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Which Ford EcoSport is best for me?

If you want the cheapest EcoSport, you won’t be getting great value as the entry-level 100hp engine is likely to feel underpowered and under-specced in Zetec form. Go for a diesel for the lowest fuel costs, but only if you cover higher mileage to warrant paying the extra for the car in the first place. If you just use it around town, an EcoBoost petrol will be a better bet.

Company car drivers will likely find the EcoBlue diesel the best option for long-distance driving. The diesel is more relaxed at speed than the EcoBoosts, and the extra torque on offer is especially useful for overtaking manoeuvres. If you don’t undertake much out-of-town driving, one of the EcoBoost petrols will be better, and won’t be in for a 4% BIK surcharge.

If you want the fastest EcoSport, there’s no ST version like in other Ford models. You can get the look with the ST-Line, and it’s the EcoBlue that offers the fastest 0-62mph time of the lot, despite being down on power compared with the 140hp EcoBoost.


Ford EcoSport ST-Line 1.0 EcoBoost Automatic

Tested: January 2018

Ford EcoSport ST-Line automatic 125hp EcoBoost

Our first chance to sample the automatic EcoSport was during the UK launch event, which was held in the middle of London. 

That meant we had precious little chance to sample it at anything above 40mph, but certainly at lower speeds in cities we found the six-speed 'box was smooth and responsive enough to allow us to make progress without holding anyone up. 

In fact, due to the low-speed nature of our test drive, it worked the engine and gearbox harder than if we had been on a motorway, continuously stopping and starting in traffic. We were impressed with the stop-start system, which worked non-intrusively thanks to the low-friction engine getting up to speed relatively quickly. 

The acceleration on offer - 0-62mph in 11.6 seconds - isn't what we'd call explosive, but the turbocharger means it gains in intensity as the revs climb, accompanied by a thrum you only really get from three-cylinder engines. 

This 125hp motor is the only one available with the auto 'box, but you do have a choice of trim levels. This one's in ST-Line, which is the sportiest of the EcoSport line-up and features:

  • A bodykit
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Sports suspension
  • Cruise control
  • Climate control
  • Sync3 multimedia system
  • Automatic headlights and wipers
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Keyless ignition and entry

We urge caution choosing ST-Line if comfort is a concern. The sports suspension does a great job of cutting down on bodyroll but it's very much at the expense of ride quality - which is exacerbated by the £550 optional 18-inch wheels on our test car. 

However, we would heartily recommend the B&O Play speaker system. For £300 more it's an excellent improvement to the already impressive Sync3 multimedia system.

Our car even had a CD player (£125) - remember those?


Ford EcoSport model history

Check the EcoSport hasn’t been victim of heavy handedness in the city by making sure there are no scrapes on the alloys or dents in the bodywork.

Also make sure you know if the car has been used for towing, as this can have a detrimental effect on the clutch and gearbox.

A clever buy would be the Launch Edition car, since that features all of the best equipment available so will offer superior value for money.

Be sure to get a Parkers Car History Check to ensure there aren’t any hidden horrors.

Buying and selling the Ford EcoSport

Buying a new Ford EcoSport SUV

  • Three trim choices to pick from
  • Lots of exterior colours
  • Don’t go mad with the options

When buying your EcoSport, think very carefully about whether you need petrol or diesel. While the latter is slightly more expensive, it does offer lower running costs and also drives better.

It’s likely the Ford dealer will try to flog you the EcoBoost petrol engine, though. We wouldn’t suggest you ignore it, but we would suggest driving both to make up your own mind.

Try to steer clear of lurid colour schemes which will make it difficult to sell the car on once you’ve finished with it. It’ll be tempting to go for a wacky roof colour to express yourself, but by the time you come to sell it on, someone else might not be as eager to stand out as you.

We’d avoid raiding the options list as well – Titanium and ST-Line models come with a good amount of standard equipment, so we see little reason why you’d need to fork out for extras.

As ever, try to barter with the dealer to get a good deal. For a better discount a broker may be able to get you a car at a good price since they buy in bulk, but make sure it’s the spec you want as ordering optional extras won’t be an option.

 


 

Buying a used Ford EcoSport SUV

  • Not a huge amount of choice out there
  • Aim for diesel if you cover high miles
  • EcoBoost petrols great around town

Check the EcoSport hasn’t been victim of heavy handedness in the city by making sure there are no scrapes on the alloys or dents in the bodywork.

Also make sure you know if the car has been used for towing, as this can have a detrimental effect on the clutch and gearbox.

A clever buy would be a higher-spec Titanium or ST-Line car, with more standard equipment and more attractive exterior styling.

Be sure to get a Parkers Car History Check to ensure there aren’t any hidden horrors.


Selling your Ford EcoSport SUVSelling your Ford EcoSport SUV

  • Compact SUVs are hugely popular
  • Make yours stand out with good pics
  • Make sure you’re asking the right price

Finding a potential buyer for a compact SUV will be easy, but with so much competition out there from rival brands, you’ll want to make your EcoSport stand out.

The most important thing is to make sure the car is in great condition and has a full service and maintenance record.

Sorting out scraped alloys and small stone chips will make your car stand out in the crowd, too, and if there are any dents or scrapes, get them fixed as well.

Be sure the tyres are in good shape and spend some time taking good pictures of the car. That will make sure more eyes are drawn to your ad, along with a comprehensive description and the right asking price. For an accurate price, take out a Parkers valuation.

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