appearance. Inside, you get an 8-inch SYNC centre-dash infotainment screen which features navigation, 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smart-phone mirroring. The rear seat of an EcoSport is a surprisingly pleasant place to be thanks not only to the high, airy roofline but also to the fact that the rear seats are set slightly above those in the front for a better view out. At the back, that side-hinged tailgate still accesses a load space that Ford reckons is big enough to swallow a 560-litre washing machine - once the 60/40 split rear seats are folded, that is.

Market and Model

You can't have a poverty-spec EcoSport any more, so pricing starts a little higher than you might expect - at around £21,000 for the base 'Titanium'-spec version. Another £800 gets you the 'ST-Line' trim most will want with 125PS: it's £400 more for the perkier 140PS version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit. The top 'Active' version costs the same as a 125PS 'ST-Line' model - just under £22,000. You'll spot the 'Active' version of the EcoSport by its 17-inch Y-design dark-inset alloy wheels, black painted roof and rear privacy glass. Or perhaps by its black body kit, which sees that colour applied to the headlamp bezels, the wheel mouldings, the front grille bars and the lower body side claddings. You also get Sport halogen tail lamps. Inside in an 'Active' model, there's partial Sensico upholstery with leather inserts and blue stitching. The thing that rather gives away the reality that this isn't an all-new generation design is the fact that it can't be had with many of the camera-driven safety features you'll find with more recently introduced rivals. So you'll look in vain on the spec sheet for things like autonomous braking and lane departure warning. Some compensation here though, lies in the fact that every EcoSport comes as standard with the potentially life-saving 'Emergency Assistance' set-up that competitors would make you pay extra for. In the event of an accident, this system will automatically call the rescue services to summon assistance anywhere you might be in Europe. It's also worth mentioning that a' Blind Spot Information System' is available at extra cost - one of those set-ups that warns you if, on the move, you're about to dangerously pull out in front of another vehicle.

Cost of Ownership

It's a lot harder to get a boxy Crossover model to return efficient fuel and CO2 returns than it is with a conventional supermini or family hatchback. To illustrate the point, let's look at the WLTP figures of the 125PS 1.0-litre variant most will choose. This returns 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 136g/km of CO2 - which is some way off the figures the same unit will deliver in a comparable Ford Fiesta - but probably acceptable, given the extra 136kgs of kerb weight this car must cart around. I mention kerb weight: Ford makes a lot of the way that this model's Boron steel construction reduces weight while increasing structural strength. That may be so but the fact still remains that an EcoSport weighs more than virtually all its direct segment rivals. When it comes too booking your EcoSport in for a check-up, you can do this online through the 'My Ford' portal. This is part of the 'Ford BlueService' scheme that wraps up all of the care and maintenance of your car into one bundle that also includes a free 30-point 'eCheck' of vital parts. Here, any work required will be highlighted with red, amber or green traffic light warnings on a report you'll be given that will rank items needing attention in order of their importance. There's also the 'Ford Service App' that you can download to your phone for free. It lets you locate your nearest dealer to make maintenance bookings.

Summary

This EcoSport still has a little life left in it. It won't handle anything like as well as a comparable Puma - or deliver that mild hybrid model's standards of efficiency, but if you don't really care very much about either of those things and you want a small Ford SUV, you'll find plenty to like here. The visual embellishment of the top 'Active' version is well judged. And with any EcoSport, at the wheel, you'll sit higher than you probably would in that alternative 'B'-segment SUV model you've maybe been thinking of. Ultimately, it's been hard for Ford to get round this model's fundamentally South American origins. But in this form, the EcoSport makes more sense than it ever has before. My daughter, for example, would love one. It is, as ever, a case of giving the market what it wants.

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