EcoS­port aims to punch above its weight

Sunday Sun - - News - By Robin Roberts

FORD aims to punch above its weight with the lat­est EcoS­port. It was launched in South Amer­ica in 2004 but the model we know to­day is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion which ap­peared in 2012, was up­dated in 2014 and again in 2017.

Cur­rently in the UK there are nearly 20 ver­sions of the EcoS­port in ST-Line, Ti­ta­nium and Zetec spec­i­fi­ca­tions us­ing three out­puts from a 1.0 petrol unit or two 1.5 diesel ver­sions with man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sions, all shar­ing the same com­pact SUV styled five-door body.

That means there is a wide choice from a com­par­a­tively small parts bin and that is how the com­pany has made its money in the past.

As a newer SUV it re­sem­bles the lat­est Fi­esta upon which it is based and its fam­ily face is in­stantly recog­nis- able. We tried the most pow­er­ful in the petrol line up and it re­ally is what you need to have un­der­foot if you are go­ing to carry a num­ber of peo­ple.

The re­al­ity of putting a lot into the back is un­likely be­cause the lug­gage space is mod­est when the back seat is used and it does not have a high kerb weight for tow­ing ei­ther.

The 140ps you have avail­able is re­ally go­ing to come into its own if you want to quickly cover ground or spend a lot of time on mo­tor­ways. At the UK 70mph max­i­mum it is com­posed and sur­pris­ingly eco­nom­i­cal in sixth gear.

The gearchange is good and you have to re­ally work it to get the most out of the 1.0-litre engine and then it be­comes nois­ier as the revs rise in the triple-pot power plant.

Get it wrong and you can find your­self lan­guish­ing in the lanes un­til you se­lect the best ra­tio for the sit­u­a­tion.

Hav­ing care­fully matched engine and ra­tios to the con­di­tions the econ­omy will turn out very good and we were ap­proach­ing 40mpg over­all.

The steer­ing is nicely bal­anced be­tween as­sis­tance and feed­back and the turn­ing cir­cle is good for town use, while the brakes are well up to their job even with four peo­ple aboard.

The loadbed was a rea­son­able height above the road, flat and use­fully shaped with quick re­lease seat­backs to al­most triple ca­pac­ity if only used two-up.

Ac­cess was good for ev­ery­one, the seats well shaped and sup­port­ing but I would have liked a bit more legroom for the driver..

In per­for­mance terms it cov­ered ground well but it was not re­ally a sport­ing drive and it’s more of a mul­ti­ac­tiv­ity-ve­hi­cle than an SUV.

The ride quality was slightly on the firm side of com­fort­able, but you could hear how hard it was cop­ing with the sur­face be­neath with a lot of road rum­bles com­ing into the car.

Engine noise, as stated, was low when driven well within its most com­mon lim­its and I would have liked a more at­trac­tive in­te­rior than masses of dark plas­tic.

The Ford EcoS­port looks like a toned, shrunken ver­sion of its larger sta­ble­mate mpvs, and it will sat­isfy Fi­esta own­ers who want to be seen in a chunkier model, but only time will tell if the EcoS­port can de­liver a knock out blow to ri­vals. scenes, with light­weight hand­made fur­ni­ture fit­ting per­fectly into the con­tours with a choice of styles. The vans also ben­e­fit from good de­pre­ci­a­tion fig­ures. With fi­nance pack­ages and part-ex­change deals, now is the time to get your own.

Check out the South­lands web­site, south­landsmo­tor­com­, for videos of all the vans in stock along with pic­tures.

South­lands Mo­tor Com­pany is at Unit 2, Fox­hunters Trad­ing Es­tate, Whit­ley Bay. Call 0191 253 7030 or 0191 206 9345.

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