OD garage: Ford EcoSport after 22,000 kilometres and 8 months
It's been an up and down with the EcoSport in OVERDRIVE. Those of you who follow our long term reports will know that we've gone through three different cars before the blue one you see here came along. The previous cars had all sorts of electrical gremlins, one of them rolled into a tree when the inattentive Ford driver forgot to engage the handbrake when he dropped it off to us and the third one ended up with a damaged sump.
The blue car however ran with us for five months without any serious issues. It did have a rattle coming from the rear suspension but that was fixed in the last service. However there was also a rattle from the drivers side that was never quite resolved.
The EcoSport could always have done with a little more lower end grunt, but a smooth and rev happy diesel meant it wasn't hard to get decent performance out of it. On the other hand, it also meant that mileage was never a high point and we hardly used to see much more than about 13.5kmpl in real world driving.
But the EcoSport was especially endearing to me because it addressed the smaller details. The size is perfect for the big city and accurate parking sensors make parking a breeze. The driving position is spot on and the cabin is very comfortable for the front passengers. Rear space isn't bad either and it's an enjoyable car to drive. A little more grunt and better ride over poor roads would have made this a really good machine. All said, the EcoSport is not perfect but I find myself missing it more than most cars that leave our garage. Few cars have struck a chord like the EcoSport has.
Total mileage: 22,435km Date acquired: Apr'14 This month: Mileage 3005km Fuel 228 litres Efficiency 13.2kmpl
Starts Rs 7.99 Lakhs
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