Ford has been singing praises of their compact SUV EcoSport
with their award winning 1.0 EcoBoost petrol engine, and it came out with
flying colours in our previous test. Fantastic car, job well done Ford! But it
is its diesel brother which is gaining a sizeable chunk of sales. Be in no
doubt that the 1.0 EcoBoost is the better car, but due to a slightly higher
price tag and our acceptance of diesel vehicles over petrol versions, the
diesel brother wins more favours. We spent a few days with the diesel variant
and emerge as happy as we were with the petrol brother.
The EcoSport has powerful presence on the road. The looks
instantly separate it from other sub-10 lakh cars. It looks big and imposing
and you tend to take it for a much expensive vehicle than it actually is. The
robust side skirts and flared wheel arches lend it a tough appeal. Aggression
comes from the trapezoidal front grille and the rakish headlamps. Then are the
distinctive alloys and the sharp shoulder line which lend a sporty appearance.
As a complete package the EcoSport is a magnificent piece of design. Ford has
successfully captured every detail that one would want in their next car.
The best possible words that we would use for the interior
would be ‘just right’. Everything that you need in a car is all there, and
some. There is sufficient leg room and headroom for generously sized adults. You
get a nice commanding view of the road ahead. The instrument cluster is very
legible and the trip computer holds ample information. The Bluetooth
connectivity option lets you pair your phone with the car and allows you to
make calls comfortably on the move. The Microsoft SYNC application essentially
lets you talk to the car and tell it what to do through voice recognition.
Particular praise goes to the climate control system which
is incredible in cooling. It chills the cabin faster than cars priced way above
this bracket. And then is the music system which is good enough to win praises
from music aficionados for its clarity and depth. One tiny problem was that the
seats are a bit hard. Long journeys might become a bit uncomfortable for taller
passengers due to less thigh support.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE
This 1.5 litre diesel engine is the same that performs duty
on the Fiesta, and we all know that is a pretty good unit. Ford has worked a
wee bit to squeeze more power out of it, but it is very unlikely anybody will
notice. You get nearly 90bhp of power available and a healthy torque figure of
204Nm to play around with. The gearbox is slick and effortless. The 150kmph
mark was achieved quiet easily. Under traffic conditions, and believe us Delhi
is one of the worst at rush hour, the EcoSport behaved calmly and kept us
comfortable. The high driving position gives you a better idea of the cars
dimensions. Yes, you might just step in and complain that you cannot see the
bonnet, but with a bit of practice it all fits perfectly.
The steering is very light and responsive. And that gets
coupled with the soft suspension to give passengers a comfortable ride,
isolating every road imperfection. The downside of this combination comes in
the form of a bouncy ride on some roads and a steering that lacks feel. But
again that is a very deep observation and most of the customers will not even
notice this. However there is just one problem that they will notice that are
the weak head lamps. The spread is decent but the illumination is just not up
to the mark.
At the end of the day a car is what it makes you feel, and
you feel amazing in the EcoSport. It looks great, handles well, comes with all
the toys imaginable and has a decent engine. Then there is the fuel efficiency,
which we reckon will range between 16-18kmpl under everyday driving conditions.
In terms of practicality there is ample room in the cabin, plenty of clubby
holes to keep things and you get big boot. Glorious Ford, the EcoSport is an
ace of spades.
ECOSPORT TITANIUM DIESEL SPECIFICATIONS
Brake: Front/ Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
McPherson strut/Semi-independent twist beam
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