A five-door body ensures that access to both the rear passenger compartment and boot is always simple. The EcoSport’s tailgate is side-opening too, which is handy when parked by a nearside kerb. Inside, the vehicle comfortably seats four adults, and is particularly suitable for a young family of five. Power-operated front windows and air-conditioning are standard inclusions, helping to ensure that an ideal cabin climate is always easy to establish. The new EcoSport’s 334-litre boot space should easily accommodate the results of a weekly shopping trip – or three suitcases. However, if more luggage capacity is required, simply fold the rear seats to deliver a 1,238-litre load space.
Let’s Talk about Tech
Ford MyKey is a standard feature of the new EcoSport. It allows the owner to impose a number of restrictions. This is particularly useful should the car be loaned to a teenage son or daughter, for example. MyKey actively encourages good driving habits, such as seatbelt usage, a cap on music volume and an upper speed limit.
The vehicle comes with Ford’s SYNC 3 as standard, which includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, a six speaker sound system (featuring DAB radio) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter helpfully allows the mirroring of an iPhone or Android smartphone via the car’s display. Titanium and ST-Line trims, meanwhile, feature an eight-inch touchscreen, and also include satellite navigation.
Safe and Sound
The new EcoSport is fitted with an array of driver aids and passive safety features to help to keep occupants of all ages as secure as possible. For instance, Electronic Stability Programme and Anti-lock Braking System are standard inclusions, each significantly minimising the risk of skidding. Hill Start Assist features too, ensuring that the car doesn’t roll uncontrolled whenever the engine is started on an incline. The EcoSport comes with numerous airbags and ISOFIX provision for securing younger travellers. Should the vehicle be subject to unwanted attention, the piercing sound emitted by its Thatcham Category 1 alarm will more than likely provide a deterrent.