2004 Ford EcoSport XLS Zetec Rocam 1.6 litre


An underpowered gas guzzler with little room for cargo.


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