The Ecosport is Ford’s smallest SUV, and takes a lot of cues from its elder sibling Escape. Though not a top-seller, Ford has given the Ecosport some much needed updates for the year 2018, to take on its closest rival, the Fiat 500X. Who will come out the winner here? Read more to find out.
Trims and Pricing
The Car is available in 4 trims, namely S, SE, SES and Titanium, and Ford Ecosport 2018 is priced at $19,995 for the base trim, while the top trim is priced at $27,330.
The 2018 Fiat 500X is available in 3 trims, namely Pop, Trekking and Lounge. The car is priced attractively, with prices starting at $19,995 and going all the way till $27,415.
Small SUV’s never tend to impress with their looks, and in the case of these two, there is no exception either. Ecosport comes across as jacked up hatchback with an abrupt rear, whereas,
Fiat 500X looks sort of crossoverish, but isn’t a looker by any means. Overall, neither of them will make someone turn their heads for a glance.
As is the case with exterior design, the interior of Ecosport too has compromise written all over it. The Ecosport, with its all black cabin and platicky interior lets down big time, and the only saving brace here are the comfortable seats, with good cushioning and bolstering. Space again, is not the strongest part of the Ecosport and the trunk-thick A pillars hinder all-round visibility.
The Fiat 500X on the other hand, surely has better interior of the two, but there is nothing exceptional about it. The dual-tone dashboard theme looks pleasing, and aids a sense of airiness into the cabin. The seats are firm and supportive for people of all types of build, and all-round visibility too, is good. What’s impressive is the space on offer, it clearly trumps all other cars in this segment on that front.
The EcoSport’s S, SE and Titanium models with FWD are powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cyl. Engine which makes 123 hp of power, 125 lb-ft of torque, and is painful to drive! Optional for those models and standard on the SES is AWD and a 2.0-liter four cyl. Engine, which produces 166 hp of power and 149 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
While there is nothing much to talk about the 1.0-liter motor, 2.0-liter motor is actually fun to drive, with peak power coming in early and the quick-shifting gearbox complements the motor extremely well. The steering although, is not communicative enough and the car feels subdued around corners. Brakes are very responsive, but brake pedal lacks initial bite. Overall, though not pleasing, Ecosport’s performance will keep most of the owner happy.
The Pop model comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 160 hp of power and 184 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Optional for the Pop and standard on the Trekking and Lounge trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which makes 180 hp of power and 175 lb-ft of torque. This motor is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. While FWD is standard across the board, AWD is available on models equipped with the 2.4-liter engine.
As evident, the pick of the lot is 2.4-liter motor. Power delivery is linear and smooth, and gearbox offers super-slick shifts. Handling is the department where 500X truly shines. The steering is full of feel and feedback, and with firm suspension setup, the car is eager to dart into corners and makes you feel connected to the road. Braking performance is also excellent, and overall, 500X is the one car whose performance will bring a wide grin on your face.
The Ecosport was awarded 5 stars by NHTSA, which is impressive. However, the car lacks some top safety tech such as adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, which its rivals offer.
Though crash tests are not yet available for the 500X, IIHS has rated the 500X highly on safety tech it offers. The car is loaded with top-notch safety tech, which includes lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
The 500X is clearly the winner here, as it offers better interior, more practicality, better performance and safety. The quirky looks might turn some buyers off, but overall, it is a much better product than its closest rival, the Ford Ecosport.