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By Abhishek Katariya on Nov 18, 2021
Things We Like in Ecosport

Ford has been making vehicles with really tough build quality since the beginning, and the Ecosport, despite its compact size and affordability, possesses great build. It classifies under one of the strongest SUVs when it comes to fit and finish, which is comparable to SUVs from one segment above.

Being a compact SUV in today’s time is one tough job, as it has to be one great value for money offering. The Ecosport does offer some really nice and premium comfort and convenience as well as safety features for a vehicle of its class, which makes it one of the most fully loaded compact SUVs.

Following the traditions of its siblings, the Ecosport offers brilliant driving dynamics. The suspension feels sturdy, the feel from steering feels connective and the body roll is well under control, despite having a high ground clearance of nearly 200mm.

Things We Dont Like in Ecosport

Being a sub-four meter compact SUV, the Ecosport falls a bit short in terms of in-cabin space. While the feel in front seats is fantastic, the rear bench feels a bit cramped with limited legroom and knee room, making it a bit uncomfortable for long runs.

While the Ford Ecosport showcases tough build quality, some of the switches as well as dashboard panels comprise of low-quality bits, making it feel a bit low rent at some places.

The Ecosport’s 1.5-litre petrol engine pumps out a decent amount of power and torque outputs, however, the fuel efficiency in urban conditions is a bit underwhelming.

Recent Updates of Ecosport

The Ford EcoSport is a small SUV that is big on looks and technology. This baby Ford SUV is available in 5 variants (Ambiente, Trend(MT/AT), Titanium, and 1.0 Titanium) with prices ranging from PHP 920,000 to PHP 1.19 million. All variants except the 1.0 Titanium are powered by a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT engine which makes 123 PS and 150 Nm. The 1.0-litre engine, on the other hand, makes 125 PS and 170 Nm. Depending on the variant, you can choose between a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Some of the stand-out features of the EcoSport include 17-inch alloy wheels, powered sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, smart keyless entry, HID projector headlamps with DRLs, and SYNC 3 system. Safety kit includes 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, hill descent control, traction control, rear camera with park assist and electronic stability control. You can get the EcoSport in a variety of colours: blue, orange, white, silver, black, and red. 

Ford Ecosport Price

The Ecosport is priced between ₱750,000 and ₱1.19 Million.

Ford Ecosport Variants

There are 4 variants available of Ecosport: 1.5 L Trend MT, 1.5 L Trend AT, 1.5 L Titanium AT and 1.0 L Titanium AT.

Ford Ecosport Power-trains

The Ecosport is powered by a 1498cc 4-cylinder Gasoline engine produces 121 hp of power and 150 Nm of torque and 998cc 4-cylinder Gasoline engine produces 123 hp of power and 170 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic and 5-Speed Manual transmission gearbox.

Ford Ecosport Features

The feature list of Ecosport includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Glove Box Cooling, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Automatic Headlamps, Follow Me Home Headlamps, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Foldable Rear Seat, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Reading Lamp, Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Center Arm Rest, Cup Holders-Front, Bottle Holder, Trunk Light, Vanity Mirror, On Board Computer, Keyless Entry and Central Console Armrest.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear, Integrated 2DIN Audio and Voice Control.

Ford Ecosport Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock and Digital Odometer.

Ford Ecosport Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Fog Lights Front, Fog Lights Rear, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wiper, Rear Window Wiper, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Sun Roof, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna, Chrome Grille, Roof Rail and Adjustable Headlights.

Ford Ecosport Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning, Traction Control and Engine Check Warning.

Ford Ecosport Competitors

The Ecosport Competitors are: Toyota Raize, KIA Stonic, Ford Territory, MG ZS and JAC S2.

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Ecosport is available in 6 different colors - Crystal White, Ingot Silver, Race Red, Absolute Black, Blue Lightning and Canyon Riged.

