Ford EcoSport Review 2023
Ford EcoSport At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 9–15
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
The Ford EcoSport might be an on-trend small SUV, but it certainly isn't the brand's finest hour. A well-priced post-2017 used model is an okay buy, but as a new car it's a very difficult sell next to the Ford Puma, which is a far better all-rounder and barely any more expensive. Check out our Ford EcoSport review to find out why.
The Ford EcoSport arrived in 2014, just as the small SUV craze was starting to gather pace. The hugely popular Nissan Juke saw other makers scrambling for a piece of the pie, and Ford's solution was a simple one.
The Ford Fiesta-based EcoSport first launched in Brazil back in 2012, and as Blue Oval bosses pushed a global car agenda it was deemed good enough - with some tweaks - to be sold in Europe. The 2014-2017 versions were built in India and imported, but were criticised for their poor quality, ride and refinement.
Ford of Europe decided it needed to up its game, making changes to the suspension and claiming quality improvements in 2015. But further efforts were needed, and from late 2017 the Ford EcoSports that sold in Europe and the UK were instead built in Romania in an effort to further raise quality.
By this point the EcoSport was facelifted and more competitive, and was available with the very well-received 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder turbo engine. But the writing was already on the wall, and more accomplished models such as the Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic were on the scene.
We'd have thought Ford would've dropped the EcoSport by now, but as of 2022 it's still available to order. Newer rivals are setting much higher standards, not least the Ford Puma which is much nicer to drive, roomier, better built and basically the same price, particularly when it comes to leasing.
The Ford EcoSport does have some positives, namely that strong Ecoboost engine, a good standard equipment list and a commanding driving position. But it's now off the pace in terms of its ride and handling, its refinement, plus its interior space and design. There's also that dated, awkward side-hinged tailgate to really show its age.