Late last year, a certain amount of EcoSport crossovers arrived at Grand Motors, available for immediate delivery. We separated one of them, to see first hand what you got for 15,990 euros
At a time when there is a real crisis in the car market, both in terms of prices, the lack of stock and the long wait for deliveries, Grand Motors surprised us with an offer that we thought was an April Fool’s joke.
Namely, a certain amount of EcoSport crossovers arrived in Serbia, with extremely rich equipment at a very low price.
For 15,990 euros, you get a car that offers a lot, starting from great motorization to quite luxurious details…
Although it is not one of the latest models, EcoSport still has something to show. It was originally developed for the markets of South America, and for the needs of Europeans it was seriously improved.
In the meantime, production was moved to Romania, to the plants where the MPV B-Max was produced.
The EcoSport is a far more attractive car, not only because of its SUV character and elevated ground clearance, but also because of its general usability.
It is true that it was constructed on the platform of the “fiesta” of the previous generation, but it is so well-groomed that the average driver would not notice a difference compared to the newly presented models.
Not only does it look attractive, but its ground clearance of 190 mm can be seriously useful in the city when it is necessary to climb high curbs, but also when going to nature.
Many people have bought cottages that often do not have asphalt to the house.
Let’s just say that we tested the car on macadam and we must admit that it provides unexpected comfort, especially since it is equipped with low-profile “seventeen”.
Our test model has an Active equipment package that differs from the Titanium in more pronounced off-road details such as plastic wheel edges.
The difference is also in the leather seats, reverse camera, automatic activation of the headlights and the fact that it has front parking sensors and blind spot control.
Everything else is the same as in the version of 15,990 euros, which has really rich equipment. For example, there are more than useful front seat, steering wheel and windshield heaters, which is still a rarity even on much more expensive cars.
Automatic “climate” with one zone is included, as well as an eight-inch multimedia display with high quality sound. It has a pronounced bass and quite a lot of power.
There is no navigation, but that’s why it has Android Auto, which is an even better solution because you always have the latest maps and a full phone battery.
True, there is no automatic braking and that is the only drawback compared to the latest models. That’s why there is a camera for reading traffic signs and automatic activation of high beams.
Speaking of which, medium or dipped headlights are in LED technology, just like daytime running lights, while halogen bulbs are in charge of high beams.
What is especially important in the entire offer is that the EcoSport incorporates a stronger version of the multi-award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo petrol.
Its 125 “horses” in combination with the low weight of the car enable strong accelerations, so the look at the table with technical characteristics caused disbelief.
It was declared 12.7 seconds and in the ride we felt like it was much faster. Consumption is also favorable – the city should count on about 8.0 l / 100 km, while on the highway at 130 km / h the tachometer shows 3100 rpm in the sixth and then consumes about 7.5 l / 100 km.
The offer of space is in accordance with the class. There are places in the cabin about the same as in the “fiesta”, with the fact that the seating position is, as expected, much higher.
He sits relatively upright in front, with his legs bent. The seats are a bit flatter but long and do not tire even on longer distances.
The rear seats are also specific, with plenty of headroom. As a rare car in its class, EcoSport provides very comfortable seating in the sense that you do not feel like you are on a bench, but the seats are high, with optimal support for the entire length of the thigh.
The comparison may not be the most appropriate in terms of size and generation gap, but EcoSport reminded us of the latest Kuga, which is ergonomically one of the best models in its class.
What some may not like is the fact that the trunk door opens to the side, as on former SUV models.
This can be problematic when parking in parallel, when you cannot fully open the door due to the vehicle behind.
On the other hand, there is a low loading edge for every compliment, so with the folding down of the EcoSport seat, it can be turned into a mini van.
In addition to the very rich equipment, we liked that the car is easy to drive. The gear lever is close, all controls are at your fingertips and are used intuitively without any adjustment or habituation.
The suspension is a bit tougher compared to some competitors, but it was inevitable in adapting the car for the European market.
For that reason, you can safely enter the curve faster, the car will not tilt noticeably. Again, comfort outside the asphalt is not impaired, as we have already mentioned.
In any case, the Ford EcoSport at the moment is a completely unexpected offer that few had hoped for.
Practically, at the price of the average B-segment hatchback, you get a better equipped and better motorized car. Ready for the city, but also for going to the cottage, and even for longer trips…
Instead of a spare wheel
The first series of the Ford EcoSport was recognizable by a spare wheel mounted on the outside, on the tailgate as in the case of former SUVs.
During the redesign, the suspended spare wheel was thrown out, so the car comes with a tire repair kit.
Comfortable for the elbow
Given the class to which it belongs, it is quite okay to expect a larger amount of hard plastic. However, Ford made an effort, so there are a lot of upholstered surfaces with skye, not only in the front, but also in the rear doors. The control panel is mostly made of soft plastic.
Heaters are standard
Completely unexpected items on the list of equipment are seat, steering wheel and windshield heaters.
These pieces of equipment mean a lot already at the beginning of autumn, let alone in winter when the windshield defrosts in a very short time without scraping the ice.
Ford EcoSport 1,0 EcoBoost Active
Motor: volume 998 ccm, power 92 kW (125 hp) at 6000 rpm, max. torque 170 Nm at 1400-4500 rpm, manual transmission, 6 gears
Dimensions: L / W / H 4096/1765/1653, intermediate. distance 2519 mm, ground clearance 190 mm, angle of attack 21 °, exit angle 33.3 °, ramp 23.3 °, boot 310/1238 l, tank 52 l, weight 1205 kg, tires 205/50 R17
Performance: max. speed 180 km / h, acceleration 0-100 km / h 12.7 s, consumption (NEDC) 4.6 / 5.2 / 6.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 119 g / km
Standard: rear parking sensors, rain and light sensor, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof racks, automatic air conditioning, front armrest, black roof, tinted rear windows, front seat heaters, steering wheel and windscreen, blind spot control, camera reversing, automatic high beam, LED mid and daytime running lights, cruise control, traffic sign reading, 8 inch multimedia, Android Auto
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