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Car Reviews / 06-24-19

2019 Ford EcoSport 1.0T Titanium FWD

Youthful Exuberance


By C! Magazine Staff Words and Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

 

Being a youthful individual, I do not consider myself to be picky with cars and the luxuries that come along with them. Growing up with my Dad, I was no stranger to long roadtrips. Being on the tarmac for hours on end to test a car, and most importantly, create a story. It was because of this I found a love for cars and automobiles, along with the Idea of sharing more than just the specs of a car. Sharing stories and experiences is definitely something I like to do. But the fun is definitely in what comes before the writing aspect kicks in. Because of my upbringing, on a day to day basis, I am usually out and about on road trips to the beach, the mountains, or even just driving city to city.

Normally, I look forward to the drive and experience of heading to the destination with people I enjoy being around. That to me alone screams ‘This is going to be fun!’ right into my ear. But when the Cars we travel in come with a benevolent suspension system that provides a smooth ride, and a wholesome stereo system, it truly enhances the experience of travelling. These little things that I look for are definitely present in this top-spec model Ford EcoSport that features the award-winning 1.0-liter direct injection 3-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Personally, I have always liked the EcoSport models. With the setup of the car, along with its design and features, it’s hard not to like it. The model itself is quite popular. A good number of friends of mine have been so pleased with the car, that they have gotten units for themselves. Following that, I have only heard good things about the EcoSport. But with pros, also come some cons which I myself have noticed. The First-Generation model seemed to be lacking in power off of its resting point together with its buggy 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, and felt as if it struggled to speed up through the gears to which I had to remind my friends who complained that the EcoSport is not a Stelvio, which is a high-performance crossover I truly love! But to me, all those complaints were drowned out by a smooth drive, fairly tall visibility, comfortable cabin and the good audio system!

I had the opportunity to test the 166 bhp 2.0-liter EcoSport in the US last year which unfortunately is not for sale in the Philippine market. However, the current and lighter 1.0-liter feels close to its US counterpart because of its healthy torque powerband of 125 lb-ft from as early as 1500 rpm and holds the peak until 4500 rpm. The 1.0-liter EcoSport accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.3 seconds making it roughly half-a second less quick compared to the 2.0-liter. I can also say that the US model drove smoother because American roads completely trump Philippine roads on any given day. I would say that the driving experience of the 2.0-liter version, which had AWD, no full-size rear tire mounted to the rear trunk, independent multi-link rear suspension in place of the torsion-beam, and the banging Bang & Olufsen (B&O) 675-watt 10-speaker (Harman) in terms of ride and drivability are actually comparable to this top-spec local version.

The 1.0-liter EcoSport Titanium feels significantly more powerful than its 1st Generation predecessor, and it is something that you really feel upon gently laying your foot on the accelerator. I like that the EcoSport Model kept its sleek bullet like design. The rear brakes of the car have also been updated to disc brakes from its previous drum brakes, the difference can be felt with the light feathering of the brakes, you have more feel and control. This version of the EcoSport also comes with HID headlights, signature LED DRL, crisp 4.2-inch Instrument Cluster Display screen, leather seats, navigation for the 8-inch touchscreen 7-speaker infotainment system (now with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AppLink 3.0), automatic rain-sensing wipers, electrochromic rearview mirror, engine Start-Stop to help save on fuel and emissions, and a smart key with push-button ignition on top of a more comprehensive safety suite.

The EcoSport really appeals to me along with the large youthful population. The smooth and light assisted steering and 6-speed automatic gearbox both make maneuvering in traffic and congested provincial roads less of a burden. This little orchestra of mechanical instruments makes the car feel as if it can do much more than it was intended for. Since the EcoSport is not as large as it feels, driving in traffic is much less stressful in comparison to other cars. Being able to fit and handle tight Philippine roads teaming with undisciplined drivers makes this EcoSport a real strong tool in making the most of everyday. The car’s size assisted by a good rear parking camera and active parking assist makes the simple-yet-sometimes challenging task a breeze to complete. The EcoBoost has 8.2-inches of ground clearance and 550 mm of wading depth, hill descent control, traction and electronic stability control systems as well. These features give me the confidence to take it places where you wouldn’t commit to go. The top-spec Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter Titanium is perfect for everyday use by my standards. It is a lifted Ford Fiesta with more space, more comfort, and more versatility. I truly feel it is the very best in its class.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-3
Displacement 999 cc
Fuel Injector dohc 12V, Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo, Atkinson-cycle
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 123 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 125 lb-ft. @1500-4500 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 184 km/h (115 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 10.3

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 27 mpg City / 29 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,190,000.00
What's Great Best of the breed, very peppy engine, fuel efficient, strong standard kit.
What's Not So No B&O audio option, prefer the clean rear hatch of the US model, really best for no more than 4 adults on board.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10