Ford EcoSport (2014-present)

The Ford EcoSport is a well-equipped crossover, but it’s outclassed by rivals

Strengths & Weaknesses


Well-equipped cheaper models
Economical petrol engine
Lots of Ford dealers for servicing


High running costs
Poor performance
Awkward boot door

When the Ford EcoSport was announced, it seemed like a recipe for success: it was a car that combined the mechanical parts from the fantastic Ford Fiesta with a higher driving position like an off-road car.

But the resulting small crossover has failed to live up to expectations, even after a raft of improvements in 2015.

The boot is hinged at the side and opens like a conventional door, which can restrict access in tight parking spaces, but at least it’s an improvement on early models, which had a spare wheel mounted on the boot door too, requiring even more space to open it.

Thanks to a tall roof, there’s plenty of space inside, with adequate headroom and legroom. The dashboard is simple and easy to work out too, although some features like Ford’s SYNC voice control can take a little getting used to. Look hard enough and it’s quite easy to find some cheap and hollow-sounding plastics too.

The entry-level Zetec trim level is quite well-equipped, with standard alloy wheels and air-conditioning, but you don’t get as much for your money as you’d expect with more expensive versions: the range-topping Titanium S only gets sat-nav as an optional extra. It’s also worth adding Ford’s desirable Winter Pack, including a heated windscreen so you don’t need an ice scraper.

Perhaps one of the EcoSport’s biggest selling points is its engines, so long as you avoid the dated 1.5-litre petrol. Far better is the 1-litre EcoBoost petrol, which is fairly economical and has more power than the older petrol motor. The 1.5-litre diesel is the best choice for fuel economy if you often make long journeys.

Basing a car on the nippy, agile and fun-to-drive Fiesta should result in an entertaining and comfortable drive, but the EcoSport is a disappointment. Its light steering might make it easy to manoeuvre in town, but on fast roads, it’s hard to work out how how much the wheels have turned, so you’re constantly jiggling the wheel in corners to keep the car on the right track. The car leans noticeably in corners too: rivals such as the Mazda CX-3 and Renault Captur are more stable and feel nippier.

The EcoSport can get upset by bumps too. The Peugeot 2008 and Honda HR-V are both better at providing a smooth ride.

It does sell for less than some of its more accomplished rivals, such as the Mazda CX-3 and Vauxhall Mokka X - according to official prices, anyway. But you can drive off in a Renault Captur or Peugeot 2008 for around the same £15,000 list price as an EcoSport.

The Ford Ecosport was crash tested by the independent safety organisation Euro NCAP in 2013, receiving a respectable four star rating out of five

Last Updated 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:15

Key facts 

3 years
Boot size: 
333 litres
Tax (min to max): 
£30 to £145 per year

Best Ford Ecosport for... 

Ford EcoSport Zetec 1.5 TDCi
The only diesel EcoSport is also the most economical, with official fuel economy of 64.2mpg, but real-world results showing more like 48mpg in real-world conditions.
Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.0 125PS
With a high-level of convenience features like keyless entry and climate control, the Titanium model is comfortable. Roof rails boost practicality too.
Ford EcoSport Titanium S 1.0 140PS
Extra power and lowered sports suspension makes the EcoSport a bit more precise to drive and cuts the 0-62mph dash to 11.8 seconds, without impacting economy.
Ford EcoSport Zetec 1.5 112PS PowerShift
The 1.5-litre petrol engine is slow to start with, but adding an automatic gearbox blunts performance even further, making this the slowest and thirstiest EcoSport.

Ford Ecosport History 

  • 2014 EcoSport goes on sale
  • 2015 Thorough model update includes option to ‘delete’ tailgate-mounted spare wheel, improved interior materials and trim and an optional Winter Pack including a heated windscreen. All versions now get a 4in colour screen and SYNC voice control. Suspension upgrades are introduced to improve handling and engines are tuned to improve performance and economy.
  • 2015 Two separate recalls, firstly for models built from February 2013 to February 2014 to address a potential fuel leak and secondly for models produced from November 2013 to February 2015 to check for a rear suspension fault.
  • 2016 Titanium S range-topping trim level introduced with exclusive 140hp 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and sports suspension that's firmer over bumps

