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Ford ECOSPORT DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD

Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
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Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD
Ford ECOSPORT 1.5 TDCi 125 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr AWD

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG62.70
  • 0-62mph11.3 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02119 g/km
  • BHP125
  • Torque221 lbs/f
  • P11D27%

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 more efficient 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, sleeker styling and a much classier interior with more sophisticated infotainment technology. In short, it's a far better product all-round.

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The EcoSport, Ford's most compact SUV, has been substantially improved, with smarter styling, a completely upgraded cabin, a fresh 4WD option and an efficient new 1.5-litre diesel engine. Jonathan Crouch reports

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 has been continually moving to rejuvenate the car. In 2015, tweaks to the suspension improved the ride, plus buyers got the option to do without the rear-mounted spare wheel. In 2016, a pokier 140PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was added in at the top of the range. A year on from that, the EcoSport was more fundementally revised, with sleeker exterior looks, an all-new cabin and a fresh 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, all of this creating the rejuvenated model line-up we're going to look 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 now gets a choice of five engines, three petrol units and two diesels. Petrol-wise, Ford's award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost three cylinder engine is available in 100, 125 and 140PS guises. The 125PS petrol variant can be ordered with the option of auto transmission. If you want a diesel, there's the choice of a 100PS 1.5 TDCi unit and front wheel drive or Ford's latest 1.5-litre 125PS EcoBlue powerplant mated either to front wheel drive or to the brand's 'Intelligent All Wheel Drive' system. Intelligent All Wheel Drive measures how the car's wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds - twenty times quicker than it takes to blink. The system seamlessly transitions torque between all four wheels and provides a more secure footing on the road especially in slippery conditions. Ford says that this model has been developed to deliver ride and handling tuned specifically for customers in Europe, with optimised springs, dampers, spring aids, steering gear, Electronic Stability Programme settings and steering assistance profiles.

Design and Build

The EcoSport's styling has been brought more into line with the look of Ford's larger SUVs, the Kuga and the Edge. A more sculpted bonnet with a central bulge delivers a cleaner front-end appearance and the front-end design is now dominated by a smarter 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 have also been revised to deliver a cleaner, more sculpted appearance. Customers can continue to choose a boot-mounted spare wheel option. Inside, there are easier to use controls and soft-touch materials, plus a new centre console featuring fewer buttons. New seats designs improve long distance comfort and there's an optional adjustable interior lighting system that can be set to one of seven colours. Smart stowage solutions include a new height adjustable boot floor that can be raised to provide concealed storage, or lowered to increase luggage capacity to 334 litres. That new centre console features a built-in folding, sliding passenger armrest with a storage compartment ideal for tablet computers or snacks. 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

As before, most EcoSports wuill be sold priced in the £16,000 to £20,000 bracket. At the top of the range, there's a sporty 'ST-Line' variant. Equipment levels have been improved and now include Ford's sophisticated 'SYNC 3' communications and entertainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring systems. The 'SYNC 3' set-up is supported by a floating colour touchscreen, which can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures and is available in 6.5 and 8-inch sizes. Base models make do with a smaller less sophisticated 4.2-inch monitor. Go for the bigger displays and you'll be offered the option of a 'B&O PLAY' 10-speaker surround sound system. More optional technology now available includes cruise control with an adjustable speed limiter that helps drivers keep within speed limits. And a rear view camera that makes parking more efficient and safer. You can also have automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, an upgraded 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster and power-foldable mirrors. Safety technology includes an optional Blind Spot Information System that can alert the driver to vehicles approaching alongside. And standard Roll Stability Control that adjusts engine torque and braking to help drivers maintain control. Improved occupant protection now includes driver and passenger front airbags, a driver knee airbag, new side airbags and new curtain airbags. Plus the 'Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance' system directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident in the correct language for the region, using information from the vehicle's on-board GPS unit and mobile network to pinpoint the accident location.

Cost of Ownership

Economy and emissions aren't too far off the vehicle this car is based upon, the Fiesta. There's been some small controversy around the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine not making anything like its claimed fuel economy figures in real world conditions, but that can be said of many small capacity turbocharged petrol engines. It's just a quirk of the NEDC fuel testing program. The 125PS variant claims to manage 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and 125g/km of CO2, while for the 140PS model, the figures are 52.3mpg and 125g/km. The new 125PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine mated up to Intelligent All Wheel Drive delivers 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km of CO2.

