2019 Ford EcoSport

Interior


MSRP
$19,995
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2019 Ford EcoSport Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

Although the EcoSport's interior quality falls in line with similarly priced vehicles, it looks behind the times. There’s a decent amount of space up front, but the rear seats could use a little more legroom. The EcoSport has a good amount of cargo space for the class, however, and the available infotainment system is user-friendly and intuitive.

  • The interior appears to have ample amounts of hard plastic, but that's the norm in this price class. The SES adds orange trim throughout the cabin, making it more visually interesting than the standard monochrome interior." -- Edmunds
  • "You really notice the EcoSport's age throughout most of the interior. Hard plastics line just about every surface, with some questionable cut lines and panel gaps on the dashboard and doors. The seats are narrow and not very supportive, covered in some chincy (sic) faux leather. Most of the buttons look and feel outdated, as does the design of the instrument cluster." -- CNET (2018)
  • As you'd expect, the cockpit is narrow. The seats themselves are comfortable, though they could use more lumbar support. The rear seat makes for a rather upright posture, and legroom is very limited. Getting in or out is super-easy-one of the bright spots of this car." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Seating

There's seating for five people in the EcoSport. The driver and front passenger should feel comfortable, but rear occupants may feel a little snug in the legroom department. The front seats were designed with a high seating position, but the thick window pillars diminish forward visibility. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats come standard. Partial or full leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel are available. The EcoSport has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats.

  • "Forward visibility is obscured by large windshield pillars, while small sail windows at the pillar bases make futile attempts to reclaim some of that visibility. Thick rear window pillars also create large blind spots. The narrow rear window doesn't help." -- Edmunds
  • "With a six-foot-tall driver or front passenger, someone of the same size will just barely be able to comfortably sit in the back seat. … Individual rear head- and legroom numbers are about par for the course, but there's no denying the fact that the EcoSport genuinely feels cramped inside. Chunky pillars and huge swaths of cheap black plastic don't help the claustrophobia factor, either." -- CNET (2018)
  • While the EcoSport's small size translates into great maneuverability, it takes its toll on interior room. There's a decent amount of front-seat space, though really tall drivers may be short of both headroom and legroom. On the plus side, however, the driver seat can be raised really high - a boon to shorter folks - and the driver seat on our Titanium, at least, included a knob to adjust lumbar support. In back, headroom should be sufficient for those up to about 5'10", but while legroom is OK behind a normal-size driver, setting a front seat far back essentially eats it all up. At least the high-set seats and decent-size door openings make entry and exit a breeze." -- Consumer Guide (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features include Ford’s MyKey, a rearview camera, and the SYNC connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system.

Available features include automatic climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, fog lights, and rear parking sensors. You can also opt for satellite radio, a seven-speaker or nine-speaker audio system, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 6.5- or 8-inch touch screen.

The available infotainment system earns praise for its smartphone integration features and easy-to-use menus. There are physical controls as well, but reviewers say some of them are too low on the dash. Some rivals offer more advanced safety features.

  • "We also like the Sync 3 infotainment system. With an intuitive interface and quick reactions to user inputs, we think it's one of the best systems out there." -- Edmunds
  • The Sync 3 infotainment system standard on all but the base S includes satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality. It also boasts an easy-to-reach 8-inch dashtop touchscreen with volume and tuning knobs underlined by a few physical buttons. Other adjustments are made through the screen and are quite easy to figure out. So all good. That's not entirely the case with the climate system, however. While the Titanium, at least, has automatic temperature control, some of our testers complained that the physical controls are mounted very low, far out of easy sight or reach. But on the positive side, temperature and fan speed are adjusted with easy-to-use rotary knobs, and mode is selected through three physical buttons, with the unusual ability to activate defrost, dash vents, and floor vents all at the same time." -- Consumer Guide (2018)
  • Drivers these days expect to have access to a full complement of active safety features. The EcoSport offers some useful content in this area. This Ford can be equipped with rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and a blind-spot monitor. However, features like forward collision mitigation, lane-departure alert, and adaptive cruise control aren't available with the EcoSport. You'll find these features on rivals like the Toyota C-HR." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Cargo

The EcoSport has 21 cubic feet of cargo space when all of the seats are upright. Fold the rear seats down, and you’ll have a total of 50 cubic feet of cargo space. These are respectable numbers in the class. The EcoSport's cargo door is slightly different than what you’ll find with the competition. Instead of lifting up, the door is hinged to the side, like the front and rear passenger doors.

  • With 20.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and 50 cubes of maximum cargo space, the EcoSport makes a compelling case to drivers who like to move around with outdoor and weekend gear or shopping-trip hauls. It's more space than most rivals offer, although it's well short of what you'd get by sizing up." -- Edmunds
  • "The gate opened to a surprisingly roomy and useful looking cargo area. With the rear seats up, there's 21 cubic feet of space - enough for a nice pre-barbeque grocery haul. Put those useless rear seats down, and there's 50 cubic feet of space, which is more than the Chevy Trax, about on par with the Jeep Renegade, but considerably less than the Honda HR-V. We'd have no trouble loading up the dogs and a long weekend's worth of luggage and toys for a quick getaway, but we'd have to leave the kid behind." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "The EcoSport's cargo hold is accessed via a side-hinged door (the release is hidden in the right taillight) and offers a class-competitive 21 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 50 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded. For reference, a Honda HR-V has about 15 percent greater cargo volume. A removable false floor can be positioned higher-lining up with the folded seatbacks and making for a shallow, hidden stowage area underneath-or lower, adding a couple of inches to the cargo-area height. The rear seatbacks (split 60/40) fold easily once the seat cushions are flipped forward." -- Car and Driver (2018)
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