Pre-worshipped car of the week : Buying a Used Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport has the characteristics of a typical Ford – solid construction, fun to drive nature, sorted suspension. Over the years, the car has also had some great engines and transmissions.

Buying a used Ford EcoSport

You know a car is competent when it sells in healthy numbers, despite being 8 years old and relatively premium-priced! Launched in 2013, Ford’s EcoSport is still capable of selling 3,000 – 4,000 copies / month. Based on the company’s global B-car platform (which also underpinned the Fiesta), the EcoSport has the characteristics of a typical Ford – solid construction, fun to drive nature, sorted suspension. Over the years, the car has also had some great engines and transmissions.

Positives

  • Despite its age, the EcoSport is still among the most competent compact SUVs on sale in India
  • Good looks matched to solid build quality
  • 1.5L diesel is tractable & economical, while the 1.5L 3-cylinder Dragon is revv-happy & fun
  • Dynamically sorted. Competent handling by crossover standards
  • Lots of fun to drive, in the city as well as on the highway
  • Loaded with kit (leather seats, paddle shifts, auto headlamps & wipers, cruise control, terrific SYNC3)
  • Smartly packaged interior. Adequate space for 4 adults. Lots of storage & practical features
  • Safety kit includes 6 Airbags, ESP, Hill Hold, EBA, emergency assist phone call & more
  • Decent reliability with the 1.5L TDCi Diesel & 1.5L 3-cylinder Petrol variants
  • Reasonable spare part prices, especially of the wear & tear variety

Negatives

  • Ride quality is far from plush; underlying firmness obvious, more so with the 16″ & 17″ variants
  • Rear seat space & narrow cabin width make a 5th occupant unwelcome. Best for 4 onboard
  • 1.0L EcoBoost engine is best avoided. Turbo-lag, reliability issues, complex nature
  • Complicated dual-clutch AT is problematic. Pick only the torque-converter ATs
  • Tree trunk thick A-Pillars result in severe blind spots
  • Insane feature deletions over the years (lumbar adjustment, reclining rear seat, cooled glovebox…) and frustrating variant rejigs
  • Mahindra-Ford JV has been called off. We remain concerned about Ford’s long-term commitment to India
  • Be prepared to pay a premium for the good examples. Model is in demand, new EcoSport is expensive
  • Later models have visible cost-cutting compared to the early builds

Related Threads

  • Official Review, 1.5L Dragon Petrol, 1.0L EcoBoost S
  • naveen.raju’s EcoSport 1.5D Titanium
  • jithin23’s EcoSport Facelift Titanium TDCi
  • Murugan’s EcoSport 1.5L AT
  • Bangalore to Leh in an EcoSport
  • Bhutan in an EcoSport
  • Ford deletes features from the Titanium+ variant
  • Ford EcoSport SE variant with no tailgate-mounted spare
  • Team-BHP Car of the Year, 2013

Mod Potential:

Very popular model here & abroad, so plentiful extras available in the after-market.

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Availability:

Excellent. Sold well for 8 years so there is ample choice in the market. As mentioned, go for the 1.5L Dragon 3-cylinder Petrol or 1.5L Diesel. Avoid the 1.0L EcoBoost and dual-clutch ATs. If you have the budget, look out for the 2017+ Facelift which gets a nicer dashboard, SYNC3, better headlamps, slightly softer ride etc. Check out the examples on sale – link.  

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