As its name suggests, the EcoSport is a sporty, compact crossover offering an economy-minded package. Since the Launch in 2012 the EcoSport has found its way into many driveways in South African homes and proved reliable and avoided bursting into flames, It has plenty of storage space and a fun side-hinged rear hatch. A turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with front-wheel drive is standard, I doubt the 2.0L model will make its way to SA but both use a six-speed Manual with Automatic options. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also available is a 675 watt 10-speaker premium sound system.
The interior finishes on the Titanium-spec examples are unremarkable—acceptable, not overly cheap. The base cabin has a bit more personality, with copper-colored trim and copper stripes on the seats. The 8.0-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback looks good, and the home screen is able to display audio and phone info simultaneously with a map. The screen’s swipe and pinch-to-zoom functionality are intuitive, and yet there are welcome knobs for volume and tuning. It’s part of a simple dashboard with straightforward controls.
We are going to miss the Quirky rear wheel mounted on the back of the EcoSport, it was Big part of the Personality for the little
city adventure. I’m sure the new look will grow on us, as well as age the out going model.
Pricing should start at R267 000, but the outgoing Model is currently on Special at R225 000?
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