The manufacturers of the 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium are looking to balance the sportiness of crossovers and the economy-friendly characteristics of subcompacts. We give it an A+ for being surprisingly useful, but we feel that it isn’t sporty or economical. The seating position is high, and it can tow approximately 2000 pounds. It also boasts of a sexy infotainment package that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The cargo area of this car is quite large when compared to other pint-size crossovers. However, the cargo capacity is smaller than the than that of the Escape. The EcoSport has a space of 20.9 cubic feet behind the back seats while the Escape has a space of 34 cubic feet. When compared to the Focus hatchback, the EcoSport’s space is about two cubes smaller. When you look at the EcoSport you might have to ask for forgiveness; no a dehydrator did not shrink it.
What does the 2018 version bring?
Many people in the United States don’t know much about the Ecosport since it is new in this market. However, it is an old girl that has been used in other parts of the world since 2012. It comes with four trim levels: Titanium, SES, SE, and S. It also has two distinct powertrains. An externally mounted spare tire can be equipped with the car’s side-hinged rear hatch.
What are the advantages and disadvantages?
We love that it has a terrific infotainment system, it uses the available space efficiently, and it is easy to maneuver. If the EcoSport were an animal then it would be a lizard because it is nimble in tight areas; it is the perfect car to escape traffic or shoddy parking areas. However, we don’t like that it lacks an AWD with a 3-cylinder, it is quite slow, and it has a subpar fuel economy.
Should I feel safe in the EcoSport Titanium?
The 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium lacks some of the latest safety features like autonomous emergency braking. However, it has many standard safety features; they include second and front row side airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, three-point safety belts, head restraints, SOS Post-Crash Alert, among others. The optional features include a Windshield Wiper De-Icer and a Remote Start System. We are yet to receive any crash-test data. The high-end models bring a big, bright touchscreen and Bang & Olufsen sound, while the base models come with power features, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera.
What is under the hood?
The standard engine is a turbocharged three-cylinder which comes with FWD (we found this engine to be slow when we tested it in a Focus and Fiesta). You would be forgiven for thinking that you are riding a snail because it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in an uninspiring 10.6 seconds. The EcoSport is heavier than the Focus, and therefore we expect the engine to be much slower especially when carrying passengers. The other engine option of the EcoSport is a four-cylinder that is slightly more powerful and works with all-wheel drive. It is important to note that the AWD powertrain adds more weight and this might reduce the performance gains.
Would we recommend the EcoSport?
It would be unfair for us to call it a bad car because it isn’t that bad. However, it is operating in a den of lions. We wouldn’t recommend it because you’re better off with a Mazda CX-3 which offers a better driving experience, superb interior materials, and a smaller interior. The Honda HR-V is also a good choice since it comes with a better fuel economy and quality. However, I would pick the Ford EcoSport ahead of the Toyota C-HR, Jeep Renegade or Chevy Trax. This means that the EcoSport can only be in the middle of a very competitive subcompact class. You will receive better efficiency from alternatives from Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda. The Subaru Crosstrek and the Kia Soul are also more balanced and efficient. Let me break it down for you; the EcoSport is like Flavour Flav of the famous Flavour of Love show while most of its competitors are like the classy Kardashians, do you get the drift? It is hard for us to recommend the EcoSport because it is facing stiff competition, it is showing obvious signs of age, and it offers no real value.