Ford Ecosport 1.5TDCI Titanium
Cross-over between R200 - R300k
It would be difficult to pin down a starting point for the Compact SUV boom but the EcoSport would certainly be one of the cars credited with getting this trend toward lifestyle orientated, hatch based, smaller SUVs rolling.
The first generation of the EcoSport was launched worldwide in 2004 but was never released in South Africa. The EcoSport we know – and the one so many South Africans have bought – made its global debut in 2013.
Perhaps its hardest hitting right hook is the multi-award winning 1-litre 3-cylinder turbo charged wonder-mill. A veritable Staffie-dog of a motor, this engine delivers unbelievable power and torque figures from its pint-sized dimensions. Many manufactures have since followed Ford down the engine downsizing rabbit hole, some more successfully than others.
The car we’re reviewing here is the diesel version, the 1.5 TDCi, in Titanium – the most fully loaded – spec.
It’s inevitable that a car that is nearing the end of a life cycle starts looking a little long in the tooth. Competitors leapfrog it as more daring and innovative ideas flow from designer’s MacBooks. The EcoSport, however, while perhaps no longer trendsetting, is still a handsome, purposeful and easy on the eye.
Value For Money
- R245 200
- 4.6 Litres/100km
- 0-100km/h in 14.5 seconds
- Power and Torque at 74kW/205Nm
- In good condition