Ford Ecosport: AWD,166-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder

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Ford Ecosport

The Ford Ecosport is a subcompact crossover that has focused its efforts on creating a pleasant driving experience and offering a variety of choices to buyers. With over 17 different colours to choose from and 4 contrasting roof shades, you'll be sure to get the look that suits your needs. It's a worthy choice for urban residents, who want to spend less on a new SUV, and its small size is a blessing for parking and navigating tight city streets.

The Ford EcoSport can be purchased in three different trims: Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line. Zetec cars come with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED trademark lighting, air-conditioning and the Ford SYNC 3 system. Titanium models add a reversing camera, sat-nav, and also flaunt 17-inch alloy wheels, part-leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, silver roof rails, cruise control, and keyless entry and go. The ST-Line has a pleasantly sporty appearance due to its unique front grille design, dark coloured alloy wheels, body kit and a striking rear spoiler. Adding to the Titanium specification, it has a leather-trimmed steering wheel, sports pedals with stainless steel inserts and handbrake grip.

The Ecosport was made to give its buyers the power of choice. The engine has the option of the turbocharged 1.0-litre front-wheel drive or the 166-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder with all-wheel drive. The beauty in both of these engines is the lack of noise that usually accompanies a three-cylinder engine. It’s a free-revving unit with enough zip to keep up with quicker traffic. What ford has created is a vehicle that seems to whisper along the street, providing a smooth, silky and quiet drive.

Even though it's smaller than a lot of its competition, the layout of the interior has managed to create a space where there is none. It certainly won't have passengers complaining about a lack of space, a family of four can comfortably fit inside and even leave enough room for the family dog to stretch out. The infotainment system boasts the choice of a 6.5 or 8.0-inch screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, heated seats and climate control add to the already well-equipped and pleasant interior.

In terms of safety features, the Ecosport could be said to be a little on the light side. However, while it may not boast a plethora of safety gadgets, what it does have is impressive. Integrated blind-spot mirrors that minimize blind spots with a smaller, angled mirror within each exterior mirror. A rearview camera that displays an image of the area right behind the rear bumper in the central display screen and a blind spot information system that is used to warn the driver when vehicles are in the EcoSport's blind spots. All of these features contribute to the drivers' peace of mind and create an overall feeling of safety when navigating busy city streets or unknown towns.

The Ford Ecosport isn't a groundbreaking subcompact crossover. It's in a highly-populated market and has a lot of strong competition, but it still has a lot going for it, particularly with buyers looking for a well-built crossover that packs in new tech and is great to drive. It's adequate spacious interior and quiet smooth drive make it an ideal purchase for a family that resides in the busyness of the city but likes to get out and explore on the weekends. So, if you're sat there thinking 'that sounds a lot like me' and you're looking for a new car then the Ecosport is something that you should seriously consider.