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Ford Ecosport Review

By Abhishek Katariya on Nov 18, 2021
  • Ecosport Overview
  • Ford Ecosport Interior & Features
  • Ecosport Exterior
  • Ford Ecosport Ride & Handling
  • Ecosport Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Ford Ecosport Braking & Safety
  • Ecosport Verdict

Ecosport Overview

The American automotive marque, Ford, is well-known for its vehicles worldwide. That being said, it is without a doubt that the locals put their loyalty and trust into this automaker as it mainly renders reliable and robust powertrains. One, in particular, is the Ford EcoSport which earned the automaker another best-selling vehicle, specifically among the top three.

The subcompact crossover SUV, EcoSport, was first introduced in 2003. Despite the fact that it took a decade for the EcoSport to set foot on our shores, it managed to draw a lot of interest when it first appeared in early 2014. In fact, it has taken the carmaker to new heights and even served as a jumpstart to the crossover segment here in the Philippines. The crossover then received a facelift in August of 2018, boasting a new look along with new sets of powertrain and transmission setups. Even better, the EcoSport continues to win the hearts of many not just because of its new exceptional modifications but also for its years of well-rendered performance. Up to this day, this crossover steadily gains popularity for its robust, dependable machinery that runs a decent performance, both good on and off tracks. This is proof that the automaker has successfully retained its status as one of the Philippines’ best-selling vehicles.

The Ford EcoSport is a versatile vehicle and a practical option that can be used as a family hauler, freight vehicle, and for the day-to-day commute. To top it off, this suits individuals with a preference of having a car from a reliable carrier good for long-term use, bang for the buck quality, with a spacious cabin and ample amount of cargo space. You can trust that this vehicle can transport you safely and comfortably to your desired location, regardless of where you wish to travel. The top competitors of the EcoSport include the Kia Stonic, Toyota Rush, Ford Territory, MG ZS, and the Hyundai Kona.

Ford Ecosport Interior & Features

While keeping prices at the bare minimum for a crossover, the automaker did a good job constructing the interior functionalities. Thus, the success of this model can be attributed to an even distribution of goodness across all factors.

Surprisingly, the interior cabin of the Ford EcoSport is as impressive as they say. The latest modifications spiced up the cabin design, giving it a more modern look. Stepping inside, you will be greeted with an all-black theme accentuated by silver finishes. However, design-wise, it looks similar to its predecessor, aside from the notable changes seen at the center console, instrument panel, and dashboard. Some other features include a tachometer, electronic multi-tripmeter, digital clock, and digital odometer.

The automaker also gave this vehicle a higher seating position for the full-size SUV drive-feel. In addition, the EcoSport can be had in leather or fabric upholstery, depending on the variant. Specifically, the range-topper is cladded with leather trimmings, whereas the other variants are decked with polyurethane materials and fabric upholstery. Occupants are also given a plethora of cubby holes and slots at the console for their personal use. To boot, it also has a cooled glovebox and approximately twenty storage compartments.

Comfort & Powertrain

For comfort, this crossover offers a fair amount. The seats are comfortable and offer adequate lumbar support. Some features of the top-spec variant come with speed-sensing door locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry with push start/stop button, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and more.

The EcoSport is packed with tech-savvy features that its occupants will undoubtedly appreciate for enhanced comfort and pleasure. For instance, passengers would appreciate the SYNC3 infotainment system, which comes with a touchscreen positioned vertically at the center of the dashboard. This makes it easier to navigate while driving around. To boot, it also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, GPS navigation, and automatic climate control. Some standard features include MP3, AUX-in, USB, iPod, and AM/FM functionalities.

Ecosport Exterior

The exterior design of the EcoSport has always been well-liked by many, hence its popularity worldwide. Despite a few changes to its appearance, the automaker ensured that the design remained comparable to that of its predecessor. Retained design features include the spare tire compartment kept on the crossover’s back end along with the same sculpted sides and boxy shape.

