Specifications of Ford Ecosport II (facelift 2017) 1.0 EcoBoost (125 HP)
General characteristics of Ford Ecosport II (facelift 2017) 1.0 EcoBoost (125 HP)
As far as dimensions go, the EcoSport is pretty tiny. It has a 99.2-inch wheelbase, 161.3-inch total length, and a height of 64.8 inches. That makes it one of the smaller competitors in the segment, but it's worth pointing out that it was one of the original subcompact SUVs. The Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, and Honda HR-V best demonstrate the size difference in the segment, as these have a wheelbase that's more than an inch longer. Wheelbase size has a dramatic impact on interior space, as we shall see shortly.
The EcoSport's width of 71.9 inches is on par in the segment. The EcoSport has the highest ground clearance in the segment, though, rated at 7.9 inches. The lightest model weighs in at 3,021 pounds, while the heaviest model tips the scales at 3,300 lbs. These figures are also on par within the segment.
For 2021, the EcoSport is available in ten exterior colors with some hues specific to trim level. The colors that are available across the line-up at no extra charge are Smoke, Race Red, Lightning Blue, Blue Metallic, Luxe Yellow, Diamond White, Shadow Black, and Moondust Silver. For the SE and Titanium trims, White Platinum becomes available at $595, while Ruby Red will cost you $395. On the S, SE and Titanium trim lines the blue hues work particularly well.
The SES, which now includes the Black Appearance Package as standard, is only available in Lightning Blue, Blue Metallic, Luxe Yellow, Diamond White, and Moondust Silver. The Diamond White offers a nice contrast to all the black trim, but if you're feeling funky, the Luxe Yellow offers the ultimate extrovert statement.
Two engines are available, and though they differ completely in terms of execution, both are decidedly underpowered. The 1.0-liter turbo-three, which is available on all models except the SES, delivers 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The old-school size-matters 2.0-liter four-banger has slightly more impressive specs at 166 hp and 149 lb-ft.
The turbo-triple is the more modern engine of the two and has won the International Engine of the Year competition numerous times. It's actually quite a nippy engine when used in other Ford products that we don't get in this country, but in the EcoSport, it just feels unable to cope with the weight. It's also starting to show its age in terms of noise and vibration. The 2.0-liter gets off the line a bit quicker, but being naturally aspirated, it has its own drawbacks. The major issue is the lack of low-down torque, which means you really have to step on it to make progress at higher speeds. It is safe to say that both engines are better suited to city duty, rather than long journeys.
At least the six-speed automatic does a good job. It allows the driver to make the most of the underpowered EcoSport, as it's eager to shift down. It also works its way through the gears quickly and smoothly.
Yet another department where the Ford EcoSport struggles to hide its age is in terms of fuel economy. The 1.0-liter three-pot is no longer the marvel it once was, with an EPA rating of 27/29/28 miles per gallon for city/highway/combined, it's nowhere near segment-leading. The Chevrolet Trax, which also makes use of an aging engine, is its closest rival, with an EPA gas mileage figure of 26/31/28 in its most efficient FWD layout. Oddly, it's the Honda HR-V, which also uses a naturally aspirated four-pot, that really demonstrates how far behind the Ford has fallen. In FWD guise, the HR-V returns 28/34/30 mpg. This is mostly due to its CVT transmission. The 2.0-liter engine on the Ford EcoSport offers even worse mpg ratings, with EPA figures of 23/29/25 mpg.
With a 13.8-gallon gas tank, the EcoSport has a 386-mile range for base EcoBoost engine and 345 miles for the 2.0-liter motor.
As a subcompact crossover, the EcoSport was never going to be acceptable transportation for five fully-grown adults. With the 36.7 inches of legroom and 37.5 inches of headroom in the back, it was always going to be at its best with four people over short distances. Up front, it's nice and spacious. The driver and front passenger get 42.9 inches of legroom and 39.6 inches of headroom. It's best to keep the rear seat for kids to avoid complaints.
The seats in the EcoSport are adequately comfortable, and support the body in all the right places. It's easy to find a suitable driving position across the range, whether adjusting the seat manually or electronically. The EcoSport is taller than most of the other cars in the segment, which gives it an edge when it comes to visibility.
We have to give credit where credit is due, and the EcoSport most certainly deserves to be praised for its cargo capacity. For a subcompact SUV, it has quite a large trunk. It measures in at 20.9 cubic feet behind the second row, which is comfortably more than the average in this segment. It just goes to show how much planning went into this car when Ford first started designing the EcoSport. With the rear seats folded flat, the EcoSport has 50 cubes of space. The front passenger seat can fold flat as well, for the odd occasion when you need to transport something lengthy.
You can also tell that Ford has been building MPVs for a while because the EcoSport has loads of storage spaces throughout the cabin. These include a sunglasses holder, center console, large armrest storage, and dual cupholders front and rear.