Earlier this month, we were given the chance to try out the new Ford EcoSport (the EcoSport Titanium 1.0 AT, to be exact). The last time we tried the vehicle, we drove the 2016 model (read the review here). So how does the 2019 model compare? Read on!
1. It's easy to maneuver.
I said this the last time I drove the EcoSport and I'll say it again, this car is really easy to drive. Last time, I drove it through the small, busy streets of Intramuros and it was able to squeeze through the tightest corners with ease. This time around, I took it through city traffic and the same thing happened.
During the trial, I was also asked to take a few Flyweight classes in BGC. This added to my route, creating an even longer trip home. Though experiencing the traffic wasn't fun, having the car easily bob in and out of sticky situations was a big help. An even bigger help? On to the next point!
2. You can easily use your apps via the car's touch screen.
Traffic is a lot easier when you can access your phone's apps via your car. The first thing I noticed about the car's interior was the eight-inch touch screen that stood in the middle of the dashboard.
Pairing my phone with the car took an easy five minutes and a total of three brain cells, and when I was done, I had Waze and Spotify at my fingertips. With the SYNC 3 with Navigation technology, you can conveniently tinker with the entertainment system using voice control, plus take a look at snippets of your text messages and receive calls while on-the-go.
I could easily set my Waze locations because my favorites were already uploaded onto the Waze app in the car. Also, picking songs and podcasts to listen to was a breeze because they were all synced to the car, too.
3. It has a spacious trunk.
To put it to the test, I stuffed a week's worth of shoes of varying heights in the trunk. I was able to comfortably fit in seven pairs of shoes plus a cabin-sized carry-on! And it had plenty of room for more if you really wanted to cram more things in there.
4. The side mirrors will take some getting used to.
With a bit of warping at the outer portions of the side mirrors, perceiving the distance between other cars and yours will take a bit of practice. That said, it isn't anything too challenging or bothersome as long as you give yourself time to adjust to the new mirrors.
5. It has multiple USB sockets for multi-device charging.
When I'm on the go, my gadgets are at the mercy of my car's capacity to charge them, and that's only if I've brought a car charger with me. With the EcoSport, you won't have that particular problem because it has two USB sockets. This was a joy to experience because my husband and I usually fight over who gets to charge first, and with this feature, all we had to do was plug and enjoy a fully-charged phone at the end of the trip.
6. It's the perfect companion for out of town trips.
Aside from being able to easily navigate using Waze via the car's touch screen, the spacious vehicle is also a comfortable place to stay stuck in for long drives (or in my case, traffic jams). Though I didn't get the chance to take the car out of town, I could easily imagine driving down a highway (or winding roads) with the sunroof open, music blasting the soundtrack to a promising road trip.
7. It's missing a place to stow your hangers on.
You know where you usually hang your blazer to keep it from creasing? That handle you find on top of car windows? Well, you won't find it in this car and that's a bummer. (Although you will find those handles in the 1.5L Trend AT/MT variant, you wont get them with the 1.0L EcoBoost Titanium AT model we tried.) But that's okay because...
8. There is extra storage EVERYWHERE.
One thing they didn't skimp on: storage. With a whopping 25 smart storage compartments (plus the extra trunk space), you'll be hard-pressed to find a place that won't accommodate your stuff.
Drive safe, Preview girls!