The automaker decided to eliminate the slim upper grille in favor of a more imposing, broader grille with horizontal bars accompanied by larger headlamps on the front fascia. To boot, the crossover is also given a squat bonnet design, small air dam, and more prominent fog lights, for a bolder profile. Besides that, the rear end is given a few minor updates as well; this includes a revamped bumper and taillights. In addition, the top-spec EcoBoost variant features HID Projector headlights to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. With the exception of the higher trims, Trend, and Titanium, which feature 17-inch alloy rims paired with 205/60 R16 tires, models like the Ambiente have 16-inch steel wheels coupled with 195/65 R15 tires. Some other features include a power-adjustable exterior rearview mirror, rain-sensing wiper, rearview window wiper, centrally mounted fuel tank, sunroof, outside rearview mirror turn indicator, integrated antenna, and roof rail.

The Ford EcoSport, in contrast to its competitors, runs on the smaller side. Specifically, it measures 4,325 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width, and 1,656 mm in height with a ground clearance of 200mm. Thanks to its dimension, this crossover gives you peace of mind when driving in rugged terrain, as it can avoid rough patches, potholes, and bumps. In addition, the subcompact crossover is up for grabs in six colors: Crystal White, Ingot Silver, Race Red, Absolute Black, Blue Lightning, and Canyon Ridge.

Passenger & Bootspace

The Ford EcoSport can seat up to five passengers, including the driver. Some of the advantages that encourage individuals to purchase this vehicle include a spacious cabin that can support and provide comfort to a large number of passengers and the opportunity to use considerable luggage space of 705-liters. However, tall passengers in the back seat may feel a little cramped because there isn’t much legroom while the inside is spacious. Although, if you compare your height to that of the average Filipino, the EcoSport still affords more than enough. The concern lies mostly for those above the average size.

Ford Ecosport Ride & Handling

In terms of suspensions, the Ford EcoSport makes use of a McPherson Strut with coil springs at the front while the rear is decked with a semi-independent twist beam with gas and oil-filled shock absorbers. This crossover rides on the Ford B3 Platform as this refers to the automaker’s architecture for subcompact vehicles and SUVs. Aside from that, none of the variants have any issues with Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) as the cabin is also well insulated.

The 5-door Ford EcoSport has a front-engine front-wheel-drive layout. This crossover may have a decent engine; however, the chassis, per se, is not a compatible match. Maneuvering around is easier with the light and responsive EPAS steering wheel, wider tires, and larger 17-inch wheels. This makes it ideal for those who may find it challenging to cruise along the country’s bustling streets. Finally, thanks to its characteristics that make the ride pleasing for both the driver and the occupants, the Ford EcoSport not only gives a comfortable drive-feel, but passengers at the back will appreciate the lack of body roll. The Ford EcoSport not only provides a comfortable driving experience, but passengers in the back will appreciate the lack of body roll, thanks to its qualities that make the ride pleasing for both the driver and the occupants. The vehicle also remains stable owing to its firmer suspension setup. Aside from its few drawbacks, the new modifications improved the drive quality.

Ecosport Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Ford EcoSport is powered by two engine options — a 1.5-liter Inline 4-Cylinder Ti-VCT engine and a 1.0-liter EcoBoost mill. The former is capable of rendering a power output of 121 horsepower and 150 Nm of peak torque. In contrast, the latter can churn a power output of 123 horsepower and a peak torque of 170 Nm. Depending on the variant, the two options can be had with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed Powershift automatic transmission system.

As of 2021, the Ford EcoSport has four variants made available in the local market: 1.5 L Trend MT, 1.5 L Trend AT, 1.5 L Titanium AT, and 1.0 L Titanium AT.

Fuel Consumption

The 1.5-liter Inline 4-Cylinder Ti-VCT engine has a maximum power output of 121 horsepower and a peak torque of 150 Nm, while the 1.0-liter EcoBoost mill produces a power output of 123 horsepower and a peak torque of 170 Nm. Thanks to this, hill climbs and steep parking ramps are not a problem.

The fuel economy of the Ford EcoSport is said to be around 12 to 14 kmpl. On the highway, the Trend variant specifically has a fuel economy of 17.58 kmpl.

