Which Variant Of 2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Is Best Value For Money? Variant Comparison - Ambiente, Trend, Titanium, Titanium Plus, Thunder, S

Which Variant Of 2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Is Best Value For Money? Variant Comparison - Ambiente, Trend, Titanium, Titanium Plus, Thunder, S

The 2019 Ford EcoSport is the car that started this segment of sub-4m SUV. It still looks great and is a formidable option worth considering in the sub-compact SUV space. If you have your eyes set on buying a new 2019 Ford EcoSport with the BS4 diesel engine, then this in-depth analysis will explain to you know which variant is the most value for money.

2019 Ford EcoSport

2019 Ford EcoSport-

 

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Variant - Prices

Let’s start with the prices. The 2019 Ford EcoSport starts at Rs. 7.81 lakh for the Ambiente varian with a petrol engine. The diesel engine though starts at Rs. 8.31 lakh and tops out at Rs. 11.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

It’s worth noting that if you choose the EcoSport diesel instead of petrol, you only have to pay Rs. 50,000 for the upgrade - if you stick with the Ambiente, Trend or Titanium variant. If you go beyond that, the gap increases to Rs. 80,000 for the Titanium Plus and Thunder variant. It’s difficult to comment about the S variant as the gap again drops to Rs. 50,000 but the S variant is only available with the acclaimed 1.0-ltire turbo petrol engine.

2019 FORD ECOSPORT PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | DEC 2019

 

AMBIENTE

TREND

TITANIUM

TITANIUM PLUS

THUNDER

S

1.5L MT PETROL

Rs. 7.81 lakh

Rs. 8.61 lakh

Rs. 9,40,000

Rs. 9,99,900

Rs. 9,99,900

-

1.5L AT PETROL

-

-

-

Rs. 11,20,000

-

-

1.0L MT PETROL

-

-

-

-

-

Rs. 10,85,000

1.5L MT DIESEL

Rs. 8.31 lakh

Rs. 9.11 lakh

Rs. 9,90,000

Rs.10,80,000

Rs.10,80,000

Rs. 11,35,000

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Variant - Engine Specs Comparison

Before we get to the variants, let’s first see where the EcoSport stands compared to its competitors with respect to its engine specs.

Ford EcoSport Front Exterior

The power, torque and fuel efficiency figures of the EcoSport’s diesel engine ares neither at the top nor at the bottom. They’re adequate though as it makes 100PS of power, 205Nm of torque and delivers 23.0kmpl. However, besides the Brezza, the EcoSport diesel is the only one other compact SUV with a 5-speed manual transmission. It’s worth noting here that the EcoSport’s diesel engine has the widest peak torque band of 1500rpm (1750 - 3250rpm) suggesting that it’s a strong performer all throughout the rev range.

2019 FORD ECOSPORT BS4 DIESEL VS COMPETITION

ENGINE SPECS

 

Ford EcoSport

Hyundai Venue

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Mahindra XUV300

Tata Nexon

Honda WR-V

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.4-litre

1.25-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Power

100PS @ 3750rpm

90PS @ 4000rpm

90PS @ 4000rpm

116.6PS @ 3750rpm

110PS @ 3750rpm

100PS @ 3600rpm

Torque

205Nm @ 1750-3250rpm

220Nm @ 1500-2750rpm

200Nm @ 1750rpm

300Nm @ 1500-2500rpm

260Nm @ 1500-2750rpm

200Nm @ 1750rpm

Manual Transmission

5-speed

6-speed

5-Speed

6-speed

6-speed

6-speed

Automatic Transmission

-

-

5-speed AMT

6-speed AMT

6-speed AMT

-

Claimed FE

23.0kmpl

23.7kmpl

24.3kmpl

20.0kmpl

21.5kmpl

25.5kmpl

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Variant - Dimension Comparison

The EcoSport’s middle-of-the-road performance continues in the dimension department as well. While the length of all competitors is about the same, the EcoSport is neither as narrow as the Honda WR-V nor as wide as the Mahindra XUV300. Same is the story with its wheelbase, ground clearance and boot space, which stand at 2519mm, 200mm and 352 litres, respectively. It is, however, the tallest, but that’s partially because of the roof rails.

2019 FORD ECOSPORT VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Ford EcoSport

Hyundai Venue

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Tata Nexon

Mahindra XUV300

Honda WR-V

Length

3998mm

3995mm

3995mm

3994mm

3995mm

3999mm

Width

1765mm

1770mm

1790mm

1811mm

1821mm

1734mm

Height

1647mm

1605mm

1640mm

1607mm

1627mm

1601mm

Wheelbase

2519mm

2500mm

2500mm

2498mm

2600mm

2555mm

Ground Clearance

200mm

190mm (est)

198mm

209mm

180mm

188mm

Boot Space

352 litres

350 litres

328 litres

350 litres

257 litres

363 litres

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Ambiente Variant - Buy Only If You’re On A Budget

The Ambiente variant of the Ford EcoSport gets the usual suite of safety kit including 2 front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, double-barrel headlamps, day/night inside mirror, central locking among others. There’s also a 4-speaker music system with Bluetooth and USB.

