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Ford EcoSport SUV - Interior & comfort

Interior materials in the Ford EcoSport have been improved since launch, but it's still quite noisy inside

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​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; as the petrol engines are fairly quiet. Build up speed, though, and noise from the wind 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 Mk7 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.

Equipment

The Ford EcoSport is available in four trim levels: Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line and Active. Titanium models feature 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. Active gets a black roof and body cladding for a more rugged look.

Options

Ford has grouped the most popular optional extras into three packs. The Winter 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.

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