For those reading this and considering an Ecosport with the new reg 19 coming up, I will give you some insight into what it is like to own one.
Lets get the negative comments out the way first
First of all, all the car reviewers call it a small SUV, I would rather say its medium sized, as there is plenty room inside the cabin and boot space is adequate, for golf clubs, baby pram etc, though back seats goes down if you have larger items.
The one bad thing about the car is getting used to the front A pillars on the windscreen as they are massively wide and the triangular piece of glass is next to useless and causes more of a blind spot. Once you get used to some head jiggling to see round these two blindspots then the car is fine. (Just wonder why they had to be so thick, suppose its down to safety).
Note that on some models, roof bars are not included and are an extra (I had to pay more for these), though they can be aftermarket fitted as they are just bolt on. I would recommend the roof bars with the car, if you are into carrying push bikes like me, or wanting to carry holiday luggage on holiday with a roof box, they are good to have.
Also you do not get a spare wheel that is extra. On my 2016 model you got the full sized spare with wheel cover on the back of the car as an extra, but now with the new shaped facelift models (late 2017 onwards) you can get a spacesaver tyre that goes in the boot as an extra. You can buy this on Ebay or from Fords at a later date if you wish.
OK, now on to the good stuff....
The car can now be offers in a 1.0 three cylinder petrol engine or a 1.5 eco diesel, though the majority of Ecosport drivers buy the 1.0 petrol, due to the obvious reasons that the government are trying to get us off diesels in the near future, plus there are some technical issues with EU6 diesels being more complex, ie, adblue is needed and oil and filter changes more frequent. (I have the 1.5 petrol which was on offer in 2016, but no longer available on the facelift model).
Automatics are available and there is one variant with 4x4 drive. Though I believe only one owner on here has mentioned he is getting a 4x4, the rest of us are happy enough with 2 wheel drive for normal road use.
Even the most basic model has a lot of extras and is well made and all come with alloy wheels.
Of course costs go up as you go for higher trim models, (as usual).
Reliablity is real good for a Ford and in my three years of driving this car, I have only had one fault and it was self inflicted, I forgot to put low temp screen wash in the wash bottle for wipers, and the pipes froze and one connector popped with the ice and so my rear wash sprung a leak in the cabin roof, (Ford fixed it under warranty, and said nothing except to remember me to put in low temperature screen wash next time DOH)
Fuel consumption in the 1.0 petrol is around 44 MPG on average , I get around 42 MPG in my 1.5 petrol. Diesel will be in the higher 50's MPG or more. Car is easy to drive, steering nice and light, clutch pedal light and gear change smooth enough. Seats are comfortable for a long run (I have cloth, so cannot say for leather seats).
Controls are easy to use and reach, again cannot say for new shaped facelift model except it has more electronic displays and gadgets. Overall a very easy and pleasant to drive SUV. UK Road tax is £140 on most models.
On a final note, the only thing I have against the new facelift Ecosport is the cost, (as all new car costs have risen somewhat). As when I bought the 2016 model it was what I thought at a reasonable price for a medium sized SUV. Now, to buy a new shaped facelift model I would rather consider a demonstrator model or a pre-registered model to get the costs down but still have a nearly new car. Also some new car websites like carwow, etc, can offer around 10% or more discount if you do not mind traveling a distance to get the cheapest priced car. The other option is to lease rather then buy. Anyway, which ever way you finance the car, you will find its a good car to have
PS...If any facelift owner wants to add any more comments on their version, please do.