Sales of the EcoSport have been slow in Germany, our car tester Michelle Assenmacher says.
So Ford has given it a facelift, but the changes lie in the details.
The body has hardly changed. But Ford has revised it to make the Ecosport "more fun to drive on European roads." To date, the model has done well only in South America . It's been available from European dealers for 18 months, but so far has failed to win over buyers. Developers have realized that Europeans view the EcoSport as a city, not an off-road vehicle. So they revised the suspension, lowered the ride height by 10 millimeters, and retuned the steering.
Engineers have applied some spit and polish to the interior.
They've added chrome trim and high gloss piano black finishes in the cockpit.
Nothing has changed in the trunk. It still holds 1-thousand-240 liters.
Michelle points out that the biggest visible change is at the rear, where designers have dropped the hatchback-mounted spare wheel.
The spare wheel is still available as an extra feature, naturally at extra cost. The Ford EcoSport has a Fiesta-based chassis and is the smallest member of the company's SUV family. The Titanium version that we tested comes with a silver-colored roof rack.
In our test, the one-liter, 92 kilowatt gasonline engine registered a consumption of 6-point-three liters per 100 kilomters.
The Titanium version is priced around 20,500 euros in Germany.
Michelle's verdict is that the EcoSport doesn't have much pick-up. She needs to keep it high up the revv range, which in turn increases gasoline consumption.
Nevertheless, Ford says the 1 Liter EcoBoost engine is the most popular. For drivers looking for more than 92 kilowatts, there's a new variant coming out in the spring.
Michelle says if you're not after bells and whistles but still want a cosy and above all straightforward car, then the EcoSport is perfect. With a starting price at under 20,000 euros, it offers great value for money.