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2018 (18) Ford Ecosport 1.0 EcoBoost 125 ST-Line 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Ford Power' starter buttonCruise control + speed limiter
Easy fuel capless refuelling systemPAS
Rear parking sensors and rear view cameraTrip computer
Voice control system 

Entertainment

Steering wheel mounted audio controls 

Exterior Features

'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jetsAmbient light
Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic headlights
Black roof railsBody colour door handles
Body coloured bumpersBody styling kit
Electric heated door mirrorsFront fog lights
Headlight levelling controlHigh gloss black front grille surround
Large rear spoilerLED daytime running lights
Rain sensor windscreen wipersRear wiper

Interior Features

12V socket in front and rear60/40 split rear seats
Ambient interior lightingCentre console with sliding front armrest
Cooled gloveboxCourtesy lights with map reading light
Driver's side gloveboxDriver/passenger sunvisors and lidded vanity mirrors
EATC - Electronic Auto Temperature controlFolding grab handles
Footwell ambient lightingFront head restraints
Front seat back map pocketsFront/rear floor mats
Height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar supportIlluminated glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartmentIsofix system on outer rear seats
Luggage compartment carpetOverhead console with sunglasses holder
Part leather upholsteryPerforated leather steering wheel with red stitching + gear knob
Rake adjustable rear seatsReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear headrestsStainless steel sports pedals
Steering wheel with chrome insertsStorage drawers under front seats
Tie down hooksVariable boot floor

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS
Child locks on rear doorsCurtain airbags
Driver airbagDrivers knee airbag
Electronic Stability ProgrammeEmergency brake assist
Front passenger airbag deactivationFront side airbags
Hill launch assistMyKey system
Passenger airbagSeatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
Traction controlTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

ImmobiliserRemote central locking
Thatcham 1 volume sensing alarm 

Technical

Sports suspension 

Wheels

Tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.497CO2 (g/km)119
HC0.051Noise Level dB(A)69
NOx0.044Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)71.9Cylinders - Stroke (mm)82
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)53.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)60.1EC Urban (mpg)45.6

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power125
Coin DescriptionEcoBoost 125Coin SeriesST-Line
Generation Mark2Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0712E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months120Timing Belt Interval Mileage150000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11Engine Power - BHP125
Engine Power - KW92Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6000Engine Torque - LBS.FT125
Engine Torque - MKG17.3Engine Torque - NM170
Engine Torque - RPM4100Top Speed111

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/50 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 SPOKEWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1653Height (including roof rails)1713
Length4096Wheelbase2519
Width1765Width (including mirrors)2057

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)52Gross Vehicle Weight1730
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1238Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)356
Max. Loading Weight525Max. Roof Load40
Max. Towing Weight - Braked900Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1205No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Ford EcoSport

The EcoSport, Ford's most compact SUV, still has an appeal for the right kind of customer. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The Ford EcoSport uses tried and tested Fiesta mechanicals to offer buyers a small SUV with added ride height and chunky good looks. Now it's got a trendy 'Active' lifestyle variant too.

Background

Ford didn't rush into bringing us a supermini-based Crossover model. Indeed, the market was awash with the things by the time the brand brought us its own take in this genre, the Fiesta-based EcoSport, in the Spring of 2014. Even so, there were signs that all was not quite right with the product planning. Early buyers questioned the car's refinement, its driving dynamics, its interior and the need to drive around with a huge great spare wheel hanging off the back of the tailgate. Fortunately though, Ford was listening. So, the brand updated the car in both 2015 and 2016, before fundementally changing it in 2018 to create the version we're looking at here. As before, the chunky looks offer up a bit of Amazonian attitude, even if in truth, this car is more Cbeebies than SAS in its take on hostile streetlife. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

The EcoSport range is now based around Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, mainly offered in 125PS guise, but also available in 140PS form in the mid-range 'ST-Line' version. You can now only have manual transmission and front wheel drive. The news that an EcoSport is based on a Ford Fiesta should certainly set you off in a positive frame of mind when it comes to the drive on offer. The issue though, is one of exactly what would happen to a Fiesta if you gave it a relatively lofty 190mm ride height, 136kgs of extra weight and a chunky high-riding body. After all, even Ford's chassis engineers aren't miracle workers, something which is fairly evident from the driving experience served up by this car. To be fair, the Blue Oval brand has much improved it, tweaking the springs, dampers and steering of this revised model in order to make it better suit European roads. And there have been some wins as part of that process. The consistent and well-weighted steering for example, is way better than before. Plus the brakes are impressive, the shift change of the 6-speed manual gearbox is slick and highway cruising is pretty refined. Ultimately though, what could be achieved here was rather limited by the high, boxy shape, a big contributing factor to the way the car feels uncomfortable with fast cornering or sudden directional changes at speed. It also rides quite stiffly on its firm suspension. Still, it's nothing you couldn't live with and most likely buyers won't want to drive on their door handles anyway.

