Ford EcoSport (2014–)

Model History

September 2012

EcoSport unveiled

The EcoSport is a small Fiesta size SUV 4,241mm long x 2,057mm wide (inc mirrors) x 1,696mm high, sheduled to arrive in Europe in late 2013 to compete against the Vauxhall Mokka and Renault Captur.

It comes in both 2WD and 4WD formats, but 2WD only in the UK. The 2WD shown at Geneva originally had a solid tubular rear axle (not a twist-beam). (By production, this had been changed to a coil sprung twist beam.) A full sized spare wheel is hung on the left-hinged side-opening rear door that opens via a handle incorporated into the rear light, but Europe may get a space-saver or tyre repair kit instead.

There is a slight but small lip into the rear load area. The dashboard is taken from the current model Fiesta.

Engine line-up in Brazil is:

1.0 litre Ecoboost petrol

1.5 litre Ti-VCT petrol

1.6 litre Flexifuel (allowing use of Brasil's alcohol based fuels)

2.0 litre chain cam petrol (as shown at Amsterdam)

1.5 litre diesel.

Transmissions are 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch Powershift but not all of these powertrains will be used in Europe.

Though the EcoSport is or will be built in Brazil, China and India, cars for the UK will be built in Europe.

February 2013

Ford unveiled Europe-ready version of EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport engine range includes a 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, along with a 112PS 1.5-litre petrol and a 90PS 1.5-litre diesel. Ford is keen to promote the level of safety equipment the EcoSport boasts, including Ford SYNC – which will automatically connect the occupants of the vehicle with emergency services local to the area.

It’ll even send the car’s exact location to emergency services based on GPS data, and it will play an introductory message in the correct language for whatever region the car is in. The EcoSport also feature various apps including Spotify via its touch-screen infotainment system care of AppLink – something along the lines of the Apple App Store.

Now has similar coil-sprung twist-beam rear suspension to Fiesta and Courier rather than the plain beam seen originally. Measurements: 3,999mm long x 1,765mm wide x 1,708mm high. Wheelbase: 2,520mm. Front Track: 1,524mm. Ground Clearance: 200mm. Load Space: 346 litres, expanding to 705 litres to waist height with seats folded. Turning radius: 5.3 metres. Fule tank size: 52 litres.

Ford EcoSport Prices

Titanium 1.5 112PS 5-speed manual £14,995

Titanium 1.5 112PS 6-Speed 6-speed dry clutch Powershift £16,495

Titanium 1.0 EcoBoost 125PS 5-speed manual £15,995

Titanium 1.5TDCI 91PS 5-speed manual £16,495

Titanium X 1.5 112PS 5-speed manual £15,995

Titanium X 1.5 112PS 6-Speed 6-speed dry clutch Powershift £17,495

Titanium X 1.0 EcoBoost 125PS 5-speed manual £16,995

Titanium X 1.5TDCI 91PS 5-speed manual £17,495

Performance

1.5 112PS EU5 5-speed manual: 140Nm torque; 149g/km CO2; 44.8mpg combined; top speed 107mph; 0-62mph 13 seconds.

1.5 112PS EU5 6-speed PowerShift: 140Nm torque; 149g/km CO2; 44.8mpg combined; top speed 107mph; 0-62mph 13.8 seconds.

1.0 125PS EcoBoost EU5 5-speed manual: 170Nm torque; 125 g/km CO2; 53.3mpg combined; top speed 112mph; 0-62mph 12.4 seconds.

1.5 TDCI 90PS 5-speed manual: 204Nm torque; 120g/km CO2; 61.4mpg combined; top speed 99mph; 0-62mph 13.7 seconds.

July 2015

Updated Ford Ecosport goes on sale

The enhanced Ford EcoSport, offering styling upgrades, improved driving dynamics and new equipment is available to order for October delivery.

Customers can now specify the EcoSport without a rear-mounted spare wheel. Interior improvements include standard partial leather seats for Titanium models and additional chrome detailing.

Convenience and comfort are also enhanced with a Winter Pack – featuring heated windscreen, heated mirrors and heated front seats. EcoSport driving dynamics have been improved with revisions to the springs, dampers, rear torsion beam, Electronic Stability Programme, and Electronic Power Assisted Steering settings.