Ford Ecosport Braking & Safety

The Ford EcoSport performs impressively in terms of its ability to provide safety. When investing in a vehicle, you should note its capability to render a decent performance, a la mode design, and of course, its ability to secure you and your potential passengers’ safety. Traction control with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is one of its capabilities, which helps to render exceptional control in corners.

Some other features include dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), stability control, front seatbelt reminders, ISOFIX child tethers, and emergency brake light.

The subcompact crossover has not yet been tested by ASEAN NCAP. However, it did receive a 5-star rating from the Australian NCAP with an overall score of 15.14 out of 16 points for frontal-offset impact.

Ecosport Verdict

Is Ford EcoSport a good car to buy?

Filipinos are practical shoppers, and the ability of a car to provide and deliver is often what draws them in nitpicking whichever vehicle they believe will best fit their needs. Because this vehicle is primarily intended for everyday use, consumers considering acquiring it places a higher value on its cost-effectiveness. Given the Ford EcoSport's reasonable performance and proximity to repair centers, owning this vehicle will not be a costly strain in the long run. This has a competitive price range for its segment; particularly, it costs PHP 750,000 to PHP 1.19 Million. Thanks to its modern and sleek design, along with its tech-savvy features, the EcoSport remains one of the hot picks of Filipinos.

Final Words

If you are considering practicality and flexible use, opt for the Ford EcoSport. It can seat a maximum of five passengers, and similar to an SUV, it offers a capacious cabin that provides a generous amount of headroom space, not to mention access to tech-savvy features. If you need extra room for baggage, folding down the rear seats will suffice. And because of its car platform, it renders ease of maneuverability. To boot, its price tag is the best in its class.

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    Abraham Sep 21, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    Buying a Ford Ecosport was actually what my wife insisted. She was so fascinated with its appearance that I couldn't convince her to take a look at the car which I was planning to buy. Honestly speaking I was a bit annoyed but after trying my hands on it, I would like to take my words back. The crossover is Read More

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    Herren Jul 20, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    Barring the limited space at the back, I hardly can find any fault with the Ford Ecosport. It has got the stance of a true-blue SUV, something which is hard to find in the sub-compact SUV category. The turbo-petrol engine is one sweet mill as it offers minimal turbo-lag – no wonders why it is one of the most awarded Read More

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    Remoir Jul 12, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    The Ford Ecosport is a very economical car to own. First of all, this car is available at an affordable price. In today’s world, there is hardly any car that offers such a strong built quality as well as consistent performance at such a decent price. The drive quality of the Ecosport is very impressive, right from the driving position Read More

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    Japheth Jun 18, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    My father gifted me the Ford Ecosport on our anniversary last month and I have been driving this car ever since. Even though I have no experience with SUVs, I am super thrilled with this car. The best part of the Ford Ecosport is how compact its size is! This convenient sizing helps me to handle the car with ease Read More

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    Kenneth May 14, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    The Ford automakers have always been popular among their buyers for the reliability that they offer in their SUV cars. This brand image of Ford was the reason behind my faith while investing in Ford Ecosport that I didn't hesitate even for once. In terms of design, this smart SUV is sleek, spacious, and highly efficient and so far all Read More

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    Tyrone May 06, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    Ford is known for its reliable SUVs. So when I need to buy an SUV for my family, I did not hesitate to invest in the Ford Ecosport. The car is sleek, efficient, and very spacious. We generally take it out for road trips and long drives, and it has not disappointed us even once. It glides smoothly on highways Read More

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    The Ford EcoSport is one such car that has all the qualities that you can expect from a truly powerful offering. The automaker seems to have been refining its offering over time and with Eco Sport’s latest generation offering in the Philippines, the car seems to have reached the perfect stage. The exteriors are top-class, the interiors are a great Read More

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    Angelo Mar 20, 2021 for Ford Ecosport

    I am a proud owner of Ford EcoSport for 2 years and I must say it has given me a spectacular service. The best feature of this car is the aggressive and premium quality layout that turns heads when I drive down the street. It has comfortable and cushioned seats and efficient handling that makes long journeys more fun. Ford Read More

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