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Ford EcoSport 2017: How it stacks up against its rivals?


Ford EcoSport is one of the best subcompact crossovers in India and could well be called the pioneer behind the segment being so popular today. The company has been working hard on keeping the car well in-line with the modern crossovers by updating it quite frequently. The latest facelift of the EcoSport has seen the company making thorough changes inside out, which extends to the mechanism as well.

The Ford EcoSport price is highly competitive in the segment and beats the competitors hands down. The likes of the Honda WR-V and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are the biggest competitors to the EcoSport but yet lack the punch that the Ford can pack. In fact, the EcoSport is presently the most powerful one among crossover in India.

The 2017 Ford EcoSport goes up against quality rivals. But how does it actually fair among them is something worth knowing. So here are some of the competitors and how the EcoSport manages to get ahead.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Launched in 2016, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the first-ever proper competitor of the Ford EcoSport. The Vitara Brezza is attractively designed, no doubt, but is way too simple to be called a crossover. In other words, the car lacks the butchiness that is added by extra claddings, thick wheel arches and big bonnet.

Moreover, the Maruti Brezza can also be called inferior to the Ford as it is offered in just one engine trim, that is a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine making 89 bhp of maximum power and 200 Nm of peak torque. An automatic transmission is kept elusive from the entire range and only a 5-speed manual is offered, even on the top model.

Honda WR-V

The Honda WR-V is one of the latest entrants to the Indian subcompact scene. The WR-V is something that you could depict as the perfect crossover. The sharp lines all across the body, the butchy hood and the generous black-cladded wheel arches are something you could relate to a crossover. The car could well be the answer to the Ford EcoSport, at least on the physical front.

However, when it comes to the mechanism, the Honda WR-V falls short in meeting the power parameters set by the EcoSport. The WR-V gets a 1.2-litre petrol, making 89 bhp power and 110 Nm torque, and a 1.5-litre diesel, which makes 99 bhp power and 200 Nm torque. The petrol trims get a 5-speed manual, whereas the diesel gets a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon was launched just a few months back, but the response has been sensational. Apart from the attractive design and jam-packed features, the Nexon packs the tag of being the most affordable crossover in India and starts at a price of just Rs. 5.95 lakhs. The Tata car, indeed, is the biggest threat to the EcoSport.

Speaking about the engine specifications, Nexon is also a very powerful car and matches up to the numbers of the Renault Duster and Captur. It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel motor, with the petrol engine making 108 bhp power and 170 Nm torque and the diesel making 108 bhp power and 260 Nm torque. However, it lacks an automatic transmission option, just like the other crossovers.

How good is the 2017 Ford EcoSport?

The Ford EcoSport is one of the most attractively-designed crossover, something that will not go out of fashion very soon. But what makes the EcoSport an outstanding car is the power and the availability of automatic trims. The features and mechanism details can be found in detail on the Autoportal.com.

After having discontinued the 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine, the company has introduced an equally powerful 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine which makes the highest power of 121 bhp along with a peak torque of 150 Nm. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel engine may not be as powerful as the Tata Nexon but makes the maximum power of 99 bhp and a peak torque of 205 Nm. That, along with the 23 kmpl mileage (ARAI-certified) ranks the EcoSport among the best cars in the domestic automobile circuit, as of now.