Older, but still immaculate EcoSport offers value

The EcoSport we know made its global debut in 2013. From the word go the EcoSport became a popular choice amongst Crossover or small SUV buyers in South Africa.

Model: 2014 Ford EcoSport 1.5i Ambiente
Pre-Owned Price: R 139 000
Mileage: 157 200km
Warranty: Available as option
Fuel Consumption (combined): 6.4-litres/100km
0-100km/h: 12 seconds (estimate)
Contact: Tiaan Schumyn from Motus Ford Germiston at (010) 597 0982

Background and condition of vehicle:

  • I was immensely impressed with the vehicle’s overall condition, especially considering it’s 6-years old.

  • I could notice some wear on the steering wheel, which for the most part I think could be cleaned.

  • One of the wheel caps had a small crack and a few small stone chips were noticed.

  • For the rest the vehicle was in a pristine condition and really aged well.

  • Looking at this particular vehicle it appears to be quite durable.

Performance and Economy:

  • Under the bonnet you will find a 1500cc 16-valve petrol engine that delivers 91Kw of peak power and a 150Nm of torque.

  • Mechanically the vehicle still sounds and feels great.

  • The clutch bites at just the right point and the 5-speed gearbox still shits sweetly between cogs.

  • Overall performance from the 1500cc engine proved more than adequate in and around town, while it’s easy to maintain speeds on the highway as well.

  • Fuel consumption for a petrol driven vehicle of this caliber is also more than decent at a quoted 6.4-litres per 100km.

How does it drive?

  • The EcoSport is naturally quite practical with decent ground clearance, ensuring it can tackle reasonably rough roads without scraping the underside.

  • Higher ground clearance also aids in bump absorption and therefore the ride quality was actually very decent for a crossover vehicle of this nature.

Inside the vehicle:

  • As you would expect from a 6-year old vehicle, you will have to do without a sophisticated infotainment system, although you still get most of the necessary creature comforts.

  • As mentioned, the vehicle aged well, and the plastic trim especially seems very durable.

Luxury and safety features included:

  • Air-conditioning - Power Steering

  • Central Locking - Electric windows (Front only)

  • On-Board trip computer - Front and side airbags

  • Radio with CD-Player - Full size spare wheel

  • USB, Aux ports and 12V connector - ABS with EBD

Space and Practicality:

  • The EcoSport’s height means there is plenty of headroom inside, for those in the front as well as in the back.

  • Legroom also proved to be decent and the seats were comfortable too.

  • Boot space seemed more adequate, than generous, and certainly falls short compared to vehicles like the Renault Duster. The rear seats do however fold down, increasing loading space to 705-litre.

Reasons to test drive the EcoSport:

  • When pure value for money is at the top of your crossover shopping list, we believe this 6-year old Ford EcoSport delivers just that.

  • The EcoSport is without a doubt a great little all-rounder that ticks a lot of boxes.

  • Durable

  • Good value
    X Boot space not as good as rivals

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Charl Wilken
Legendary former national motorsport champion and renowned motoring journalist.