Ecosport bet­ter, but must still try harder

Irish Daily Mirror - - ON THE ROAD -

Peo­ple un­der 34 have far fewer mem­o­ries of canoodling in cars than those over 55, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey car­ried out by Buy­ 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

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