Prices for the enhanced EcoSport, available with Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, 1.5-litre petrol engine or 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, start from £14,245.

Ford EcoSport models specified without the rear-mounted spare wheel feature a tyre mobility kit as standard, while the rear swing-gate design for those vehicles also has been revised to allow easier access to the bootspace with partial opening. All models now feature a distinctive EcoSport badge on the rear.

Inside, partial leather seats are offered as standard on Titanium models, privacy glass is available for all EcoSport trim levels, while the Winter Pack also adds rear seat ventilation at floor level to improve comfort for rear passengers in cold weather.

The restyled interior has a charcoal black lower instrument panel, centre console and door boards. The instrument cluster now features a light dimming function and chrome-surround rings to match the electric window switches.

All EcoSport models are equipped with Ford’s SYNC voice-controlled connectivity system feature a 4-inch colour display in the centre console.

Refinement has been enhanced with thicker sound deadening materials in the doors and dashboard, as well as tighter seals around the pedals. Engineand gearbox matching has been revised to offer more low speed torque and better drivability.

A stiffer rear torsion beam offers greater control of body roll, and revised spring and shock absorber rates improve damping. A 10mm reduction in ride height lowers the EcoSport’s centre of gravity for improved handling, and Electronic Stability Control and power steering systems also have been specifically tuned for European roads.

The 1.5-litre TDCi also now offers 95PS, a 5PS improvement, and delivers 64.2mpg and 115g/km. The 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 52.3mpg and 125g/km, while the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT engine delivers 44.8mpg and 149g/km. All engines now meet Euro Stage 6 emissions standards.

September 2015

Ford EcoSport for 2016 now offered with option of no spare wheel on the side-hinged rear door.

The rear door design has been revised to allow easier access to the bootspace with partial opening. Inside, new part-leather seats are standard on Titanium models and privacy glass is available for all EcoSport trim levels. A new Winter Pack offers a heated windscreen, heated mirrors and heated front seats, as well as rear seat ventilation at floor level to improve comfort for rear passengers in cold weather.

The restyled interior delivers a contemporary, more upscale feel with new high quality leather for the steering wheel, and a charcoal black lower instrument panel, centre console and door boards. The instrument cluster now features a light dimming function and chrome-surround rings to match the electric window switches.

EcoSport models equipped with Ford’s SYNC voice-controlled connectivity system feature a 4‑inch colour display in the centre console. The handbrake lever positioning for all enhanced EcoSport models has been optimised to make it easier to reach and use.

Noise, vibration and harshness levels have been reduced with thicker sound deadening materials in the doors and dashboard, as well as tighter seals around the pedals, for a more refined interior environment and quieter journeys. Engine and gearbox matching has been revised to offer more low speed torque and better drivability.

Significant improvements to the EcoSport’s driving dynamics are delivered following development work at the Ford Lommel Proving Ground, Belgium, where 50 miles of test tracks include exact replicas of real road surfaces from around the world.

A stiffer rear torsion beam offers greater control of body roll, and revised spring and shock absorber rates improve damping. A 10mm reduction in ride height lowers the EcoSport’s centre of gravity for improved handling, and Electronic Stability Control and power steering systems also have been specifically tuned for European roads.

The 1.5-litre TDCi offers 95PS, delivers 64.2mpg and 115g/km while the 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers 52.3mpg and 125g/km CO2.

January 2018

Ford Ecosport heavily revised for 2018. Now built at Craiova in Romania. Price rise of an average £2,000 (now £17,495 to £20,295) covers better quality plastics and plenty of tech including cruise control, a rearview camera and SYNC3. A 6.5-inch touchscreen comes as standard and grows to 8.5-inches for the range-topper. There’s also a fancy B&O Play stereo. ST-line brings more colours to choose from, bigger alloy wheels, a body kit and a sports suspension. The 'EcoBlue' 1.5-litre TDCi 125PS engine is more efficient with lower NOx. 1.0 Ecoboosts have 125PS or 140PS and, crucially, are now available with a 6- speed torque converter transmission instead of the 6-speed Powershift that tended to go through clutch packs every few years.

What does a Ford EcoSport (2014) cost?

List Price from £18,655
Buy new from £16,250
Contract hire from £190.34 per month