Renault Duster Ford EcoSport Comparo

The Duster – So how does the Ford EcoSport compare against the Renault Duster? The Duster is visually bigger than the EcoSport and looks more an SUV, thanks to its wider body and massively flared wheel arches. The Duster has slightly more interior room and significantly more boot space. It also feels more solidly put together. The EcoSport is more tech savvy (has more equipment) with better driving dynamics to boot (mind you the difference between the dynamics of both cars is not much). Ford really needs to undercut the Duster as the French product is really impressive.

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Verdict – The Ford EcoSport is a terrific product but it’s no bigger than a hatchback in size, with quality which is average at best. As a package, the EcoSport is very pleasing and the aggressive price is bound to put the sales on fire for the American automobile giant. The EcoSport looks the part and ignites a special feeling as soon as you look at it. This further amplifies once you get behind the wheel, with dynamics being strong and delightful. There are a few shortcomings but nothing severe and the aggressive price by Ford makes you easily overlook them. The Ford EcoSport is terrific value and we definitely recommend it.

The Ford EcoSport looks smashing, drives well and offers quite a lot of equipment. Average quality and restricted space have been overcome with mouth watering pricing.

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What’s Cool

* Smashing exterior design
* Comfortable seats with good support and legroom
* Feature loaded
* Handling and ride balance
* EcoBoost engine performance and refinement
* Aggressive pricing

What’s Not So Cool

* Average interior quality
* Not wide enough for a fifth passenger
* Poor tyres

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2013 Ford EcoSport Specifications

* Engine: 999cc GTDI EcoBoost; 1499cc Ti-VCT petrol, 1498cc DV5 diesel
* Power: 125 PS @ 4200 RPM, 112 PS @ 6300 RPM; 91 PS @ 3750 RPM
* Torque: 170 Nm @ 1400-4500 RPM; 140 Nm @ 4400 RPM; 204 Nm @ 2000-2750 RPM
* 0-100 km/hr: 13.43 seconds (Diesel)
* Fuel Consumption: 18.9 km/l (EcoBoost); 15.8 km/l (1.5 Petrol MT), 15.6 km/l (1.5 Petrol AT); 22.7 km/l (1.5 Diesel)
* Tyres: 195/65/15, 205/60/16 Tubeless Radials
* Brakes: Ventilated Disc (Front), Drum (Rear), ABS
* Safety: ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, ESP, Hill Hold, Six Airbags, Parking Sensors

2013 Ford EcoSport Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 3999 mm X 1765 mm X 1708 mm
* Wheelbase: 2520 mm
* Front/Rear Track: 1519/1524 mm
* Ground clearance: 200 mm
* Turning Radius: 5.325-metres
* Boot Volume: 346-litres, 705-litres (with rear seats folded)
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 52-litres
* Kerb Weight: 1259 kgs (1L EcoBoost); 1241 kgs (1.5 P MT), 1268 kgs (1.5 P AT); 1290 kgs (1.5 D)

Further Reading

2016 Ford EcoSport Video Review
Ford EcoSport Automatic Review
Ford EcoSport vs Mahindra TUV300 – Video
Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster
Ford EcoSport vs Fiat Avventura
Renault Duster vs Ford EcoSport vs Nissan Terrano
Maruti S-Cross vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster