detail comparision between ecosport and duster
Ford made no secret that none of the new generation EcoSport was coming. Since January 4, when the model was introduced in prototype form, it would not stop making marketing activities to promote the car. Even a pre-sale was held in July, with the provision of 2,500 units. Who bought them would guarantee a price of R $ 53,490 for the 1.6 version of R and S $ 59,990 for the 1.6 FreeStyle, regardless of the back of the IPI (SE R $ 56,490 was not offered). Deliveries will take place in September when the new Eco finally hits stores.
With so much advance made by Ford, including the dissemination of price and content of the versions (there will still be 2.0 FreeStyle R $ 62,490 and $ 71,490 Titanium R), left EcoSport know how to behave. The second generation of the jeep is now global, developed on the platform of the New Fiesta and the mission of being sold in over 100 countries. It was expected that the build quality, driveability and safety items and convenience reached a new standard. To take the test, climbed FreeStyle version 1.6 (which will be according to the best selling brand) for a trip to the test side Duster Renault Dynamique 1.6, which costs U.S. $ 54,030.
According to Ford, the spare tire on the lid was kept to be part of the identity of the Eco Duster has already opened the door up, more conventional
The price difference is explained by the content. The Eco series brings FreeStyle unthinkable items for your project Duster and low cost, such as traction and stability controls, assistant starting on ramps and entertainment system Sync (feature developed in partnership with Microsoft that includes Bluetooth, USB input / assist and voice commands). As an option, the Ford can still get four airbags (the side and curtain) and the leather jacket in the banks - it also offered to Renault. Both come standard with air conditioning, power steering, electric trio, alloy wheel rim 16, CD player, dual airbags and ABS
Good news for those interested in the Echo is that Ford promoted a reduction of 7.5% on the price of revisions until 60,000 km. And ensures that the basket has cheaper parts of the category. Finally, the brand has an insurance plan in partnership with Mapfre, which charges an average of 3.6% of the car. Thus, the policy version FreeStyle leaves for U.S. $ 2,141, while the Dynamique Duster is R $ 2,214. Ford does not talk about sales forecasting, but it is clear that the goal is to return to leadership in the segment, lost in a few months for Renault.
New Fiesta lines and great driving position in Ford. Finishing is more accurate, but the panel has lost the rubber hatch cover which Eco derives
The interior of the Duster refers to the Sandero, with plastic-looking simple and ergonomic flaws. Banks are shallow and steering wheel only adjusts for height
Does size matter?
According to research the Ford Eco client was satisfied with the size of the car. Therefore, the length was maintained at 4.24 m. What has changed are the proportions. The front was lower, while the column moved forward and is steeper. At the same time, the wheelbase was amplified in 3 cm in width and 3.1 cm. Who buys car per square meter, however, will still be with the Duster. The SUV of Renault is clearly longer (7 cm) and wide (6 cm), not denying his relationship with the double Logan / Sandero - models considered great for their respective categories.
The effect is that the space of Eco is greater, especially for the knees and head back travelers, beyond the bank be more welcoming than before. But the Duster has a wider cabin, which facilitates the transport of the fifth passenger (the thing in the Ford press). It is in the trunk, however, lies the biggest difference: while the Renault has 475 liters capacity (enough for family trips), the Eco is in 362 liters. The magazine grew from Ford, but lost the handy storage compartments that had on the sides and back cover. At least the lid is lighter opening, although he kept the spare tire and the outer side opening - the handle is now built-in flashlight left.
Eco Cabin gained ground in the back seat with the increase in wheelbase, but the Duster has greater internal width. It remains, however, the three-point belt in central Renault
Staff, however, does not always mean better. And just get the EcoSport to note that visual and finish are a notch above the Duster. The panel just repeats the lines of the New Fiesta, with the news that now the light is bluish. The sound system is button layout that resembles a phone keypad, and there are radio commands on the steering wheel. Too bad the panel has changed the top of the rubbery New Fiesta by a hard plastic in the door Eco-objects under the passenger seat gave way to a drawer under the seat (with smaller capacity) and won the glovebox cooling, but owes a simple little light.
The driving position is still high, earning points with adjustable height and depth of the wheel (not before time) and the bank more engaging. In terms of ergonomics, the only criticism goes to the advanced position of the controls of power windows. At first, it is easy to open the rear window when you want to open the front. Already the Duster is weak inside. Panel to dull plastic look simple, Renault does not hide the cost savings. When you release the latch to adjust the height of the direction the steering wheel just plummets. The shallow banks leave the body slip. To make matters worse, the ventilation controls are turned down, and require the driver to divert attention off the road.
Instrument panel of the Echo is more sporty than the rival. Light blue is standard in the near Fords
In the city
Before hitting the road, turning a city reveals the characteristics of each. The Eco still a good "pope-holes", but is clearly more "car". The suspension has gained strength and power steering offers lightness and speed as to divert the traffic. In summary, the new Eco driving is almost like driving a New Fiesta, only louder. So the performance was very close to the hatch. The Sigma 1.6 16V engine (115 hp and 15.9 lb.-ft. ethanol) continues to respond well even taking a heavier car - Eco accuses 1243 kg 1145 kg in the balance against the New Fiesta. A clear sign of what I'm talking about is that the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h consumed only 0.2 s longer than the hatch, with good 11.5 s in our tests. And the urban consumption also remained close to the hatch, with 8.2 km / l.
In Duster, the steering is heavy and slower movements, while the suspension favors comfort. But the performance is well behind rival. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h, for example, consumes 13.3 sea speed is no more than 163 km / h - the Eco is limited to 180 km / h electronically. Otherwise, the Duster is a drunkard: 6.4 km / l of ethanol in an urban environment.
On the road
Trunk is shallower, but the extended time granted greater volume. The magazine lost the storage compartments on the sides and lid
And finally we enter the highway. In the limit of 120 km / h, the Duster will making more noise than the 1.6 16V Eco Engine works strangled by short exchange, resulting in nearly 4,000 spins to maintain that speed - not to mention the excessive consumption again, that has not gone of 8.1 km / l on the highway, compared with 10.6 km / l of Eco The Renault also features fonoabsorvente less material, allowing the entry of wind noise and tire. In the two-way street, it was time for the opening advantage in overtaking Ford, which required more attention with the Duster. Is that in addition to heavier (1,258 kg), Renault has greater aerodynamic drag and a little less torque - 15.5 Nm - although the power be in the same 115 hp competitor.
The great benefit of Duster: large boot has a capacity of 475 liters, 362 liters against the rival
Enough to climb up the mountains to Campos do Jordao (SP) and again the design differences emerge. The Duster follows the old school of utilities, rightly softer and longer travel suspension. The counterpart is that the body rolls over the twists and turns of direction, although the broad gauge to ensure satisfactory stability derived from Sandero SUV. Already the EcoSport enter firmer elbows, brakes with greater accuracy and have more exchange with couplings Justinho.
The biggest cheer of the Ford remained on the tarmac when we take the output of land towards the Pico Agudo, in Santo Antonio do Pinhal, place of departure of hang gliding and para-gliders. The rise was surpassed by Eco demanding all the time in second gear, while Duster first asked in some situations. Here, however, the suspension of the compliant Renault absorbed better erosion of the stones and road, while the Ford impacts transmitted more strongly to the cabin.
It was almost dark when we finally arrived at Campos do Jordao. Before returning to St. Paul, that chat between those involved in the trip leaves no doubt as to the winner of the comparison: the new EcoSport not only represents a huge evolutionary leap from the previous standards but also redefines the category.