Summary

In this guise, the Ford EcoSport seems to be a much more promising prospect. It looks a more serious product - and is - in almost every respect. Plus, as before, it's practical and decently equipped. Ride and refinement are now very good by class standards too - and the SYNC 3 connectivity system is brilliant. All these reasons will combine with the small SUV segment's current popularity to ensure that Ford will probably sell as many of these as they can import. My daughter, for example, would love one. It is, as ever, a case of giving the market what it wants.

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Entertainment
7 speakers
Exterior Features
Body coloured door mirrors
Silver roof rails
Solid paint
'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front door threshold plates
Front fog lights
Front grille with chrome trim surround
Headlight levelling control
High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
LED daytime running lights
Power foldable door mirrors with puddle lights
Power front and rear windows with global opening/closing
Rain sensing front wipers
Rear wiper
Interior Features
Heated front seats
12V socket in front and rear
60/40 split rear seats
7 shade adjustable ambient lighting
Centre console with sliding front armrest
Cooled glovebox
Courtesy lights with map reading light
Driver seat height/lumbar adjust
Driver's side glovebox
Driver/passenger sunvisors and lidded vanity mirrors
EATC - Electronic Auto Temperature control
Folding grab handles
Footwell ambient lighting
Front head restraints
Front seat back map pockets
Front/rear floor mats
Full leather upholstery
Illuminated glovebox
Illuminated luggage compartment
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
Leather steering wheel with audio controls
Luggage compartment carpet
Overhead console with sunglasses holder
Rake adjustable rear seats
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear headrests
Steering wheel with chrome inserts
Storage drawers under front seats
Tie down hooks
Variable boot floor
Security
Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button
Immobiliser
Remote central locking
Thatcham 1 volume sensing alarm
Wheels
17" 10 spoke flash grey machined alloy wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Driver Convenience
Cruise control
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
PAS
SYNC 3 nav system with DAB radio, 8" screen, voice control, emergency assistance, Apple car play/Android auto, 2x USB, Ford pass connect
Trip computer
Packs
Rear view camera pack - Ecosport
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS
Child locks on rear doors
Curtain airbags
Driver airbag
Drivers knee airbag
Electronic Stability Programme with hill launch assist
Emergency brake assist
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front side airbags
MyKey system
Passenger airbag
Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 125
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 58.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 55.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 42.2
WLTP - MPG - High 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 47.9
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 125
Coin Description EcoBlue 125
Coin Series Titanium [Lux Pack]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 16E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 120000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11.3
Engine Power - BHP 125
Engine Power - KW 92
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 221
Engine Torque - MKG 30.6
Engine Torque - NM 300
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear 205/50 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 10 SPOKE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1653
Height (including roof rails) 1713
Length 4096
Wheelbase 2519
Width 1765
Width (including mirrors) 2057
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 52
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1238
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 356
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £408.99 p/m £12.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £423.99 p/m £43.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £434.99 p/m £66.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £317.99 p/m £23.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £334.99 p/m £51.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £350.99 p/m £81.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £276.99 p/m £32.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £291.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £306.99 p/m £99.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £489.99 p/m £14.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £508.99 p/m £51.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £521.99 p/m £80.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £381.99 p/m £27.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £401.99 p/m £61.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £420.99 p/m £98.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £331.99 p/m £38.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £350.99 p/m £72.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £367.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert £350.00
Front parking sensor £150.00
Entertainment
B and O PLAY in car audio premium sound system with 10 speakers £450.00
CD player £150.00
Exterior Features
Additional Premium paint £500.00
Agate black contrast roof and door mirrors £250.00
Detachable towbar £500.00
Exclusive paint £650.00
Power operated opening sunroof £400.00
Premium paint £250.00
Rear privacy glass £250.00
Packs
Comfort pack - Ecosport £300.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Luxe yellow £650.00
Exclusive paint - Magnetic £650.00
Exclusive paint - Silk £650.00
Premium paint - Agate Black £500.00
Premium paint - Frozen white £250.00
Premium paint - Lightning blue £500.00
Premium paint - Moondust silver £500.00
Solid - Race red FOC
Security
Keyless entry and keyless start with power start button £300.00
Trim
Full leather - Ebony FOC
Wheels
18" 5 spoke flash grey machined alloy wheels £450.00
* option prices shown are estimated