ON TEST WITH
Ford EcoSport Titanium
Price (as tested): £25,855
When I was loaned the Ford EcoSport Titanium, I decided to shoot off to Lyme Regis to dip my toes into that cold sea – there was immediately a problem.
To get to Lyme Regis, I would need to navigate the dreaded M5 meaning many hours on one of the most boring roads. I’m not joking either. Driving along the M5 is like sitting in Mr Bean’s house playing cards. When I finally did get to Lyme Regis it was raining and the only prospect of me actually getting to the sea would be if the coastguard had winched me down from a Royal Navy Sea King Helicopter.
At a loss, I decided to give the EcoSport a proper test.
Power and Efficiency: The EcoSport is packing a decent little 1.5-litre EcoBlue TDCi diesel engine that produces 125PS and 300Nm of torque. If we go in heavier and talk about performance, then the EcoSport will go from 0 to 62mph in just 11.3 seconds which for me is ok, but less than 10 seconds would have made the EcoSport feel much more alert. Fuel consumption was also around 43.5mpg (combined) and to be fair – it did a brilliant job carting me and my partner around with a weekend’s worth of luggage in tow – which included everything but the kitchen sink.
On The Road: The EcoSport featured an intelligent all-wheel-drive system which is good and it does a great job of delivering the AWD experience, which truth be told, is actually a very good system that offers you a good sense of control on and off-road. This is a more comfortable ride and much-improved handling thanks to the setup being just right.
Interior and Technology: All is good. The materials fit and the finish and technology are really rather good. I have said this a few times now, Ford has really upped its game and the interior finishes are top notch for a vehicle under £25,000. Let’s be honest here, Ford know how to make a good interior, which is why they have given the EcoSport lots of soft-touch surfaces along with a polished feel creating a premium finish.
Equipment inside is also very high with the addition of a 17” 10-spoke Flash Grey alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC) cruise control, Ford SYNC 3 navigation with 8” touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 6 speaker sound system. Plus; ESP, Hill Launch Assist, a trip computer, keyless start, ambient lighting, and Ford’s easy fuel capless refuelling system.
To sum up: Another excellent offering from Ford that is practical, spacious and well kitted out. Once again Ford has shown the way on how you make a car stand out.