Ford launched EcoSport in India back in 2013 and it is one of those vehicles that started the trend for sub-4 meter compact SUVs in India. Later, brands like Maruti Hyundai, Tata and Mahindra launched their products in this segment. The sub-4 meter compact SUV segment is currently one of the most competitive segment in the country. Over these years, Ford launched a facelift with new front fascia and feature updates. It is a well built product and here we have a video where a type 1 Ford EcoSport owner shared his ownership experience after driving it for almost 1.40 lakh kms.
The video has been uploaded by Explore The Unseen 2.0 on their YouTube channel. The vlogger introduces his friend who has been using a EcoSport for almost 6 years and in these 6 years, he has done approximately 1,40,000 kms on odometer. The EcoSport owner starts by saying that, he has been using it for a very long time and most of the time, he uses it in city with some occasional long drives. He mentions that, he never realised that the car has crossed 1 lakh kms mark.
The main reason behind that is because the car still drives pretty well and he has been maintaining it pretty well. He mentions that, when he had bought this EcoSport, he opted for an extended warranty for 5 years and that has helped him a lot. He mentions that, he had changed many parts under warranty during this time.
The build quality of the EcoSport is one thing that the owner was impressed. The owner was very happy with ride quality, comfort and interiors space. The car is well maintained and as seen in the video, there are no major dents or scratches seen on the SUV. The owner has changed tyres three times and regular service is done at every 10,000 kms. He has changed the front suspension and recently, there was an issue with the gearbox which he got fixed under warranty.
Overall maintenance cost of Ford EcoSport is quite affordable as the owner says that the bill for every service is between Rs 4,000- Rs 5,000. The EcoSport is quite fuel efficient too. He drove it once from Ahmedabad, Gujarat to Delhi in a single tank of diesel. He also mentions that, he never felt that the 1.5 litre diesel engine on EcoSport in underpowered. There is some noise inside the cabin but, that is majorly because of its age. There are some negatives like a thick A-pillar, the headlights. The headlights do not have enough throw at night. Apart from that, the owner was pretty happy with the Ford EcoSport. He also mentions that, he has no plans to replace this car with any other car at the moment.
The owner also comments about the new Ford EcoSport SE variant where Ford has removed tailgate mounted spare wheel and replaced it with TPMS and a puncture kit. He says it is not practical for Indian conditions as the driver will be stranded in the middle of road if the tyre is not in a shape to re-inflate. EcoSport is available with a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The petrol version is available with an automatic transmission option.