Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

FORD’S small­est SUV cer­tainly got off to a rocky start, but the Ecos­port is still go­ing as the com­pany car­ries on with at­tempts to get its South Amer­i­can im­port right for the Euro­pean mar­ket.

The cur­rent car is bet­ter than the orig­i­nal – al­though that’s not say­ing much. Gone is the rear door-mounted spare wheel, and in comes more stan­dard kit.

If you want 4WD, you’ll have to wait un­til next year, when the Mk3 ver­sion of the Ecos­port hits deal­ers. Price range: £15,645-£19,195 Our pick: 1.0 Ecoboost 125PS Ti­ta­nium (£17,945) En­gine: 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol, 123bhp Trans­mis­sion: 5-spd man­ual, front-drive Top speed: 112mph Econ­omy: 52.3mpg CO2: 125g/km

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