Ford over the years has launched several popular cars in India, which have gone on to create their niche. And the Ford EcoSport has been among the top models on that list. Sadly, the carmaker decided to end local production in India thereby discontinuing the subcompact SUV and its other models. The EcoSport was the car that started the trend for sub-4-metre SUVs in the country and remained a strong contender until the very end. However, you can still get one in the used car market, and if you are planning to add one to your garage, here are some pros and cons you must consider before you start looking for one.
- The EcoSport was equipped with some nicer engines from Ford, like the torquey 1.5-litre TDCi four-cylinder diesel engine and the powerful, yet frugal 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine. The driving dynamics were also quite enjoyable.
- The 2021 Ford EcoSport offered great creature comforts as well. It came with automatic HID headlamps with LED DRLs, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start, up to six airbags, a 9-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with navigation, SYNC 3 infotainment system, a sunroof and more.
- The EcoSport came with good fit and finish inside out. The SUV also offered a generous ground clearance of 200 mm, which was one of the best-in-its class.
- Ford has stopped local production in India and like other models, the Ford Ecosport has been discontinued in our market. Hence, in the long run, aftersales and spare parts availability could be a problem.
- Save for a few facelifts, the car never received a proper update since its arrival in India. The design and styling were also dated and after a point failed to attract buyers who have moved towards more stylish and modern options like the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue.
- The Ford Ecosport doesn’t have the most spacious cabin as well. While front seats are fine, three passengers at the rear will be a tight squeeze. So, not the best option if you have a large family.
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