The new 2019 Ford sub-compact Ecosport slots in under the popular Escape SUV. It’s tiny, but still offers five doors. Style wise, the Ecosport offers neat, inoffensive cute looks, with its tall greenhouse and bigger ground clearance. There is a strong Ford DNA running through the EcoSport with its confident grille and front fascia treatment. A tall and wide cabin does offer versatility and it’s available with a choice of either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and with either a 1.0-litre or 2.0-litre engine. The 2019 Ford EcoSport is offered in four trim lines: S, SE, SES and the top loaded Titanium The larger engine comes standard with four-wheel drive The 2.0-litre GDI four-cylinder offers 166 hp, and 149 lbs.-ft. Transmission is via a six-speed automatic to either FWD or 4WD. The Ecosport range starts at $21,213 for the base model going up to $28,776 for the top version Titanium Ford’s current Sync 3 connectivity. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and there is the cool new Waze application which allows navigation software to show on the car’s display screen. Full Bluetooth and USB connectivity is also present. The larger touchscreen also offers excellent graphics and usability.
The Ecosport interior is neat and attractive looking, you will find plenty of hard black plastic trim as too be expected at this price point, but it all looks of decent quality and is well-fitted. It is little tight in the rear back there, but ample headroom and adequate legroom mitigate this. For such a diminutive vehicle, the rear cabin offers an impressive 592 litres of luggage space behind the rear seats and 1,416 litres when you fold them flat. The rear door is a swing door that opens rightwards toward the curb – handy for shorter person or those with limited upward arm mobility… The Ecosport is an enjoyable to drive and live every day. Fuel economy for the 2.0-litre GDI unit is rated at L100/km10.2 city, 8.0 highway. In closing the Ecosport is an attractive option if you need all-wheel drive in one of the smallest crossover packages in the market. A fitting replacement for the Fiesta and a great start to Fords new line up of affordable, value for money family vehicle. Should do very well! Highly recommended
2019 Ford Ecosport: Base price: $22,099. 2.0 SES 4WD Model price as tested $31,219 plus $1,790 destination and delivery charge
More info: www.ford.ca