Ford EcoSport Interior

On the functional side, it has tilt and telescopic steering, all four power windows, height adjustable front and rear headrests and electrically-adjustable outside mirrors as standard equipment.

The Ambiente has the safety bit covered along with basic necessities but it’s misses out on a few functional and safety features it could’ve had. We’d say you should buy this only if you can’t afford to jump to the Trend veriant.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL | AMBIENTE VARIANT

Rs. 8,31,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Dual Front Airbags

Day/night inside mirror

2 DIN Audio system with 4 speakers

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel

Front Grille Black Gloss

ABS With EBD

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

AM/FM, MP3, AUX-in, USB

Front & Rear Power Windows

Dark interior theme

Rear Parking Sensors

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Bluetooth Connectivity

Height adjustable front & rear headrest

Black out Decal on C-Pillar

Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Reminder

Central Locking

 

Electric Adjustable outside mirrors with Turn Indicator

 

High Speed Alert

Engine Immobilizer

 

Speedo & Tachometer with gear shift indicator

 

Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Pretensioners

Follow me home headlamps

 

12V Power Source Outlet

 

Double-barrel headlamps

   

Shopping hooks in the boot

 

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Trend Variant - A Good Buy But Not The Best Value

The jump to the Trend variant costs Rs. 80,000. That sum gives you additional safety fatures like rear defogger, rear washer and wiper, rear-view camera, a 9-inch touchscreen, steering-mounted controls , automatic AC, body-coloured outside mirrors, door handles and silver front grille. All of these feature not only help enhance the looks of your EcoSport, but also add some convenience and safety features.

The touchscreen infotainment, though, is a disappointment as it doesn’t get the modern smartphone connectivity suite like Apple Carplay and Android Auto. These features have become common these days and it’s a shame that Ford is reserving them for only the top-of-the-line S variant.

Ford EcoSport Side Exterior

We can’t call this variant value-for-money either because it doesn’t get Rs. 80,000 worth of additional equipment over the Ambiente variant. But it covers most of the basics really well. So, if you don’t want to stretch your budget further, then this is a variant that only has a few misses. For example, it doesn’t get a front armrest. But you can buy that as a spare from the service centre and add it post purchase. Fog lamps, projector headlamps and alloy wheels are also features you can add to your SUV later during the ownership. Hence, instead of making the jump to the Titanium variant.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL | TREND VARIANT | FEATURES OVER AMBIENTE

Rs. 9,11,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation

Automatic Air Conditioner

Body Coloured Outside Mirrors

Rear Wiper & Washer

2 Front Tweeters

Height Adjustable Driver Seat 

Body Coloured Door Handles

Rear Camera 

Audio Controls on Steering Wheel

Dual USB Ports

Light interior

   

Driver & Passenger Seat Back Pockets

Silver Front Grill

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Titanium Variant - Not Recommended

The Titanium variant adds about another Rs. 80,000 to the ex-showroom price. It adds fog lamps, projector headlamps, LED DRLs, electrically-folding outside mirrors, rear parcel tray, front armrest, leather steering cover, 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome grille among other features.

Ford EcoSport Exterior

This variant again disappoints as the value of the additional features doesn’t match the price difference of Rs. 80,000. Besides, most of these features can be installed after the purchase as well. We’d suggest you to instead jump up to the Titanium Plus variant or get the Trend variant and add the features you need at a later stage. This variant is not recommended in our books.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL | TITANIUM VARIANT | FEATURES OVER TREND

Rs. 9,90,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety 

Functional

Style

Fog Lamps

Front Full Console Armrest with Storage

LED DRL

Chrome Front Grill

Projector Headlamp

Electrically Folding Outside mirrors

16-inch Alloy Wheels

Front & Rear Bumper Applique

 

Power window with one touch driver side down

Roof Rails in satin aluminium 

Fog Lamp Bezel body coloured

 

12V Power socket in back

Leather Steering Wheel

Premium Cluster with chrome rings

 

Rear Parcel Tray

   
 

Boot light

   
       
       

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Titanium Plus Variant - Top Recommended

The Titanium Plus variant is Rs. 90,000 more expensive than the Titanium variant. Unfortunately, the price premium for the diesel variants is Rs. 30,000 more than what you’d pay to get the Titanium Pus petrol. But the addition of a big-ticket item like the sunroof covers the majority of that Rs. 90,000 gap. For a lot of you, it’s an important feature. Those who value safety a bit more than others will be glad to know that the Titanium Plus variant also gets you 4 extra airbags. The sunroof and extra airbags alone cover the price difference over the Titanium variant.

