Which Variant Of 2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Is Best Value For Money? Variant Comparison

Which Variant Of 2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Is Best Value For Money? Variant Comparison

Before comparing the variants of the 2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 petrol, let’s start with getting an overview of the first real sub-compact SUV - starting with the prices.

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Variants - Prices

The 2019 Ford EcoSport starts at Rs. 7.81 lakh for the Ambiente variant with a petrol engine. The range-topping S variant of the EcoSport, which gets the turbo petrol engine costs Rs. 10.85 lakh (ex-showroom).

2019 FORD ECOSPORT PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | DEC 2019

 

AMBIENTE

TREND

TITANIUM

TITANIUM+

THUNDER

S

1.5L PETROL MT

Rs. 7,81,000

Rs. 8,61,000

Rs. 9,40,000

Rs. 9,99,900

Rs. 9,99,900

-

1.5L PETROL AT

-

-

-

Rs. 11,20,000

-

-

1.0L PETROL MT

-

-

-

-

-

Rs. 10,85,000

1.5L DIESEL MT

Rs. 8,31,000

Rs. 9,11,000

Rs. 9,90,000

Rs. 10,80,000

Rs. 10,80,000

Rs. 11,35,000

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Variants - Engine Specs

The Ford EcoSport’s 1.5-litre normal petrol engine makes 123PS of power while the 1.0-litre turbo petrol makes a class-leading 125PS of power. Not significantly better than the Hyundai’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol. Similarly, the torque output stands at 150Nm for normal petrol and 170Nm for the turbo petrol. The turbo petrol’s figures are on par with the Venue, Nexon and XUV300. But the more mainstream 1.5-litre normal petrol’s figure stands at a very respectable 150Nm.

2019 FORD ECOSPORT VS COMPETITION

PETROL ENGINE SPECS (BS4)

 

Ford 

EcoSport

Hyundai 

Venue

Tata 

Nexon

Mahindra

XUV300

Honda

WR-V

Displacement

1.0-litre Turbo

1.5-litre

1.0-litre Turbo

1.2-litre

1.2-litre Turbo

1.2-litre Turbo

1.2-litre

Power

125PS @ 6000rpm

123PS @ 6500rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

110PS @ 5000rpm

110PS @ 5000rpm

90PS @ 6000rpm

Torque

170Nm @ 1500 - 4500rpm

150Nm @ 4500rpm

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

115Nm @ 4000rpm

170Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

200Nm @ 2000 - 3500rpm

110Nm @ 4800rpm

Transmission

6-MT

5-MT & 6-AT

6-MT & 7-AT

5-MT

MT & AT

MT

MT

Claimed FE

17.6kmpl

16.5/14.6kmpl

18.2kmpl

17.5kmpl

17kmpl

17kmpl

17.5kmpl

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Variants - DImensions

The EcoSport doesn’t have the longest wheelbase, the best ground clearance, the biggest boot or the widest body. But it fares well in all of these areas and is pretty far from the bottom of the barrel.

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 Ambiente Variant - Buy Only If You’re On A Budget

The Ambiente variant of the Ford EcoSport gets functional features like tilt and telescopic steering, all four power windows, height adjustable front and rear headrests and electrically-adjustable outside mirrors. The safety kit includes 2 front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, double-barrel headlamps, day/night inside mirror, central locking among others. It also gets a 4-speaker music system with Bluetooth and USB. Since it covers the basics fairly well, it’s worth considering but we can’t recommend it wholeheartedly since it misses out on a few essential safety equipment like rear defogger, washer and wiper. We’d suggest you consider the Trend variant instead.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L PETROL | AMBIENTE VARIANT

Rs. 7,81,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Dual Front Airbags

Day/night IRVM

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

Quadbeam Reflector Headlamp with Chrome Bezel

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 ORVM with Turn Indicator

Dark interior theme

High Speed Alert

Engine Immobilizer

 

Speedo & Tachometer with gear shift indicator

 

Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Pretensioners

Follow me home headlamps

 

12V Power Source Outlet

 
     

Shopping hooks in the boot

 

 

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

The Trend variant is Rs. 80,000 pricier and that additional cost brings with it features like a 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. These features not only enhance the ownership experience and the style of your EcoSport but also cover the safety angle.

Unfortunately, the touchscreen doesn’t come with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Even worse is that these features are reserved only for the top-shelf S variant.

So, this is a great option to consider but certainly not the most value-for-money variant of the EcoSport. Especially because the Titanium variant is scores even worse in the value-for-money aspect.

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

Rs. 8,61,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation

Automatic Air Conditioner

Body Coloured Outside Mirror

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 Petrol Titanium Variant - Not Recommended

The Titanium variant brings with it a steep increase in ex-showroom price of almost Rs. 80,000 and features such as fog lamps, halogen 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. Most of these features you can get post purchase. This option is even better because you can choose specific features that you find most valuable instead of picking up the entire package. And, there’s a good chance you’ll come out with a bit of change left in your pocket. So, we’d suggest you skip this variant and instead consider the Titanium Plus variant.

