2019 Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 AT review: Small, fun, reliable

Ford EcoSport Titanium

The Ford EcoSport is one of the more popular crossovers in the market today. Its rather small dimensions make it an ideal mode of transport in the urban jungle. Think of it as a taller subcompact sedan: it possesses the comfort and practicality of a small car, and the versatility of a small SUV.

The Ti-VCT 12-valve 3-cylinder is quite a departure from the 4-cylinder powerplant of the previous model. While it shares the same engine size, one less cylinder means more fuel economy. Meanwhile, the improved tuning resulted in more torque and power. The Ford 3-cylinder is one of the market’s bigger displacement engines available today. The EcoBoost 1.0-liter is also 3-cylinder, albeit in a more powerful form by way of turbocharging

Ford EcoSport Titanium

The problematic dual-clutch of previous models has been discontinued, and the basic but bulletproof automatic took over the shifting chores. Shifting is easy, and you can take advantage of the increased torque by flooring the accelerator.

The body design is still the basic small SUV look with the now-familiar spare wheel at the rear gate.

Ford EcoSport Titanium

Gone is the dual grille; it’s been replaced by a single trapezoidal grille with big horizontal teeth. A reshaped fascia now features bigger twin-chamber headlights and integrated signal and driving lights.

The 205/50 R17 are bigger but more aesthetically pleasing to the EcoSport profile. Lower tire profile results in more rigid and firm handling.


Ford Ecosport Titanium

The black interior with silver accents is simple but elegant. No frivolous overlays or fake wood. It seats five passengers quite nicely, but cargo space is at a minimum. However, fold the rear seats and you will be able to fit large boxes inside.

The dashboard is no frills and easy to read. The entertainment system dominates the center dash with its 8-inch LCD screen. It’s easy to operate from the steering wheel controls, and connects immediately to the preferred smartphone programmed beforehand.

A panoramic moonroof is an aesthetic plus. Nice to have but not necessary.

2019 Ford Ecosport Titanium 1.5 AT Specs

  • ENGINE: 1.5 Ti-VCT 12-valve 3-cylinder, petrol engine
  • TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
  • POWER: 122hp @ 6,000rpm
  • TORQUE: 150Nm @ 3,600rpm
  • BRAKES: ventilated disc front, disc rear
  • SUSPENSION: independent MacPherson Strut front, fully independent multilink rear with stabilizer bar
  • TIRES: 205/50 R17
  • SAFETY: driver and passenger airbags, front and rear seatbelt, electronic door locks, ABS with EBD, immobilizer, security alarm, ISOFIX anchorage points, speed sensing door locks
  • DIMENSIONS: 4,325 x 1,765 x 1,656mm, 1,220kg
  • PRICE: P1,100,000

Speed says

The Ford EcoSport Titanium 1.5 AT is one of the most preferred subcompacts by young students and professionals. Its small dimensions and torquey engine make it easy to drive and park. The previous model suffered from a trouble-prone dual-clutch transmission system that put a dent in the sales and reputation of the EcoSport. We’re glad that Ford rectified that glitch and put in the reliable 6-speed auto tranny.

Words Earl Manalansan
First published in Speed Magazine’s September 2019 issue

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