Ford EcoSport SUV - Interior & comfort
Interior materials in the Ford EcoSport have been improved since launch, but it's still quite noisy inside
When the Ford EcoSport was first launched, the materials used for the interior were poor-quality. Improvements have since been made, but it still can't match the standard set by the SEAT Arona. Noise is quite subdued at low speeds; the sound from these engines is nicely contained in the Fiesta and the EcoSport is the same. Build up speed, though, and noise from the door seals and windows takes over. Add a ride that never really settles down at motorway speeds and this really isn't a relaxing car for long journeys.
Ford EcoSport dashboard
Anyone familiar with the inside of the Ford Fiesta is likely to recognise much of the EcoSport’s switchgear and it's all sensibly arranged to be easy to use. The dashboard is dominated by Ford's SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system, with all models receiving an eight-inch screen including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB radio. The version in Titanium and ST-line models comes with sat nav and also acts as a display for the rear-view camera.
The Ford EcoSport is available in three trim levels: Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line. Zetec cars feature 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control LED signature lighting, air-conditioning and the Ford SYNC 3 system. Titanium models add sat-nav, a reversing camera and also boast 17-inch alloy wheels, part leather seats, automatic lights, climate control and rain-sensing wipers.
The ST-Line has a pleasingly sporty look thanks to its special front grille design, dark coloured alloy wheels, bodykit and prominent rear spoiler. Building on the Titanium specification, it adds sports pedals with stainless steel inserts, a leather trimmed steering wheel, handbrake grip and gearshift gaiter.
Ford has grouped the most popular optional extras into three packs. The Comfort Pack costs £300 and includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Driver Assistance Pack and X-Pack cost £600 each; the former adds a useful roster of safety kit, while the X-Pack adds privacy glass, keyless entry and start, power-folding mirrors and a B&O 10-speaker sound system. Adding sat nav to the Zetec trim costs £300, and you can choose a black or white roof and door mirror housings on Titanium spec for an extra touch of distinctiveness. It's disappointing, though, that autonomous emergency braking isn't available.