Ecosport better, but must still try harder
People under 34 have far fewer memories of canoodling in cars than those over 55, according to a survey carried out by Buyacar.uk. As a member of the latter group (just) I can say I never conducted any sort of hanky panky in a Vauxhall Viva or Beetle by choice. And you wouldn’t risk a lifetime of physiotherapy by getting loved up in an old Mini if you had somewhere more suitable at your disposal. THE theme of most of my school reports could easily be transposed into this test of the new Ford Ecosport.
Slight improvement, must try harder, nearly bottom of the class…
Still, I have managed to muddle through with lousy school results and Ford will probably sell quite a few new Ecosports.
So let’s park the comparison between my academic career and Ford’s compact SUV and look simply at the car itself.
The first Ecosport, launched in 2014, was built in India and Thailand. Quality of interior plastics was pretty poor and nowhere near European or rivals’ standards. It was a forgettable car I wouldn’t have recommended to anyone.
Now, four years on, Ford has had another go. The Ecosport has revised styling and, most importantly, a new interior.
Like the last one, it’s is based on the Fiesta, albeit now a newer generation.
The interior is an improvement, with some soft touch materials on the dashboard. An improvement – but still nothing to worry VW or
Renault. The Ecosport’s exterior has also been improved, but it still looks uninspiring next to many of its rivals, including the Kia Stonic and Renault Captur.
A two-tone option is essential
these days and, sure enough, you can order your Ecosport with a contrasting roof colour. We’re testing a black Ecosport St-line with a bronzy orange roof with matching mirror caps. You’d call it