Ford EcoSport Exterior 

It also gets electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, rear armrest with cup holder, 60-40 split rear seats, auto-dimming inside mirror, sunglass holder, automatic wipers and automatic headlamps. Thus, the Titanium Plus variant also picks up the slack for the Titanium and Trend variants which did not add enough high-value features. This is the top recommended and most value-for-money variant of the 2019 Ford EcoSport diesel.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL | TITANIUM PLUS VARIANT | FEATURES OVER TITANIUM

Rs. 10,80,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Functional

Style

Auto Dimming Inside Mirror

Rear Seat Armrest with cupholder

Electric Sunroof

Electronic Stability Control

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Chrome Inside Door Handles

Traction Control

Sunglass Holder

 

Hill Start Assist

Automatic Front Wipers

 

Side & Curtain Airbags

Automatic Headlamps

 

Emergency Brake Assist

Front Map Lamps

 

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Thunder Variant - Not Recommended

The Thunder variant is an oddball. It costs the same as the Titanium Plus variant but doesn’t get extra airbags, auto-dimming inside mirror, automatic wipers and automatic headlamps. That’s a lot of missing features, which you can get in the Titanium Plus variant at no extra cost.

Ford EcoSport Interior

What you do get, though, with the Thunder variant are some style elements like black alloy wheels, fog lamp bezel, front grille, outside mirrors, and roof. Other exclusive features of the Thunder variant include puddle lamps, folding grab handles, scuff plates, PU leather seats, Thunder decals, rear spoiler and spare wheel cover.

If you like the styling of the Thunder variant and are willing to let go of some of the safety and functional features, then go for it. But, it’s not a bargain. The Titanium Plus variant offers better value. If you want your EcoSport to stand out, then you should consider the S variant. 

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL | THUNDER VARIANT | FEATURES OVER TITANIUM

Rs. 10,80,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Functional

Style

Brake Assist

Rear Seat Armrest with cupholder

Electric Sunroof

Bold Black Front Grille

Electronic Stability Control

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Cognac Interior

Black Headlamps & Fog Lamps Bezel

Traction Control

Sunglass holder

Leatherette Seats

Outside Mirror Black

Hill Start Assist

Folding grab handles

Front Door Scuff Plates

Black Painted Roof

 

Puddle lamps

Vinyl Soft Armrest- Front

R16 Black Alloy Wheels

   

Thunder Decal

Rear Spoiler

     

Spare Wheel Cover

     

Metallic Pedals

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel S Variant - 

For an extra Rs. 55,000, the S variant gives you a 1-inch smaller touchscreen infotainment but with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. There’s also brighter HID headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, cooled glovebox, colourful ambient lighting and all the black elements of the Thunder variant. A good deal indeed but the Titanium Plus variant covers all the necessities so, go for the S variant if you want to stand out.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL | S VARIANT | FEATURES OVER TITANIUM PLUS

Rs. 11,35,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

ISOFIX

8-inch touchscreen Infotainment System

Cruise Control

High Black Gloss Front Grille

HID Headlamp

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Puddle Lamp - On Outside Mirrors

Black Painted Fog Lamp Bezel

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

SYNC3 with Voice Recognition

Glove Box cooling

Black Painted Roof Rails

Ford MyKey

   

Black Painted Roof

Emergency Assistance

   

Leather Seats

     

Satin Orange Interior

     

Glossy Black Inside Door Handles

     

Sporty Alloy Pedal

     

Multicolour Footwell Ambient Lighting

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Diesel Best Variant - Titanium Plus

The 2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 diesel’s Ambiente variant is a decent option to consider. The Trend is a great buy over the Ambiente and suitable for those who don’t want to spend much more than that. The Titanium and Thunder variants of the EcoSport diesel offer poor value for money. Meanwhile, the Titanium Plus variant is our top pick. The S variant is also a good deal for those who like the stylish looks of the Thunder but want a better value.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

Ambiente

Rs. 8,31,000

Those who can’t stretch their budget can consider this variant

Trend

Rs. 9,11,000

Not the most value-for-money, but okay to buy if you don’t want to spend more

Titanium

Rs. 9,90,000

Not recommended

Titanium Plus

Rs. 10,80,000

Top recommended variant

Thunder

Rs. 10,80,000

Not recommended

S

Rs. 11,35,000

Recommended for those who want their EcoSport to stand out on the road

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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