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Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente 5MT

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Family first from Ford.

Motus Ford never ceases to amaze when it comes to buying the perfect vehicle. Lavonne Davis, the Dealer Principal, is herself a loving mother and deems the Ford EcoSport to be the perfect family SUV. We show off the family-oriented Ford EcoSport, which is fitting to any young family unit, and hope our readers will consider this as their next buy.

The Concept:
The Ford EcoSport is a subcompact crossover SUV, currently in its second generation, with a few new tweaks that we love; many fans of the car have been waiting for updates, and will find the latest model to be up to standard. The EcoSport does a great job of ticking off the boxes, which every family needs: a low cost, down-to-earth, efficient and durable vehicle capable of some off-roading adventure. It is the quintessential vehicle for wandering around in urban terrain, from work to school and back, or cruising down to the coast during December vacations, the EcoSport offers space and versatility for the family.

The Looks:
Boasting a trapezoidal grille paired with angular headlights, Ford makes it known that this EcoSport is ready for action, able to take on the duties of everyday life. The bumpers are body-coloured to further the streamlined and modern look, presenting a straightforward and modest exterior. Black door handles and mirrors add the right amount of contrast and links to the rugged underlining of the EcoSport. The bold and noticeable fog lights wrap up the look of the EcoSport. The contemporary features and feminine design with perky touches makes this EcoSport even more attractive to the eye.

The Feel:
A perfect fit for every woman behind the steering wheel, the EcoSport allows for tilt and telescopic adjustments on the steering wheel, including a manual height-adjustable front seatbelt for that perfect position. The interior feels clean and crisp, and more mature than its predecessor: the layout is a basic design that you can easily feel familiar with, and is easy to use. The recently designed analogue cluster with monochrome display screen is one of the modern tweaks made to the updated model. A soft-touch interior with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob add to the sense of luxury. The seats are leather and redesigned to give optimal comfort for long trips. The power windows on this model offers convenience to all the occupants in the vehicle. There’s also great visibility due to its large windows, and it offers impressive ground clearance, to boot.

The Features:
Safety is ranked highly in the EcoSport, so we are not surprised to find that the EcoSport has more than just a few safety features. This includes ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESC (electronic stability control), EBA (emergency brake assist), EPAS (electric power assisted steering), and child proof rear door locks. It also has six airbags for all-around family safety. Space in the boot is one of the key selling points of the EcoSport, with a honeycomb construction layout that is stronger than before, and can support heavy luggage of up to 300 kgs. A 4.2-inch non-touch screen with first generation SYNC interface boasts features like Bluetooth, voice control and two USB ports. This just makes driving the EcoSport so much more agreeable.

The Drive:
The 1.5-litre turbodiesel powertrain has an output of 74 Kw and 205 Nm of torque, and is paired to a five-speed manual transmission. The EcoSport is economical with a relatively low fuel consumption figure of 6.4 litres per 100 km. The drive is admirable, and the EcoSport handles South African tar roads well - rough gravel and dirt roads are not a problem for it, at all. The EcoSport also manages steep up and down hills and sharp corners with ease. The drive overall is pleasing without feeling forced or jerky; it simply delivers, and we enjoyed every minute of driving the EcoSport.

Where To Find It:
You can find this family-fit EcoSport at Motus Ford Kempton Park or on their website at:

Written By: Nita Stadler
Edited By: Belinda Anderson