Ford EcoSport (2014) Review

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Ford EcoSport (2014) At A Glance

3/5

+Practical, spacious Fiesta based small SUV. Impressive 1.0 EcoBoost engine. Good quality ride. Low lip to rear load area.

-Tailgate opens wrong way for right hand drive. Handling not up to usual Ford standards. Spare wheel on rear door optional from September 2015.

New prices start from £20,745, brokers can source from £18,750
Insurance Groups are between 9–11
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

With small SUVs becoming ever more popular it's no surprise to see Ford getting in on the act with the new EcoSport. A rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the EcoSport is based on the Fiesta and is the same length, yet it's impressively spacious inside with plenty of storage, practical seats and a raised driving position.

The EcoSport name isn't actually new – a first generation model, based on the Fusion, was launched in Brazil in 2003 and this all-new car was designed and engineered in Brazil with models for the UK being built in India. Only two-wheel drive models will be sold here with a straightforward engine line-up of a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.5 TDCi diesel and the three-cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost engine which offers the most sprightly performance.

It's fair to say it's not Ford's most adventurous design, but it does look good from the front with a strong mini-SUV look. We're far less convinced by the rear though. That spare wheel stuck on the back is reminiscent of an old Toyota RAV4 and looks dated. It also means the EcoSport has a side hinged tailgate door which is awkward to open in tight spaces. Hardly ideal for a car designed for urban use.

It's better inside with a good quality interior and a neat layout that follows the Fiesta. There's an impressive amount of stowage and it's practical too with rear seats that fold and flip up along with a good sized boot and only a small boot lip. Rear passenger space is generous too with good leg and headroom, even for those six foot plus.

The other area where the EcoSport impresses is equipment. All UK models are Titanium trim and come with plenty of kit including 16-inch alloys, climate control, keyless entry and start, a multifunction steering wheel and electric windows all round. For another £1000 you can add the Titanium X pack which includes leather seats, cruise control and 17-inch alloys.

Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Road Test

Ford EcoSport 2018 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Ford EcoSport (2014)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

28–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

185

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Could you recommend a petrol SUV with a low boot lip?
"Unfortunately, our 1998 Toyota RAV4 has a slipping clutch and signs of rust. We're looking for a high-seated petrol SUV, preferably with a low boot lip so a dog can jump in. We like the looks of the Ford Ecosport (which I know you don't rate) and the Mazda CX-3. What would you recommend in this crowded market? It will be used mostly on local runs with the occasional longer trip. We have about £14,500 to spend. Thanks."
The Ford EcoSport has been heavily updated a few times. It might not be the best crossover in its class but examples from 2018 onwards are much better than earlier models. One of these will be in budget and will likely meet all your requirements. The CX-3 would be a good alternative, while we'd also recommend a Suzuki Vitara or a Honda HR-V.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should the automatic gearbox in the Ford EcoSport be avoided?
"The original Ford EcoSport automatic had a problematic dry clutch transmission which was the subject of several successful lawsuits in America. This clutch was later replaced by a torque converter but Ford has stopped offering automatic transmission for this car. Is this because the torque converter system Is also to be avoided?"
No - the torque-converter automatic is pretty good. The EcoSport isn't great, though. Ford probably expects most customers to consider the new Puma instead. That's a much better car.
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Why does my car constantly give me different ranges on a full tank?
"My 2016 Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCi said I had 538 miles until the tank was empty when I first filled it. In the summer, it said 600 miles to empty. Tonight, I filled it to the brim and it said 508 miles to empty. Have you any ideas why there is such a difference in the mileage I'm getting?"
The estimate is based on your current mpg extrapolated. So if you are driving very economically it will estimate a greater range than if you aren't.
Answered by Honest John
Are there any small cars with a side-opening tailgate?
"Are there any small cars with a side-opening tailgate?"
Yes. Ford EcoSport. The only problem is it opens the wrong way for RHD. The hinge is on the nearside. Revised EcoBoost arriving soon so maybe this anomaly has been corrected.
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What does a Ford EcoSport (2014) cost?

Buy new from £18,750 (list price from £20,805)