Understanding Ford Ecosport car names 

  • Ecosport
  • Trim level
  • Engine
    EcoBoost 1.0 125PS
  • Gearbox
  • Trim level
    The EcoSport trims (Including: Zetec, Titanium and Titanium S) tell you the amount of equipment included as standard. Zetec is the entry-level.
  • Engine
    EcoSport engines include petrol (Duratec, EcoBoost) and diesel (Duratorq TDCi). The size of the engine is shown in litres, as well as the power in horsepower, which is also written as PS.
  • Gearbox
    Powershift is Ford’s name for its automatic gearbox

Ford Ecosport Engines 

Duratec 1.5, EcoBoost 1.0, Duratorq TDCi 1.5

The EcoSport comes with decent engine range, so long as you avoid the 1.5-litre petrol. While this engine’s 112hp looks reasonable, its 0-62mph time of 13.3 seconds feels very sluggish. This is the only engine that’s available with an automatic gearbox, which makes it feel even less lively.

For £900 more, the 1-litre EcoBoost engine with 125hp is a much better choice. It’s quiet and smooth, even if the weight of the EcoSport means that you do have to rev it to get moving. The need to rev it does have a big impact on fuel economy. It may have an official 52.3mpg fuel economy, but that typically drops to 40mpg in real-world driving, according to the Equa Index, which is based on tests carried out on public roads.

Better than the standard 1-litre petrol engine is the more powerful 140hp version, which uses no more fuel but doesn’t feel underpowered. Even so, acceleration from 0-62mph takes 11.8 seconds, which is still three seconds slower than a Mazda CX-3. The EcoSport really struggles to live up to its name.

If you have a high annual mileage, then the diesel EcoSport is the best choice: its real-world economy is 47mpg, according to the Equa Index. It’s slow off the mark, but the lack of power is less noticeable once you’re on the move.


Fuel economy



Top speed

Duratec 1.5



0-62mph: 13.3 – 14.1s


EcoBoost 1.0



0-62mph: 12.7s


EcoBoost 1.0



0-62mph: 10.8s


Duratorq TDCi 1.5



0-62mph: 14.0s


Ford Ecosport Trims 

Zetec, Titanium, Titanium S

While many Ford price lists resemble a catalogue, the EcoSport has quite a simple line-up, with just three trim levels, called: Zetec, Titanium and Titanium S, with different levels of standard equipment. There are some optional extras available, but not too many, so it’s best to ensure you choose exactly which version suits your needs at the outset.

For the cheapest car, the Zetec is quite well-equipped. Air conditioning, 16in alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel with audio controls are all standard, along with Ford’s SYNC voice conrol system and Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity. It’s available with every engine except the most powerful petrol.

The Titanium trim level is the only version in the range with roof rails, which boost practicality and give it a more rugged appearance. This is further accentuated by silver plates under the front and rear bumper and chunky 17-inch alloy wheels. Convenience features include keyless entry (with a start button), climate control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control. Ford’s £230 Winter Pack is a worthwhile addition, adding heated front seats, door mirrors and windscreen to keep you moving on frosty mornings.

Only coming with the top 140PS petrol engine, the Titanium S is aimed at customers after a sportier EcoSport, even though acceleration is nothing to shout about. Sports suspension and black alloy wheels bring the EcoSport down a little closer to the road, while a black painted roof and door mirrors also make it look like a smaller car. Privacy glass is fitted and inside there’s a Sony stereo system with DAB digital radio. Sat-nav is still optional, though.

Ford Ecosport Reliability and warranty 

The Ford Fiesta, on which the EcoSport is based, had a mid-table place in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power survey. It was ranked 97 out of 150 models for reliability.

A stream of owners complained of annoying rattles from interior platics that felt cheap, but major problems were less common.

Ford’s warranty last for three years or 60,000 miles, which is identical to a Volkswagen, but seems stingy when Hyundai and Toyota offer five years, and Kia leads the way with a seven-year warranty.

Used Ford Ecosport 

While it hasn’t been on sale for too long, EcoSports are available on the used market, and a relatively limited choice of engines and trim levels makes it easy to compare prices. Expect to pay around £11,000 for a 2015 model with the EcoBoost petrol engine, which is a healthy saving of around £5,000 compared with a new model’s list price.

An important consideration for buyers, will be whether they are happy to buy an older EcoSport, sold before the raft of improvements made by Ford in 2015. Older models are most obviously spotted by their bootlid-mounted rear wheel – which wasn’t to everyone’s taste – and numerous changes to the EcoSport since then could make older models less desirable and affect their values. Earlier models are now available for under £10,000. 

Early EcoSport models will also now be out of their manufacturer three-year warranty,