Ford had been going through a rough patch in India in terms of sales until it launched the EcoSport subcompact SUV, after which there was no looking back. The EcoSport has been one of best bets in the crossover segment, even after the years of its launch.
Given that that car was designed to be called a subcompact crossover (below four metres), the Ford EcoSport price was extremely competitive and was worth investing on. At the time of launch, there was hardly a five-seater SUV in its price range. This further influenced the sales significantly and placed it at a comfortable spot.
The Ford EcoSport is often regarded as the best crossover in India. But is it really that great? Let’s find out.
Undoubtedly, the Ford EcoSport has a very attractive design on the outside. It has got a muscular front bumper and bonnet, which rises way above the level of any other car in the segment. The big wheel arches come with a decent amount of plastic cladding, and the muscular appearance is further complemented with the addition of the spare wheel mounted on the tailgate.
Formerly, there weren’t many subcompact crossovers which looked as good as the Ford EcoSport, including the Maruti Suzuki VitaraBrezza, Honda WR-V, etc. Even the latest Tata Nexon, though attractive, may not be the perfect match in terms of the big stalwart appearance.
The Ford EcoSport is one of the most powerful cars in the segment. Among the likes of the Honda WR-V and the Maruti Suzuki VitaraBrezza, the EcoSport offers most powerful options engines. It is available in a total of three engine trims that include a 1.5-litre diesel and petrol and a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. The diesel engine produces a maximum power of 99 bhp along with a peak torque of 205 Nm, which is at par with the WR-V. However, the petrol trim makes a power of 110 bhp along with a peak torque of 140 Nm, which is at par with the Renault Duster, a full-sized 5-seater SUV.
On the other hand, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is equivalent to the Hyundai Creta SUV, making a maximum power of 124 bhp against the 126 bhp of the Creta. Hence, despite being a crossover, smaller than conventional SUVs, the EcoSport is at par with some of them. All of this, at a very affordable rate.
The top-end trim of the Ford EcoSport comes with as many as six safety airbags and is much safer than many cars in its price segment. Moreover, it gets the services of ABS along with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) too, making it an extremely safe car all around.
The Ford EcoSport may be an old player in the segment compared to the newer and attractive cars, but the charm is still intact. It is still one of the most loved crossovers in India mainly because is extremely muscular and has all its flexing muscles under the hood, in the form of a powerful engine.
Starting at a price of Rs. 7.3 lakhs, it is a great option to choose over the Honda WR-V (Rs. 7.8 lakhs) and the Renault Duster (Rs. 8.5 lakhs).