Skip advert
Advertisement

Ford EcoSport updated for 2015

Minor tweaks include the option to remove rear-mounted spare wheel and a price drop

The Ford EcoSport SUV has been updated for 2015 and can now be specified without the awkward boot-door-mounted spare wheel. Trim levels have been also been tweaked and the car's price has been reduced.

The 2015 Ford EcoSport is now available for £14,245 – around £700 cheaper than before.

The EcoSport is the smallest model in the Ford SUV range, which includes the Ford Kuga and the soon-to-be-launched Ford Edge.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Joe Bakaj, vice president of product development for Ford Europe, said: “The stylish and practical Ford EcoSport offers customers a flexible and economical SUV and with these enhancements EcoSport looks and feels even sharper.”

Ford EcoSport styling & interior

Among the tweaks to the EcoSport is the option of going without the awkward tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Ford has also added a big badge to the rear door and revised the design of the boot opening to make access easier.

The cabin has had a refresh, too: the centre console and door inserts are now finished in charcoal black, there are chrome inserts in the instrument cluster and a leather steering wheel.

Ford has also gone to some lengths to improve comfort and refinement, adding more soundproofing to suppress wind and road noise. There are even thicker seals around the pedals.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

As before, the car’s raised suspension gives you an excellent view of the road ahead and all models have a good storage space.

Economy & performance

The revised Ford EcoSport is available with Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, along with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. Both engines are only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The EcoBoost produces 123bhp and can achieve fuel economy of 52.3mpg. CO2 emissions of 125g/km mean an annual road tax bill of £130.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The most economical engine in the range is the revised TDCi diesel, which now produces 93bhp (up from 89bhp). It returns up to 64.2mpg and its 115g/km CO2 emissions mean a road tax bill of just £30 a year.

The 1.5-litre petrol is the cheapest engine to buy, but it’s only available in entry-level Zetec trim and is the least economical in the range. It is capable of 44.8mpg, but its 149g/km CO2 emissions make for a hefty road tax bill of £145 a year.

Ford says it has made 'significant improvements' to the driving dynamics of the car, thanks in part to revised suspension elements that reduce body roll and improve the car's ride. The suspension is also 10mm lower to improve cornering.

Equipment & technology

The revised Ford EcoSport is still very well equipped despite the drop in price. The entry-level Zetec car has manual air-conditioning, all-round electric windows and power-operated door mirrors.

The Titanium model features automatic headlights, climate control and part-leather seats. A new Winter Pack includes a heated windscreen, heated mirrors, heated front seats and rear seat ventilation at floor level to keep the feet of rear passengers comfortable in cold weather.

Ecosports fitted with Ford's SYNC in-car connectivity system get a four-inch colour display in the cente console. The system features voice activation and can also read incoming text messages aloud. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, is compatible with apps and can even alert the emergency services if the car is involved in an accident.

Safety equipment includes driver, passenger, curtain and side airbags, plus a driver's knee airbag. The Ford also comes with anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. However, it was only awarded four out of five stars when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP.

Price and release date

The 2015 Ford EcoSport is available to order now, with the first cars arriving in October. It’s priced from £14,245, which is around £700 less than the previous entry-level price.

Read our review of the Ford EcoBoost on our Ford reviews page.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Ford Capri returns! Coupe reborn as new all-electric SUV
Ford Capri front quarter
News
10 Jul 2024

Ford Capri returns! Coupe reborn as new all-electric SUV

New Ford Capri teased ahead of July reveal – but it’s not a sports car
Ford Capri headlight teaser
News
27 Jun 2024

New Ford Capri teased ahead of July reveal – but it’s not a sports car

Ford Tourneo Custom review (2013-2023)
Ford Tourneo Custom driving
In-depth reviews
16 Oct 2023

Ford Tourneo Custom review (2013-2023)

All-new Ford Transit Custom Nugget unveiled
Ford Transit Custom Nugget
News
24 Aug 2023

All-new Ford Transit Custom Nugget unveiled

Most Popular

New Fiat Grande Panda: everything we know about Italy’s retro-inspired EV
Fiat Grande Panda front quarter
News
11 Jul 2024

New Fiat Grande Panda: everything we know about Italy’s retro-inspired EV

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
5 Jul 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers

Plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb iV is back with more range
2024 Skoda Superb iV charging
News
12 Jul 2024

Plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb iV is back with more range

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024