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2020 Ford EcoSport Interior Review

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Interior: 6.5

The 2020 Ford EcoSport is a good fit for singles and those with small households, with a decent amount of cargo space and front-seat comfort. It gets a gold star for its outstanding optional infotainment system, and it has typical fit and finish for this price range. Play around with its side-hinged tailgate to make sure the design is convenient for you.

  • The 2019 Ford EcoSport's interior is a bit of a mixed bag. We love the big cargo area and configurable load floor, but the rear seat isn't all that accommodating and requires the rear-seat bottom to be flipped up to create a flat cargo floor." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Even though the Ford EcoSport's been on sale in other countries for the better part of a decade, its interior feels remarkably new. The cabin design is similar to what you'll find in other small Fords, and the materials quality is appropriate for the price." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 faux leather. Most of the buttons look and feel outdated, as does the design of the instrument cluster." -- CNET (2018)

Seating

The EcoSport is a two-row subcompact SUV with five seats. It has a reasonable amount of passenger space for a vehicle this size, though trying to fit a taller passenger behind a long-legged driver could be tough. Visibility is somewhat impaired by its wide roof pillars.

Cloth upholstery and four-way manually adjustable front seats come standard, as do 60/40 split-folding rear seats that fold completely flat. Upgrades include leather-trimmed seats, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

For securing child safety seats, this vehicle has two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

  • Though the side bolsters aren't very wide, they manage to secure front passengers in fast turns. Seat bottoms are firm and comfy, but the seatbacks feel flat as boards. The rear seats are similarly flat and shapeless." -- 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)
  • Not surprisingly, the EcoSport has a smaller interior [than the Escape] as well. This is most noticeable in the back, where there's about 4 fewer inches of shoulder width, which will make it difficult with three people across or when fitted with child seats. Legroom isn't actually that different, thanks to the EcoSport's tall-mounted seats and the fact that the Escape doesn't exactly have the most voluminous back seat. Rear headroom is also 1.5-inch greater in the Escape." -- Autotrader (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the EcoSport include Ford’s SYNC interface, a 4.2-inch display, two USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the Ford MyKey driver monitoring system. For 2020, the EcoSport also comes standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot, filling out a decent (though basic) set of infotainment features in the base trim.

The SYNC 3 interface is well worth the upgrade. It features an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a seven-speaker stereo system, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and voice-activated navigation.

Additional upgrades include a household-style power outlet, ambient lighting, fog lights, a moonroof, remote or proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

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  • Most controls are easy to reach, though some labels are cryptic, and some virtual buttons on the vertically oriented touchscreen are hard to hit." -- Edmunds
  • "Right away, we got to poking around the eight-inch central touchscreen. … Sync 3 is clear, simple, and responsive, this is a great interface to use. We've sampled this version of Sync in a number of vehicles of late, and each has been a pleasure. We're glad to see it in the EcoSport." -- Autoblog
  • The Sync 3 infotainment system … 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)

Cargo

The EcoSport has 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and up to 50 cubic feet with them folded. These measurements are slightly above average for a subcompact SUV. This Ford features 60/40 split-folding rear seats that fold completely flat, and the tailgate swings out to the side, unlike the typical rear gate that lifts up.

  • With 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row, the cargo area is roughly the same size as the Jeep Renegade's, and a bit larger than the Mazda CX-3's. Folding the rear seats increases this to 50 cubes, but you'll have to manipulate the front seats and fold the rear headrests down to yield max space. The left-hinged tailgate opens to side for curbside cargo-loading." -- 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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