Car Review – Ford EcoSport Titanium
Motoring expert Sue Cooke test drives the new Ford EcoSport Titanium.
For about half an hour, I sat pondering and fiddling and trying to work out what part of the Ford EcoSport, was showing in the diagram in the handbook, before having a lightbulb moment. How to open the boot is actually very clever. The diagram is the rear light which wraps around the rear and side of the car. There is a chrome trim. On the driver’s side the chrome trim is a lift up handle and open sesame! Now that would stop anyone breaking into the boot, for at least half an hour and if they had time to read the handbook!
There is a wealth of safety and security technology in this compact Sports Utility Vehicle, a sector which is the fastest growing, by 19 per cent in 2018. The EcoSport, is leading Ford retail sales and is the number one choice for private buyers in the sector.
It is such an easy car to drive, handle and manoeuvre. The addition of all-wheel drive gives extra safety on slippery or flooded surfaces. Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter is very helpful to encourage the driver to automatically keep below the speed limit. A rear view camera encourages more confident reversing. All making it unsurprising that 96% of readers of Good Housekeeping, found the EcoSport as very good/excellent, and 91% would recommend it to friends and family.
Standard equipment includes SYNC 3 Navigation and emergency assistance. Dials have large numbers and blue indicators and clearly remind you of what speed you are doing. There is a large 8” touchscreen centre dash and easy to twiddle volume and tune in buttons for the DAB radio.
Ford constantly comes up with innovative technology and a more pressing problem is to tackle thieves who target keyless entry fobs using a ‘relay box’ to unlock and start vehicles. Ford has introduced a new motion sensor inside the key fob which detects when the car has been stationary for longer than 40 seconds and triggers a sleep mode which will not respond to attempts to hack its signal.
In the cabin the EcoSport offers wide seats and an option on the road test car was an opening sunroof. The interior feels light and airy and there was a good amount of width between myself and my passenger. In the rear the flat floor means that three people can be easily accommodated. Visibility all round is good and an extra window in front of the A frame provides a little extra clear sight.
Once you have tackled the tailgate release, inside you will find a hidden space underneath the main boot space, which provides a secure place to hide valuables. There are also many storage spaces inside the cabin.
The model I road tested was powered by the punchy 1.5 litre EcoBlue TDCI. There is also a 1 litre Ecoboost petrol engine with lower CO2 emissions of 120g/km. Ford says that the most popular model, with 41 per cent of sales is the performance inspired ST-Line, equipped with body styling kit and 17 inch alloy wheels. The most popular colour is Blue Lightning, accounting for 28 per cent of sales.
Ford’s SUV market share has continued to grow in 2018 for the third year in a row, and SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe. The compact Ford Ecosport has helped to fuel the company’s best-ever sales.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Ford EcoSport Titanium
Price: £23,655 otr without options
Engine: 1.5T Eco Blue TDCI start/stop 6 speed manual AWD
Performance: 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 112mph
CO2 emissions: 140g/km
Combined fuel consumption: 43.5mpg (WLTP figures)