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August 10, 2016

Ford Ecosport 1.5 Petrol Review

Today I had the opportunity to drive a Ford Ecosport 1.5 Petrol Titanium version and here's what I found about the Titanium version of the top of the line Ecosport from Ford. At first glance from the outside I thought that this vehicle has small passenger cabin but I was surprise how spacious this little car was. The leg room and the head room are so much enough for the average Asian built.


View from the cockpit
From the cockpit you can see a wider view of the front and with the help of the adjustable seat by increasing the cushion height of the driver seat you have a better glance of the road and the vehicle in front. However be careful when turning because you might bump into something since the wider pillar in front will not give you a clear sight of the front side of the vehicle during turning. This will give you a blind spot when turning from either left or right.
Ecosport Front Pillar
Ford Ecosport Front Pillar

Though the Ecosport looks narrow from the outside it feels like you’re driving a wider vehicle when in the inside at the cockpit but its size is just enough for the narrow streets of Manila plus it does not need a bigger parking space and can easily fit with the standard parking space of every mall. The ride is not that soft but feels a little bumpy especially when running into road undulation I think it’s because of the short wheel base that this vehicle has.

Parking
It is common to every driver that parking your car in facing the road is much easier than parking it facing the wall, and because of the reverse sensor that this vehicle has it makes it a lot easier to park. The length of the vehicle is small if not for the spare tire that is hanging on the backdoor I do not know if the reverse sensor safe distance considers the protruded spare tire. But I think it does because I have not yet hit any wall from behind when I park the car.

Locking system
The locking system is good because of the automatic lock unlock even when the key is in my pocket, however when my passenger accidentally open the door even when its lock while we are traveling, so I think the child lock must be activated especially when traveling with a kid because it can easily be unlock even when the car is running and the door is lock.

Audio system
The audio system is modular type making it difficult to customize using after market audio system. Though the system comes with cd /Aux /Bluetooth as standard feature it does not come with navigation system which can be found in most crossover and may come in handy especially when you are not familiar with the place you are going.

Ecosport Stereo
Ford Ecosport Stereo
Air conditioning system
Air conditioning system is good because of its subcompact body the passenger cabin can easily be cooled even during hot condition in the middle of the day.

Compartment
I was amazed with the space available for the baggage plus the rear seat can be folded so that there can be more extra space for the bulky baggage. On the inside there is a lot of cup holders two on the center console and another on the doors, there is also a compartment underneath the front passenger seats where you can put some of your documents and accessories.

The fuel economy is acceptable on long drive but is not economical at city driving where the traffic is stop and go. Especially these days where metro traffic is bad, an extra budget for the fuel is necessary. The engine is not responsive when the shift lever is at drive especially when going uphill but very responsive when at sports mode where you can select what gear you want to engage because it’s like driving a manual transmission however when at sports mode expect a lesser fuel economy.

Ecosport Shifter
Ford Ecosport Shifter
For the high end which is the titanium it comes with a sun roof, the only advantage it has is the skylight it provides but the disadvantage is that it is dangerous from the falling object above. And if you forgot to close the roof water will come inside especially when it’s raining so always check the sun roof to make sure that it is close because it can accidentally be open due to the soft touch button located above the rear view mirror. That's all for the day I will post more about this little car because I'm sure i will discover more features and performance of this car as I continue using it' till my next post then...

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