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Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Plenty of kit as standard
  • Titanium and ST-Line feature-packed
  • Little need to add options

Three trim levels are on offer for the EcoSport, following the usual Ford trim set-up: Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line.

Standard Ford EcoSport equipment

The EcoSport Zetec kicks off the range, with the following equipment included:

Moving up to Titanium nets the following on top of Zetec:

Sitting at the top of the range is the ST-Line, building on Titanium with:

  • 17-inch alloys with dark finish
  • Sports suspension
  • Black roof rails
  • Contrasting roof and door mirrors
  • ST-Line-specific bumpers and side skirts, plus rear spoiler
  • Sports pedals
  • Red stitching on gearlever and handbrake

Optional Ford EcoSport accessories

There’s plenty of scope for adding extras to the EcoSport, from alloy wheels to bright and bold paint/roof colour combinations, as well as more kit.

Privacy glass can be added at extra cost, as can a sunroof on Titanium and ST-Line trims. There’s a Comfort Pack available on all models – adding heated front seats and steering wheel – while the Titanium Lux Pack adds full black leather upholstery, HID headlights and heated front seats to Titanium models at extra cost.

An upgraded sound system is available, called B&O Play, which includes the 8.0-inch touchscreen on Titanium and ST-Line trims, as well as 10 speakers.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford EcoSport.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
ST-Line optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Roof rails
Titanium optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Titanium S equipment

Titanium S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Partial leather seat trim
Titanium S optional equipment
None available

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
Zetec optional equipment
  • CD
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Sat Nav

Safety

3 out of 5 3.0
  • Four-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • But that was for pre-facelift car
  • From 2017 on, more safety kit added

The unfortunate fact about Ford EcoSport safety is that it’s just not up to scratch compared with many rivals. It was only scored four stars by Euro NCAP when it was crash tested in 2013 – mainly because of the lack of speed limiter and rear seatbelt reminders but also because more testing of the front end would be required for a better pedestrian safety score.

Since then, a speed limiter has been added to the cruise control system, and extra driver assistance tech such as blindspot monitoring has been added to the options list, as well as new side and thorax airbags.

That said, it scored 93% in the adult occupancy tests, which means it’s a safe car to be in if the unthinkable happens. You get a large selection of airbags to keep you safe, while electronic safety features such as stability control with roll-over mitigation serve to keep the car on the road in tricky conditions.

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Ford EcoSport was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 77%
Pedestrian: 58%
Safety Assist: 55%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

3.7 out of 5 3.7
  • Decent interior space all-round
  • Very good for headroom for most
  • Tailgate is the biggest issue

There’s enough room in the back to accommodate two adults if there isn’t a pair of tall people in the front (with legroom varying with the angle of the rear seats). You get a smattering of storage cubbies including a chilled glovebox, which will hold six cans of drink, and door pockets, which will hold 1.5-litre bottles of water. You get a drawer under the front passenger seat too.

Put two taller people in the front seats and legroom in the back is quickly diminished, with only small children able to spread out comfortably. The seats themselves are comfortable, though.

The EcoSport isn’t particularly big at all, and the higher ride height means navigating in and out of tight parking spaces is a breeze. Tinted windows on higher-spec models makes it quite dark when looking out the back of the car, but thanks to its slab-sided design, you’d do well to struggle squeezing into most spaces.

One problem we noticed is the large pillars restricting your view out of the front, which can become particularly noticeable at junctions where you need to pull out of a side street. There’s a small quarter light, but it’s a very chunky set-up that feels quite obtrusive.

The rear door, with its swing-style opening, opens towards the pavement for the UK rather than away from it.

This shouldn’t put you off buying the car, but it’s worth noting all the same if you regularly find yourself in tight car parks – reversing the car into a space could prove troublesome when you come to open the boot. A traditional tailgate would make life much easier, plus it’s quite a heavy thing to open and close, with a slightly awkward handle located in the tail lights.

When considering Ford EcoBoost practicality it’s worth noting that interior space and boot room both vary depending on the configuration of the boot floor.

There’s a maximum of 356 litres available with the boot floor as low as it can go. If you position it higher, there’s a 334-litre capacity, which does fall slightly short of rivals like the SEAT Arona (400 litres) and Renault Captur, but more than the Mazda CX-3’s 287 litres if you opt for one of the top-spec models. In regular form it’s 350 litres for the Mazda, on a par with the Ford.

If you fold the rear seats down altogether, the load space increases to 1,238 litres.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Ford EcoSport compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Vauxhall Mokka (12-16) 362 litres
Peugeot 2008 360 litres
Ford EcoSport 310 litres
Nissan Juke 207 litres

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