Ford EcoSport Review from Chile

2004 Ford EcoSport XLS Zetec Rocam 1.6 litre

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Zetec Rocam 1.6 litre Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance2540 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

An underpowered gas guzzler with little room for cargo.

Faults:

Nothing went wrong with the car in the short time I owned it.

General Comments:

I bought this car primarily because of its high ground clearance. It also looked nice.

It was quite pleasant to drive, but did not seem very powerful. I liked the gearbox, and the steering was OK, but the digital instruments were impossible to read in normal light. Moreover, although the outside rearview mirrors were very large, they did not have a good field of view.

There was ample space for four persons, but very little room for anything else. The rear seats still occupied a lot of space even when folded down, and were not removable.

I got rid of this car quicker than any other car I have ever owned. Why? Because I expected 13-14 kilometres per litre on the highway, and it never gave me more than 10.5 (I kept very accurate mileage records). Moreover, its fuel capacity was only 45 litres.I would probably have kept it, however, if it had a diesel engine, like the magnificent diesel Citro├źn Picasso I now have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd July, 2005

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 1 review