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Meet the 2018 Ford Eco Sport

Ford Eco Sport 2018 Model

Ford’s compact SUV gets a bit of an enhancement for 2018:

The Ford EcoSport 2018 Model may not be the first SUV one would reach for but it does offer great value as a compact family vehicle. Though the market for SUV’s is somewhat flooded, compact SUV’s are less competitive with the Hyundai Creta and Suzuki Vitara being the only other cars sharing the battlefield with the EcoSport. The EcoSport still appears to hold the top spot selling over 45 000 units since being introduced to South Africa in 2013. So what’s different for Ford’s littlest Sport Utility Vehicle?

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Exterior Changes:

Ford Eco Sport 2018 ModelFrom the outside it’s pretty obvious the latest EcoSport has been designed to appear bolder and more aggressive. The assertive stylist sets it apart from the previous generation, with a revised bumper and tail light clusters. There is also an addition of LED daytime running lights and a design change to the headlights which appear more angular. The trapezoidal grille puts it all together, giving the EcoSport a fresh and sturdy stance.

Interior & Technology:

Ford Eco Sport 2018 Model Interior

On the inside the EcoSport presents a far cleaner and contemporary cabin, taking inspiration from the New Fiesta launched earlier this year. Fewer buttons and a soft-touch dashboard contribute to the neater presentation of cabin features. Newly designed seats (which are wrapped in leather in the Titanium series) add a level of comfort for riders. Space is great too, with 5 seats and a 334 litre luggage bay. There’s an option to fold rear seats down and bag up to 1 238 litres thereafter.

In terms of connectivity, the EcoSport is rather triumphant with its inclusion of Ford’s sophisticated SYNC3 in the Trend and Titanium derivatives. The voice controlled SYNC3 system offers an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity. On higher spec models the system is accessed via a new 8-inch colour touchscreen while more basic models receive slightly smaller screens.

Looking at safety technology, Electronic Stability Control (with traction control) has been included along with tyre pressure monitoring and Hill Launch Assist. The entry level EcoSport has 6 bags whilst the Trend and Titanium include 7. Cruise control is only available on the higher spec models though rear parking sensors are now standard across the range.

Engine & Drive:

Two engine options exist to power up the EcoSport in South Africa. Choose between the acclaimed 1.0 litre Ecoboost and the 1.5 litre turbo diesel. The mid level Trend and range topper Titanium offer the one litre engine in 6 speed manual or automatic transmission. The diesel is only offered in Ambiente in 5-speed manual transmission. Looking at power the popular 1.0 Ecoboost offers 92 kW/170 Nm of torque whilst the diesel engine provides peak outputs of around 74kW of power and 205 Nm of toque. Both carry relatively average consumption figures of 5.8L/100km on the petrol variant and 4.6L/100km on the diesel.

Verdict:

Lastly, and most importantly, what kind of drive quality can be expected from the new EcoSport? Comfort, consistency and composure. These three words pretty much sum up the driving experience on this baby SUV. It does well on turbulent roads, keeps up a decent level of power and ensures the comfort of those who ride and drive it. It’s certain that Ford has successfully provided its market with a significantly improved version of an already popular vehicle.

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