Design and Build

The EcoSport's styling at the time of its 2018 facelift was brought more into line with the look of Ford's larger SUVs. A sculpted bonnet with a central bulge delivers a clean front-end appearance and the front-end design is dominated by a smart trapezoidal grille design and distinctive angular headlights that incorporate LED daytime running lights. Angular fog light housings complete a front three quarter profile that was apparently inspired by the straps of a rucksack and was designed to reflect an adventurous character. The EcoSport's rear bumper and tail light designs also deliver a clean, sculpted appearance. Inside, you get an 8-inch SYNC centre-dash infotainment screen which features navigation, 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smart-phone mirroring. The rear seat of an EcoSport is a surprisingly pleasant place to be thanks not only to the high, airy roofline but also to the fact that the rear seats are set slightly above those in the front for a better view out. At the back, that side-hinged tailgate still accesses a load space that Ford reckons is big enough to swallow a 560-litre washing machine - once the 60/40 split rear seats are folded, that is.

Market and Model

You can't have a poverty-spec EcoSport any more, so pricing starts a little higher than you might expect - at around £21,000 for the base 'Titanium'-spec version. Another £800 gets you the 'ST-Line' trim most will want with 125PS: it's £400 more for the perkier 140PS version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit. The top 'Active' version costs the same as a 125PS 'ST-Line' model - just under £22,000. You'll spot the 'Active' version of the EcoSport by its 17-inch Y-design dark-inset alloy wheels, black painted roof and rear privacy glass. Or perhaps by its black body kit, which sees that colour applied to the headlamp bezels, the wheel mouldings, the front grille bars and the lower body side claddings. You also get Sport halogen tail lamps. Inside in an 'Active' model, there's partial Sensico upholstery with leather inserts and blue stitching. The thing that rather gives away the reality that this isn't an all-new generation design is the fact that it can't be had with many of the camera-driven safety features you'll find with more recently introduced rivals. So you'll look in vain on the spec sheet for things like autonomous braking and lane departure warning. Some compensation here though, lies in the fact that every EcoSport comes as standard with the potentially life-saving 'Emergency Assistance' set-up that competitors would make you pay extra for. In the event of an accident, this system will automatically call the rescue services to summon assistance anywhere you might be in Europe. It's also worth mentioning that a' Blind Spot Information System' is available at extra cost - one of those set-ups that warns you if, on the move, you're about to dangerously pull out in front of another vehicle.

Cost of Ownership

It's a lot harder to get a boxy Crossover model to return efficient fuel and CO2 returns than it is with a conventional supermini or family hatchback. To illustrate the point, let's look at the WLTP figures of the 125PS 1.0-litre variant most will choose. This returns 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 136g/km of CO2 - which is some way off the figures the same unit will deliver in a comparable Ford Fiesta - but probably acceptable, given the extra 136kgs of kerb weight this car must cart around. I mention kerb weight: Ford makes a lot of the way that this model's Boron steel construction reduces weight while increasing structural strength. That may be so but the fact still remains that an EcoSport weighs more than virtually all its direct segment rivals. When it comes too booking your EcoSport in for a check-up, you can do this online through the 'My Ford' portal. This is part of the 'Ford BlueService' scheme that wraps up all of the care and maintenance of your car into one bundle that also includes a free 30-point 'eCheck' of vital parts. Here, any work required will be highlighted with red, amber or green traffic light warnings on a report you'll be given that will rank items needing attention in order of their importance. There's also the 'Ford Service App' that you can download to your phone for free. It lets you locate your nearest dealer to make maintenance bookings.

Summary

This EcoSport still has a little life left in it. It won't handle anything like as well as a comparable Puma - or deliver that mild hybrid model's standards of efficiency, but if you don't really care very much about either of those things and you want a small Ford SUV, you'll find plenty to like here. The visual embellishment of the top 'Active' version is well judged. And with any EcoSport, at the wheel, you'll sit higher than you probably would in that alternative 'B'-segment SUV model you've maybe been thinking of. Ultimately, it's been hard for Ford to get round this model's fundamentally South American origins. But in this form, the EcoSport makes more sense than it ever has before. My daughter, for example, would love one. It is, as ever, a case of giving the market what it wants.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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