Its strength is its difference: the 2019 Ford EcoSport is unlike any of its rivals. And his restyling has improved in all respects. Except the safe door: always with side opening.
This strange bird is not born in our latitudes. High roof, muscular features, and side-opening trunk doors attest to this: the Ecosport was designed to evolve on the bad roads of South America and India. Ford imported it to here in late 2013 to meet the envy of urban SUV that had seized the public. Then rid him during a first restyling in 2015 of the spare wheel he was hanging on the door of his trunk, like a real 4×4.
The urban SUV genre is growing and prospering: 113,000 sales in 2013, 235,000 in 2016, 2,600,000 seen in 2017. The latest developments are: Citroën C3 Aircross, Volkswagen T-Roc, Opel Crossland X, Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona and Seat Arona. last months. To stay at the top of the wave, the 2019 Ford EcoSport passes by the box restyling. We expected better from Ford: an urban SUV really for Europe.
2019 Ford EcoSport Changes
But it will come: the Fiesta Active will arrive mid-2018. And we must recognize to the American manufacturer this merit: the restyling of EcoSport goes well beyond a few cosmetic retouching. The change is profound. On the industrial process: creation in Romania of a production line dedicated to Europe whereas the previous EcoSport took the boat from India. On the form: different front, new dashboard, two-tone shades. But also and especially on the bottom: three new engines (1.0 petrol 140 hp, 1.5 diesel 100 and 125 hp), BVM6, the first full-power version of a model that had known in here only 4×2 configurations.
The entry-level 1.5 petrol 112 hp BVM5 has folded luggage. No one will cry for him. It was windy: 13.3s from 0 to 100 km / h). And greedy: 149 g / km of CO2, 1 260 € of charge. Only engine to have survived the restyling, the 1.0 petrol 125 hp becomes the first offer EcoSport, pending a configuration 100 hp that will reduce the spring rate of access of approximately 800 €.
Good surprise, this 1.0 125 has tightened its prices in Trend finish, yet enriched (BVM6, alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights): drop from € 19,450 to € 18,900. On the Titanium floor (€ 22,000), prices went up by € 1,200. But the staffing now includes an 8-inch screen GPS, as well as the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay applications. Finally, the New Ford EcoSportpetrol range is enriched with a 140 hp version of block 1.0. This is the model we are trying.
Urban SUVs continue to drop roof and center of gravity to get closer to the behavior of a sedan. The New EcoSport, it is built like a 4×4: roof at 1.65 m, 19 cm of ground clearance. Therefore, it can not offer the vivacity of a Peugeot 2008 or a Renault Captur in the changes of course. Even in its ST-Line finish with hardened suspension, it confesses in the bearings a penchant for the roll which encourages to moderate the pace not to rush it.
However, once found the right pace, the EcoSport is very pleasant to drive. Its direction, remarkably well set, puts the wheels where the driver wants, with a single stroke of the wheel: it is both soft and consistent, with no fuzzy area around the midpoint.
2019 Ford EcoSport Engine Review
The new 140hp evolution of the three-cylinder 1.0 petrol engine does not give the thrill: 11.6s from 0 to 100km / h, barely 0.2s better than the 125hp version. But its flexibility and quietness of operation are in harmony with the soothing driving style of the EcoSport.
In addition, with his BVM6 at the first two short reports to encourage climbing higher, it does not abuse the drink: 5.2 l per 100 km in the combined cycle. It thus avoids (119 g / km of CO2), the lightning of the 2018 malus. What would not have been able to do the 1.0 125 hp if it had kept the BVM5: 125 g before restyling.
Except for those who drive only in town, the automatic gearbox is to be avoided. Rather than using the Ford Powershift robotic box, the 2019 Ford EcoSport uses a true BVA to please its American customers. It is unfortunately soft and energy-consuming: 12.7 s from 0 to 100 km / h, 134 g of CO2 / km (540 € of penalty).
Soon a 125 hp diesel
The new all-wheel drive version would make more sense if it came with devices to facilitate driving off asphalt: all-way mode, speed control downhill. Nothing like it in the wallet of the EcoSport 1.5 diesel 125 hp: four-wheel drive, end point! And how can it justify, because of a protection plate under its engine, to offer a lower ground clearance (16 cm) than the 4×2 version (19 cm)? Too bad, because this 1.5 diesel, 100% Ford, is strong in torque (300 Nm) so in punch: 10.9 s from 0 to 100 km / h. It will be available in June 2018.
2019 Ford EcoSport Interior Redesign
The restyling of the EcoSport does not only concern its front face. He also won his old dashboard, which leaves few regrets: it was choppy, falsely modern, as if his designer had suffered the double influence of Star Wars and Fiat Multipla. More classic, its new interior façade focuses on the essentials: it is simple, legible, tidy.
The transfer of production from India to Romania is beneficial in terms of finishing. It is a fad in old Europe: the attention to perceived quality is stronger than in other continents. EcoSport has now adjusted to the demands of its audience. The position of the cockpit, really high, gives the occupants a beautiful vision of the environment. The new front seats are comfortable, the seats are rougher in the rear row where legroom is limited, a result of the EcoSport short jig (4.10 m). In contrast, the roof guard is good and the seat can accommodate three passengers, the central location is not sacrificed as it is customary on many models.
The modularity is basic: 60/40 split rear seat, three-position trunk floor that maintains a flat loading area (albeit slightly sloped) when the seat is folded down. The loading volume is in the average of the category: 356 l.
The EcoSport’s fault is elsewhere, and the restyling has not changed anything: it always drags a side-opening trunk door, like old-fashioned SUVs, when all SUVs have long since adopted a moving tailgate. vertical. Therefore, impossible to open the trunk in town when a car stuck parking the rear bumper of the Ecosport
Price and Equipment
Its engine 1.0 petrol 140 hp being proposed only in high finish ST-Line (24 000 €), the 2019 Ford EcoSport cannot be compared directly to the tenors of the category that in its declination 1.0 125 ch. It starts then one step lower than them: 18 900 €, against 19 250 € for the Citroën C3 Aircross (4.15 m, roof to 1.60 m, 410 l) in 1.2 130 hp and 19 990 € for the Renault Captur (4.13 m, 1.57 m roof, 377 l) in 1.2 120 hp.
But in the median finish, the EcoSport 1.0 125 hp Titanium (22,200 €) arises above the C3 Aircross Shine (21,350 €) and Capture Intent (22,000 €). The leader of the category, the Peugeot 2008 (4.16 m, roof at 1.56 m, 350 l) does not make gifts on the prices: to access its version 1.2 130 hp, it is necessary to climb to the third level of completion, Allure, and pay 23 350 €!
Ford’s “global vehicle” strategy does not allow EcoSport to exactly match the tastes of the European public. In return, it is supposed to guarantee a low price. The promise is held for its first Trend finish. Not on the Titanium floor.
Review of the Ford EcoSport 2019
High roof, athletic look, high ground clearance, side-opening trunk door: the Ford EcoSport 2019 looks more like a small 4×4 than an urban SUV. But part of the urban SUV crowd is trying to get out of the crowd of motorists, as evidenced by the success of radical proposals like the Nissan Juke, or the Jeep Renegade in a completely different genre. Its resolutely different character should, therefore, allow the EcoSport to continue to make a good career. Especially since its deep restyling has improved in all respects.