The segment is running great, the car less. Until now? Ford has reworked the small SUV 2019 Ford EcoSport for the second time and is now building it in Europe. First ride in the facelift model.
2019 Ford EcoSport Redesign and Changes
Visually, he becomes the mini-Kuga, the cockpit he takes over from the new Fiesta: Ford polished the Ecosport thoroughly on and shifted production to Europe
Bad joke in the Cologne carnival: A customer does not buy a mocha or a capture, but an EcoSport. While mini-SUVs from other manufacturers run great, Ford’s offer so far lapsed. Main points of criticism: Design, choice of materials, quality of workmanship. 2019 Ford EcoSport was developed and built for markets such as Brazil and India. Shiny hard plastic and shimmering pouring seams inside, a bit chunky from the outside. Against competitors from Europe for Europe, he looked old, without being old.
With the second revision, the ecosport is finally catching up. Production moved to the former B-Max production line in Craiova, Romania. Very important: The cockpit, borrowed from the new Fiesta, now looks more modern and high-quality. As one of the last European Ford Ecosport loses the many confusing buttons and switches. With only two knobs and ten keys for infotainment in between, drivers can quickly find their way. Underneath are the controls for the air conditioning. A simple, intuitive solution
2019 Ford EcoSport Interior Refresh
Instead of hard plastic, the surfaces are now made of foamed materials with a nice, matt surface. Only the door lining remains hard. This is common in this vehicle class. However: At some corners, for example, the connection of the door trim to the A-pillar, the work continues to be a bit rough. The same applies to the switches of the ventilation nozzles. The right windscreen wiper also protrudes strikingly far into the windshield. Little things that can annoy in the long run.
Instead of the mouse cinema display is now a free-standing touchscreen with at least 4.2 inches in size on the dashboard. Optionally it is available in 6.5 or 8 inches diagonal. Ford’s latest Sync 3 system finally allows the smartphone to be connected to the Ecosport via Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Nothing changes in the proportions of the Ecosport. Only the apron design of the Kuga visually makes a difference. As before, the small looks more like an SUV than a stylish SUV, with small wheels under wide flared wheel arches. And a tailgate opening to the left. Especially in tight parking spaces that gives problems. For the trunk holds between 356 and 1,238 liters.
The shape has advantages, such as the high entry and a good overview. The short overhangs make parking easier, even without cameras and beeper. In the interior of the almost 4.10-meter-long five-door four adults loose space. After a few hours, the soft seats with little lateral support are unpleasant. For everyday use the comfort may be sufficient, on longer trips, this is not pleasant.
For the first time, there is the mini-SUV from summer 2018 with four-wheel drive, in combination with the 1.5-liter diesel and 125 hp and a manual six-speed transmission (from 24,340 euros). Many customers will probably not order it: In B-SUV, front-wheel drive is the rule, and the diesel rate in Switzerland is in the face of impending driving bans in descent. But: to the robust appearance of 2019 Ford EcoSport the addition fits perfectly.
Most Ecosport Ford will deliver as before with 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine (100 hp, 125 hp or 140 hp). The basic gasoline Ford offers only from April 2017. The 125-hp version is available with manual and six-speed automatic transmission (from 21,340 euros), the top petrol engine with 140 hp (22,990 euros), however, only with manual transmission. The base diesel makes 100 hp and starts at 20,900 euros.
For the test drive were the 125-horsepower petrol engine with automatic and the 140-horsepower petrol engine ready. If you do not necessarily have an automatic, you should do without it. The converter works tough and swallows a lot of power, the engine turns unwillingly. That’s just not fun.
2019 EcoSport Got New Chassis
The stronger version with handset convinced. The small three-cylinder pushes at least 1.4 tonnes to curb weight quickly. From the state pass 10,2 seconds, until the Ecosport reaches the 100 km / h. Up to 186 km / h are possible. The maximum torque of the turbo gasoline engine is indeed only from 4,400 revolutions, but the engine has already bitten.
The grumpy three-cylinder feels comfortable to 3,000 tours, he strives to audibly – and needs a higher dose of gasoline. The standard consumption of 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers we missed on the test drive despite restrained driving significantly. In the end, more than eight liters were on display.
Typical Ford: the chassis shines. Holes and humps on the slopes iron the 2019 Ford EcoSport comfortable away. Only in speedily driven depressions and curves, the tires reach their limits. The smooth-running power steering works precisely, maybe a tad too direct. That feels nervous sometimes. In tight bends, we automatically steered too hard and then had to open again.
2019 Ford EcoSport Price and Equipment
The base does not provide lush but functional features with height-adjustable driver’s seat, power windows, leather steering wheel, two USB ports and air conditioning. Cool & Connect (from 19,990 euros) facilitates the ride, among other things by the navigation system including smartphone coupling, cruise control, parking aid and an armrest in the center console. Titanium (from 22,240 euros) also comes with an audio system including 6.5-inch monitor, climate control, rain sensor, 16-inch Alus and key-free start.
For the first time, Ford offers in Ecosport the variant ST-Line (from 23,840 euros). Then the Ford looks sporty even without the sporty engine: aluminum pedals, black attachments, leather fabric upholstery, red stitching, sports suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels are included, as well as a modified front and rear apron and side skirts. Optional parking aid, reversing camera, xenon light (750 euros) and blind spot assist increase safety. LED headlights do not exist. A Bang & Olufsen system with a 675-watt sound system including ten loudspeakers for 550 euros serves as the earmuff.
Ford has been accepting orders for the revamped Ecosport since October 2017. The official list starts at 18,590 euros for the 100-horsepower gasoline engine. He is in the environment of direct competitors such as Peugeot 2008 (from 17,550 euros) or Opel Mocha X (18,990 euros). But: Kia Stonic (from 15,790 euros) and Renault Captur (from 15,990 euros) are significantly cheaper. Ford also knows this, never to postpone a discount: For the promotional price, there is the 2019 Ford EcoSport currently from 14,990 euros, the predecessor model from 13,890 euros.