It seems that the current year belongs to the American auto giant, which is presently giving a hard time to others currently operating in the Philippines market. Crossing the sales bar with every passing month, it looks that Filipinos have created a sweet spot for this American auto marque. Challenging the likes of auto giants from Japan isn’t a walk in the park but it seems that Ford has decided to walk like a king in this park. Contributing majorly to this growth are the models that endorse practicality, style and performance. First in the list is the sturdy SUV, Everest which is followed by another practical crossover from its fleet, EcoSport, which is our hot pick for today. Discover more to find out what it really packs within that cute looking sheet of metal.
Based on the Ford Fiesta, the first ever EcoSport was produced in 2003, which started to market in Brazil from 2004 to 2012. The built then was gross and heavy while the second generation EcoSport adorned a much cuter look. The latest generation EcoSport was out in the global market back in 2013 and since then it has created an aura of itself. Designed to fit in every possible circumstance, the groovy crossover from America looks promising as far as rapid growing crossover market in the Philippines is concerned.
At the first glance, you’ll be surprised, amazed and fascinated by the looks of this crossover as the designers have successfully drafted in multiple styling characteristics to the EcoSport. Aggressive, cute, petite, subtle and beefed up, all these adjectives compliment the looks of EcoSport perfectly by some or the other angle. Look at the multiple level razor grille up front and you won’t deny the fact that it looks bold, aggressive and ready to roar machine while taking your eye towards its side profile you’d get a sense of cuteness and beefed up hatch feel. Complementing the forceful front are the swept back headlamps, circular fog lamps with black housing, non-painted lower cladding and nicely creased hood. Moving to its side are the elements which account for its blissful appeal including the door mounted ORVMs with turn indicators, character creases, lines and black cladding lower down that run across its side profile. Plus, there are quite prominent wheel arches on its side that house 16-inch alloy wheels on the variants except the base variant, which comes fitted with 15-inch steel wheels with covers.
Not many auto manufacturers are proficient to give their cars an amiable ending but thankfully Ford isn’t one of them. The rear side of the EcoSport has been styled with same perfection as the front, which features a spare wheel fitted to the side opening tailgate and wrap-around tail lamps that nicely conceal the rear gate.
Step inside the cabin and you’d be delightful to see the ambience. The funky, quirky appeal of outside has been carried in well, which calls for an applaud. The cabin looks quite sporty and unorthodox, which may or may not appeal to you. As a personal opinion, the brand’s try to make it different from the league is worth a praise. The all-black interior grants the car a sporty touch, which further gets decked up by the presence of silver accents at the centre console, speedometer cluster, steering wheel and AC air vents. Although, the feel becomes more compact due to a dark shade but it is an acceptable point from the company’s counterpart. A creative centre console and unique placements call for ergonomic factor as well, which I suppose the brand has managed to do it just fine.
The front as well as the rear seats come with adequate cushioning and support. Plus, the red stitching over the same make it look even more sporty. The head and legroom aren’t a matter of concern if you are driving the EcoSport while the higher seating position give you a sense of an SUV even if you aren’t a part of a real full-size one. Not many cars offer an ideal lumbar support, but it’s not the case with EcoSport. The aspect in the picture here is the adjustment between the heavy and bulky passengers at the rear. Two adults with gross built fit with ease in rear while the third of the same built is surely an unwelcomed one.
If you a music lover then the stock audio system fitted inside the car would surely take you to the cloud nine. The output yielded by the system is just ideal to grant to a blissful feeling. It comes with SYNC feature and USB/AUX connectivity that allows you to play your tracks while you are on the go. It operates through voice commands too, which makes it even easier for you as a driver to control the system. While, the interesting feature integrated is the volume compensation, which means that the volume will go up with the increase in the car’s speed.
Being a crossover, you’d like it to serve more and more, which it does to a significant extent. On the storage front, it takes lead with exceptional storage compartments here and there that come extremely handy when you decide to cruise in for hundreds of kilometres. 9 bottle holders, cooled glovebox, drawer beneath the front passenger seat, generous boot space and space at the centre console for your knicks and knacks make it one of the best practical vehicles present in the market today.
Ford’s development team has blessed it with a 1.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine that comes with the ability to churn out a max power output of 110 PS at 6300 rpm alongside a peak torque of 142 Nm at 4500 rpm. Mingled to a six-speed automatic gearbox, it becomes even more fun to drive. In addition to this, there is an option of the 5-speed manual gearbox that comes with the base as well as with Trend variant.
Driving the Ecosport is one heck of an experience. The engine is peppy and responsive enough to take your orders. Low vibration and NVH levels make the drive even more comfortable while the suspension is reliable to grant you confident to push it through the corners. Plus, it is able to soak in the bumps on the go granting you an experience of a lifetime. Also, the entry of outside noise is restricted and you have a quiet and calm cabin throughout your drive.
Its compact structure is perfect to maneuver through city congested roads which is perfectly complimented by the light steering wheel. Although, it isn’t that light as said by some auto geeks. On highways too, it won’t let you feel unsafe as the tires, the suspension, and the steering form a perfect combination ensuring the car remains stable and steady all the time. However, you might encounter several blind spots especially at the front three-quarters and rear three-quarters. There are parking sensors fitted which ensure that you don’t juggle around the parking spaces and fit in the place flawlessly.
When it comes to safety, brands like Ford, Honda and Volkswagen make sure that their occupants are inside a cocoon. EcoSport is no exception as it comes loaded with safety features like ABS (Anti-lock braking system), Dual front airbags, high mount safety stop lamp and ISOFIX child seat fixings as standard on all the variants. While top of the line variant and one down come with features like Anti-lock brake system with electronic stability control, Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Smart keyless entry with push button start and rear parking sensors.
With almost every aspect covered including practicality, comfort, space and flexibility, EcoSport is certainly a crossover you should look forward to. If you like the bubbled up look of EcoSport, funky interiors and you often hit the pedal for outstations, picnics and weekend getaways then don’t look around for more, this is your fit. Head towards your nearest Ford dealer to know more and grab your edition.
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I bought the EcoSport an year back, and the ownership experience can be best termed as Ecstatic. Ford’s heavy built quality ensures that there aren’t any loose ends and rattling parts. Looks are subjective, but I am in love with the way the Ford EcoSport has been designed. High ground clearance, and a macho-looking front end makes the EcoSport a perfect compact SUV. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is sufficiently potent, and generates enough grunt to keep the occupants moving, despite the condition of roads. Features on offer too are handful, and thus the EcoSport can indeed be termed as the perfect buy for a wide audience.
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