A closer look at the 2020 Ford EcoSport SUVJan 21th, 2020
Ford was one of the first automakers to identify a space in the market for what are small SUVs. Although it only made it into North America very recently, the Ford EcoSport was one of the first of these small SUVs to achieve serious commercial success over in Europe, and now it’s repeating that success on this side of the Atlantic.
So, if you’re in the market for a new SUV but you also want something that’s of a city-friendly size, here’s a closer look at what you can expect from the smallest of current Ford SUVs, the 2020 Ford EcoSport.
Although the EcoSport is based on the same platform as the Fiesta, the manufacturer has done a good job of styling the exterior in a way that makes this look like a model in its own right and not just a tall Fiesta. It does look distinctively different from what many would regard as a traditional SUV, but that’s an inevitable result of its compact and manageable proportions.
In Canada, there are four versions of the EcoSport to choose from. The entry model to the 2020 lineup is the S, and from there the range goes to the SE, the SES, and the range tops out with the Titanium.
The standard engine in the EcoSport S is a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that develops a very decent 166 horsepower and 149 lb.-ft. of torque, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that drives all four wheels. If you want better fuel economy, paying a little more for the SE gets you a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that sends 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels in standard form.
The SES and Titanium trim levels revert to the same powertrain as the S model, so if you want that award-winning, fuel-sipping EcoBoost engine in your EcoSport you’ll need the SE.
Features and equipment
Buyers will find the entry-level S trim level to be well equipped, and there isn’t much to choose between it and the SE, although the SE does offer some available options that are not on the list for the base S model. Standard features include air conditioning, a pair of 12v power points, a pair of USB charging points, power features, automatic headlights, Ford Sync infotainment system, remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitors.
Naturally, the most economical version of the EcoSport is going to be the SE with that three-cylinder engine. The EcoBoost-equipped SE returns an estimated 8.6 L/100 km in the city and 8.1 L/100 km on the highway. The extra power and performance of the 2.0-litre engine and all-wheel-drive in the S, SES, and Titanium doesn’t mean you pay heavily with fuel economy though, with estimated ratings still as good as 10.2 L/100 km in the city and 8.1 L/100 km on the highway.
To learn more about the 2020 Ford EcoSport and to try one out for yourself with a test drive, and to hear about the latest new Ford special offers, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today here at Van Isle Ford, the premier choice Ford dealer in Port Alberni BC and surrounding area.