The Ford EcoSport is a hot selling compact SUV from the American manufacturer. The EcoSport has a relatively tall design and has a high ground clearance of 200 mm. The SUV gets a range of safety features like airbags, ABS, EBD and ESP, which helps in emergency braking and maneuvering. Here is a video of hard zig zag cornering (moose test) in which the compact SUV performs well. We explain how.
In the video, we see a Ford EcoSport going around a series of slalom turns that test the direction-changing ability of a vehicle in an emergency situation. The EcoSport used in this video is an international, Euro-spec variant with all the safety features like ABS, EBD and ESP. The Electronic Stability Program system helps the vehicle by cutting down engine power when wheel slip is detected. The Indian version only gets ESP on the 1.5 AT variants. This safety feature is very helpful in emergency braking situations and for emergency direction changes like rapid swerves.
The attempt at 76 Kmph gives a substantial amount of body roll along with a good steering feedback to the driver. Overall, the video shows the control the driver has over the EcoSport, with advanced safety features, and its stability. The Ford EcoSport does a good job showing minimal body roll along with high-speed cornering stability and a good steering feedback.
The Ford EcoSport comes with three engines options – a 1.5-litre Dragon petrol, 1-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. The naturally aspirated 1.5-litre petrol variant gives power of 121 Bhp and 150 nm of torque, paired with a 5-speed manual or an automatic transmission option. The turbo petrol makes 125 Bhp-170 Nm and gets a 5-speed manual gearbox. The more economical diesel variant provides 98 Bhp power and 205 Nm of peak torque. Pricing of the Ford EcoSport starts from Rs. 7.82 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base model while the top-end model is priced at Rs. 11.89 lakhs (ex-showroom).