I’m tackling this first as the EcoSport design has positives and negatives. From the outside it’s pretty fun. I feel like I’m in a retro Coca-Cola commercial with a bunch of pony-tailed friends bouncing in the back seat.
Especially if you get it in a shiny colour like the red or the blue. It’s all about the spare tyre on the back of the car. Full props to Ford for actually supplying a full-sized spare, and not cutting into boot space for fitting it in there. But it does make things feel retro, and it sure makes that boot door heavy.
Inside feels like the place where Ford has saved money to deliver a small SUV for this price. The fabric seats don’t feel great to touch and while it’s all clearly designed with a simple layout, everything is fairly basic.
But while it might not look luxe, it certainly does the job. Old school air-con knobs for example are just the thing to crank up on the hot week I drove it. There’s something to be said for simple executions. Complex doesn’t necessarily mean better.