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

Rs. 9,40,000 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety 

Functional

Style

Fog Lamps

Front Full Console Armrest with Storage

LED DRL

Chrome Front Grill

Projector Headlamp

Power Fold Outside mirror

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 Petrol Titanium Plus Variant - Top Recommended

The Titanium Plus variant adds a modest Rs. 60,000 or so to the price tag and gets you a sunroof, 4 extra airbags, 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. These features are certainly worth more than what the premium to upgrade to the Titanium Plus variant might suggest. It’s a no brainer. This is our top recommended variant if you want to buy the 2019 Ford EcoSport with a BS4 petrol engine.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L PETROL | TITANIUM PLUS | FEATURES OVER TITANIUM

Rs. 9,99,900 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Functional

Style

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Rear Seat Armrest with cupholder

Electric Sunroof

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Chrome Inside Door Handles

Traction Control System (TCS)

Sunglass Holder

 

Hill Launch Assist(HLA)

Automatic Wipers

 

Side & Curtain Airbags

Automatic Headlamps

 

Auto Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror

Front Map Lamps

 



FORD ECOSPORT VARIANT COMPARISON

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | DEC 2019

 

TITANIUM

DIFFERENCE

THUNDER

PETROL MT

Rs. 9,40,000

Rs. 59,000

Rs. 9,99,900

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Thunder Variant - Not Recommended

For the same price as the Titanium Plus, you can also opt for the Thunder variant, which adds a few cosmetic features over the Titanium Plus trim but takes away a few critical safety and functional equipment. So, we can’t recommend the Thunder variant over the similarly-priced Titanium Plus variant.

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

Rs. 9,99,900 | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | DEC 2019

Safety

Functional

Style

Brake Assist 

Rear Seat Armrest with cupholder

Electric Sunroof

Bold Black Front Grille

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) 

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Cognac Interior

Black Headlamps & Fog Lamps Bezel

Traction Control System (TCS)

Folding grab handles

Leatherette Seats

Outside Mirror Black

Hill Launch Assist(HLA)

Puddle lamps

Front Door Scuff Plates

Black Painted Roof

   

Vinyl Soft Armrest- Front 

R16 Black Alloy Wheels

   

Thunder Decal

Rear Spoiler

     

Spare Wheel Cover

 

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol Titanium Plus Automatic Variant - Slightly Expensive

There’s only 1 variant of the Ford EcoSport petrol with the option of automatic. Thankfully, it’s the most value for money variant - Titanium Plus. However, the premium you pay for not having to play with the clutch and gear lever will cost you Rs. 1.2 lakh. That’ll get you a 6-speed torque converter automatic, which is an archaic technology but also known to be far more reliable than a dual-clutch automatic. Its price is a bit on the higher side but not too high either. Buy if you want your EcoSport with an automatic.

2019 Ford EcoSport BS4 Petrol S Variant - Not Recommended

The upgrade to the S variant costs Rs. 85,000 and brings with it the acclaimed 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. It makes 125PS of power at a lower 6000rpm and a stronger torque of 170Nm between 1500 and 4500rpm - the widest torque band in the segment. And there’s a 6-speed manual transmission too to make the most of its strong mid range performance.

Besides that, you get brighter HID headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, cooled glovebox, colourful ambient lighting and black elements similar to the Thunder variant. It has a smaller 8-inch touchscreen but with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. There’s also gets the Ford MyKey feature to limit the top speed and ensure that the driver wears a seatbelt - very important feature indeed as it gets the performance-oriented engine.

Back in the day, this was the gold standard of small, turbo charged petrol engines. The game has changed. You now have Nexon, XUV300 and Hyundai Venue available with punchy turbo petrol engines. So, the EcoBoost engine isn’t its strong point - even less so because the normal petrol engine is also a good performer. In fact, the turbo petrol could cost more when the time comes to maintain because the Ford’s turbo petrol engine isn’t as heavily localised as its rivals.

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

Rs. 10,85,000 | 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 - 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 Petrol Best Variant - Titanium Plus

To recap, the Ambiente and Trend variants are both reasonably well equipped. The Trend more than the Ambiente. But their value proposition is still not as strong as the Titanium Plus but not as bad as the Titanium variant either.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5L DIESEL

OUR RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

Ambiente

Rs. 7,81,000

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

Trend

Rs. 8,61,000

Not a value-for-money upgrade, but worth considering if you don’t want to spend any more on any higher variant of EcoSport

Titanium

Rs. 9,40,000

Not recommended

Titanium Plus

Rs. 9,99,900

Top recommended variant

Titanium Plus Automatic

Rs. 11,20,000

Slightly expensive over its manual counterpart, but it’s the only automatic variant

Thunder

Rs. 9,99,900

For those who can sacrifice on features of Titanium+ for looks. Not recommended otherwise.

S

Rs. 10,85,000

Not recommended

 

2019 Ford EcoSport Petrol BS4 Variants 

 

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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