The Car
ford-EcoSportThe Ford EcoSport is geared towards the compact crossover class and it comes in 3 trim levels – Ambient, Trend, and Titanium. The basic trim level comes with Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning, power windows all around, steel wheels, slide-out draw under front passenger seat, 60/40 split rear seats with fold and tumble function, steering wheel audio controls, a trip computer and 6-speaker CD/MP3 audio system. Opting for the Titanium trim will get you some pretty upgrades like alloy rims, climate air, sports seats, partial leather, push-button start and automatic lights and wipers.

You’ll get the full 5 stars of safety assurance with the EcoSport. It comes with Ford SYNC which is a voice- based connectivity system that calls in emergency assistance if you get in an accident. 7 airbags also come with, as well as a reversing camera for parking in those tight spots.

The Drive
You’ll definitely get a good view of everything around you. It’s easy to park the EcoSport too because of its tight turning circle and small size, but the car might get buffeted around if you’re travelling in some weather though. Steering is light and direct and brakes are responsive which will really help while you’re in the city.

Once you get out to the open roads though, the story changes. The engine is really not meant to be revved much and you’ll really need to floor your accelerator to get speed and power where and when you want it. Unfortunately that means that fuel consumption will increase past the indicated levels and it kind of defeats the purpose of getting the EcoSport for its duel economy.

The Interior
The EcoSport isn’t a vey luxurious car model, but it is made to be practical especially if you move a lot of things on a regular basis. It comes with a side-opening tailgate to a 346 litre boot. The rear seats are tilt-adjustable by pulling a tether so that you can adjust the angle of the seatback so that your passengers can get more comfortable, or you can get the extra space you need in the boot. Entirely folded down, the boot expands up to 705 litres.

Access to the boot can be tricky though because it’s hidden near the right tail-light, but you’ll get used to its position soon enough. Another gripe about the boot door is that it swings to the pavement side, so it can be a bit of trouble to get to if you have your hands full, or if you’re parked in a tight space.

There is lots of head and leg room and the controls, dials and dashboard are laid out well enough. The materials leave a bit to be desired – they are made of hard plastics but with a flossy black finish.

The EcoSport comes pretty well equipped and it’s definitely a safe car by any standard. If you have a growing family, you’ll like that the small SUV gives you a fair amount of bang for your buck. The drive isn’t all that great, but the car is practical enough once you get used to it. If you’d like to find out more about how much the EcoSport will cost you, call The Smarter Finance Company whether it’s for a business loan or a personal loan!