Finally I have seen the Ecosport in flesh and did a TD along with our senior member Raja in Mumbai.
The venue was Wasan Ford, Chembur just beside Wasan TATA showroom. It was on 17th evening and their was bit of showers so it was chill evening and ofcourse ES was there to heat us up
I would like to convey to all of you, I am not a professional test drive guy and not so good in writing beautiful reports like our other members, I just tried to write here that what was my subjective impressions about this vehicle. Background :
I have come to know about this vehicle for the first time through our member RAJA and from then, I am glued to the news of this vehicle in Brazil launch and there was one beautiful video link posted by Raja in the previous thread and that made me to seriously follow this vehicle launch in India. So I thank Raja for the share.
There was lot of speculation about the vehicle and news on our forum daily about it and it was really a long wait like TATA Safari Storme and finally everything was out except pricing and we did lot of guess work on the same and ofcourse Ford has hit the bulls eye
with their killer pricing. Which Ford ES created a different segment with its offering and also with its price. TD EXPERIENCE First IMPRESSIONS :
Does it make you something upon seeing it for the first time, hmm yes a big WOW !! its it looks great and that huge front and nicely finished rear makes you delighted looking at this mini monster in orange color(sorry it is some RED in Fords language)
So exterior looks are very impressive and of-course it also impress you with its beautiful interiors. INTERIOR SPACE AND OTHERS: Front leg room
: Excellent Driving position :
Excellent Steering adjustment :
Excellent (it goes in two ways(Y,Z axis) Steering feel and ICE controls,ICE effect :
steering feel very Light(I liked) and controls works efficiently. Stock ICE is awesome produce some great sound Dashboard :
Fresh like new fiesta and appealing Front visibility :
Good enough for my height and also seat adjustment is good AC :
Effect is superb it will chill in few secons Gear shift :
Butter smooth and very handy and hand rest position really makes it more easy Pedals Area
: adequate and spacious, with the seating position never felt for the need of dead pedal. Clutch feel :
easy and light Rear legroom :
I had many doubts about it, but Yes it has good legroom and many say that when you pull the driver seat completely back, then what ?? yes even though it has good amount of leg room and in practical there is no such need to pull the driver seat completely back as the seating adjustment and steering adjustment really allow you to set your position properly without pulling the seat completely back. The reason is steering is not touching your knees. Head room :
Good than most of the hatch backs and sedans Rear seats :
This was also my big doubt is it for 2,2-1/2 or for 3 people. people like my body fit(average) 3 can sit easily and other case 2 adults plus a kid for sure. So I don't think it is a deal breaker at all until unless you have too many heavily built adults in your family. Fit and Finish :
Good, the plastics must have been little smooth NVH :
Excellent, I have checked with SA is it diesel or petrol as I was driving a diesel one. Kudo's Ford on this. Most impressive point for me Power and pick up :
Very good , I did not found any lag in any gear and low end torque is really good Handling :
excellent Ride quality :
while driving I felt it was good, but while travelling in rear seat it was not good, may be due to stiff suspension set up. On whole I did not like only this one. Is it a winner :
YES, absolutely, it is like a person want to buy a premium hatch but wants the car look little big like an SUV and has that feeling while going on long trips and who cannot afford for a big SUV and also cannot handle in traffic. This is a very special segment of compact SUV and I could not find any other vehicle like this in that price band and comes with so many features and great looks. Often people talk about Duster but there is a huge price difference and it will not impressive you with its looks and bit huge to handle in traffic. People also talk about Quanto and I really do not wish to compare Quanto with ES in any aspect and no offensive for Quanto owners here.
I enquired about delivery time, then he has shown us a board which talks about 12 to 16 weeks and I was interested in A/T and they say they have stopped the bookings as they need to deliver the vehicles which are booked already.
Will I suggest this vehicle to others: 100% you can go with this guys you will enjoy EXCEPT "kitna deti hai" I really do not know anything on this and do not believe the paper written facts or claims of manufacturer and only believe this from owners after some time. It is a Value for money vehicle without any doubt and finally I am not able to buy one though I like it very much as my present priorities do not allow me to go for a new car
Few pics for your pleasure and sorry they are from my mobile so forgive me