Compact SUVs are mainly aimed at people looking for a good mix of comfort, efficiency, and affordability.
Ford EcoSport 2019 is one of those fresh-out-of-the-oven cars that are expected to impress with their performance.
This model was first introduced to the world in 2018, and the new edition is basically the same (with the exception that some features now come as standard).
It needs to be said right from the start that despite the “Eco” in the name, this isn’t a particularly effective vehicle in terms of fuel economy. And, it’s not very fun to drive.
So, what are the pros, you might ask?
The spacious interior with lots of cargo space and the up-to-date technological features turn it into a strong contestant.
What Does EcoSport Have To Offer?
A quick note: even though the US market is new to this model, it’s been around for a very long time (more than a decade). At the same time, the interior of the 2019 edition looks and feels brand-new. The material quality is above-average, and the overall design is very similar to what you can see in other compact/subcompact vehicles made by Ford.
You can seat up to 4 passengers into Ford EcoSport 2019, even the tall ones.
As mentioned, the spacious cargo is one of the reasons this model is worth your attention. According to Ford officials, they were inspired by the bees when creating the shelf.
Mike Mazella, Ford EcoSport Assistant Chief Engineer: “The hexagonal design of honeycomb is a testament to nature’s ingenuity. Not only is it strong, it’s superlight. Customers can slide the shelf into multiple different slots like an oven rack; even store it on the back of the seats. It helps make EcoSport super-flexible in everyday use.”
Sync 3, the company’s trademark infotainment system, is on the same level as the best systems on the market: it’s very stylish and easy to use. Reactions are quick, all the options are right there in front of you, and you’ll make sense of it all in 5 minutes.
S Vs. SE – Which One Should You Pick? Pricing.
You can get the entry-level S trim for 20K USD, which is the average price for the standard configuration in this segment.
It is available with AWD, but the standard 1.0-lit turbocharged 3-cyl engine comes with FWD. This powertrain is capable of 123HP and 125 lb-ft of torque. But, you can always switch to the more expensive and more powerful 2.0-lit 4-cylinder (good for 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft). A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only available choice.
With S, you’ll also get 16-inch wheels, cruise control, a modest 4.2-inch screen, 6 speakers for the audio system, height-adjustable front seats, and more.
SE costs 23.1K and features running-/fog-lights, keyless ignition/entry, heating for the front seats, high-quality cloth upholstery, Smartphone integration, Sync 3, and a bigger (6.5-inch) display. For navigation, an 8-inch screen, and additional safety features, purchase the Convenience package.
Personally, I think that everything I just listed is worth 3K, but it’s up to you to decide whether you should pay a top dollar for SE or stick with S.
Titanium And SES – The Luxury-Level Trims
Titanium can be yours for 26.1K. It comes packed with every single feature from SE (including the Convenience package) and adds leather upholstery (looks pretty cool), 10 speakers for the sound system, and more. Chrome exterior trim, auto wipers, and heating for the steering wheel are also part of the deal.
Ford gives away SES, the most expensive trim, for 27.2K. This is the sportier configuration and features a spoiler and a fine-tuned suspension for better maneuverability. Heated mirrors/steering wheel, leather for the seats, and auto wipers also included in the price.
Do The Cons Outweigh The Pros?
No, they don’t, but there’s a fair share of those.
Acceleration isn’t at all impressive, and fuel economy is average at best, despite Ford’s big speeches. Plus, ride quality isn’t as smooth and flawless as in some of the rivals. The pillars are thicker than they should be, and that takes away some of the outward visibility. Finally, while this is a pretty tech-savvy car, you won’t find some of the most advanced driving aids in it.
Toyota’s C-HR, along with Mazda’s CX-3, is a lot more fun on the road, and it consumes less miles per gallon. For more cargo space and leg-/head-room for the passengers, I’d recommend checking out HR-V by Honda. Still, Ford EcoSport 2019 is a decent pick, and it offers four trim levels to pick from.
Why You Should Buy EcoSport
No matter which trim you end up picking, you’ll get to enjoy spacious cargo with above-average cubic feet at your disposal.
Smartphone integration is available with the most basic configuration, which isn’t always the case in this segment. Sync 3, in turn, is very intuitive and won’t take forever to get used to.
While the price-tag isn’t the strongest suit of Ford EcoSport 2019 (it’s average for an SUV of this size), the company does provide a decent set of standard features with the S trim.
The engine is quiet, the seats are cozy enough, and climate control is clever – all of that makes the cabin comfortable.
If you’re looking for a decent compact SUV, this one might deserve a spot on the list, but, sadly, EcoSport isn’t necessarily a top-3 contestant.
Why You Should NOT Buy EcoSport
Blind-spot monitoring is pretty much the only safety feature, and that’s a big con for this vehicle (especially since it’s a family car in many countries). As I said earlier, the fuel economy is below average. Here are the estimates: 29 miles per gallon on the highway/27mpg in the city. Furthermore, while the entry-level engine is ok, you might feel it struggling when EcoSport is full of adult passengers.
Finally, ride quality is below average, which, again, should’ve been one of the strongest suits of Ford’s SUV. The basic engine goes from zero to 60mph in 11.4 seconds. Braking is solid, but steering and handling are bad.
If you want to learn more about Ford EcoSport 2019, this video will shed some light on the most important aspects of the car.