Bro, did you ever wish a Fiesta comes with a lift kit to increase it's manliness? Do you think Monalisa should come with a mustache to increase it's manliness? Do you need a special pill to increase your manliness? This car is for you!
So, the Ecosport. In less developed countries like Indonesia or India, there are demand of certain small car that have quite a bit of ground clearance, since the road is not very good. And that's why the Ecosport exist. They basically took a Fiesta S with 1.6 litre engine, put on some lift kit, bloat it a bit, and you have a new car!
Just look at that light. You don't get that light in Fiesta if i remember correctly. Plus, because it has LED daytime running light, some people thinks that this car is more expensive than a Fiesta, but i'll save it for later, since price is the only good thing about it.
Engine wise, i kinda dissapointed that Ford only offers 1.6l 4-banger from the old Fiesta. I mean, i wanted some turbo action from that Ecoboost. Plus this engine feels a bit anemic since it only got 110hp and 104lb-ft of torque. 104! I remember one of you ask me about towing capacity, and Ford doesn't want to tell me since probably it can't tow anything.
POWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER! It's the start button btw.
Interior wise, it's pretty good. The seat are nice, the plastic is a tad better than some Japanese or Korean offering, and good luck found one with manual since Ford Indonesia thought "hey, we spent a lot of monies to put a 6-speed dual clutch autobox in this thing. So we have to market it like crazy!"
Handling-wise, it's pretty good. Not a fiesta good, but at least it corners much better than some weird turd with Juke badge on it. Think of it like driving a Fiesta with 5" of lift kit and some heavy invisible passenger. My main complaints is that 1.6, why? Maybe because ford want to save some monies, since that's the main selling point of this thing.
This ecosport with all options ticked (yes, including that weird plastic thing above the grill) will set you back for about 19k USD. For a comparasion, a base model Fiesta Ecoboost is 22k. Heck, if you opt for 5-speed manual instead of 6-speed dual-clutch for extra manliness, you only have to pay 18k USD. If you're some sort of real man who don't need fancy Ford Head unit or Voice recognition or fancy plastic on the grill, it's only 16k.
So, it's handling vs ground clearance really. And because this is the home of Fiesta ST, i know which part of town will win.