Petrol variants, particularly the 123bhp Ecoboost, will make up the vast majority of Ecosport sales in the UK, so that’s what we’re driving here.
Our test car was in entry-level Zetec trim, which will set you back from £17,495 and includes standard features such as 16in alloys, a 6.5in infotainment touchscreen, a DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
While we didn’t have too much cause for complaint so far as equipment is concerned, the same can’t quite be said of the way the Ecosport drives – European tuning and all.
Now, Ford can make a good car - just look at the excellent new Fiesta - but the Ecosport apple seems to have fallen rather far from the proverbial tree.
There’s no real environment in which this car truly feels in its element. Around town, the ride is noticeably firm - even on the 16in alloys of our test car - while on faster country roads, there's a worrying sense of skittishness that meant you can never feel properly confident in the car’s dynamic abilities.
The uneven surfaces that are so prevalent here in Britain only serve to further upset the Ecosport, while undulations create noticeable vertical movement. Sudden directional changes expose considerable amounts of lateral roll and cause the Ecosport to feel decidedly top-heavy.
This body roll is mitigated ever so slightly by the sports suspension fitted to the ST-Line model, but this has the adverse effect of making the car feel even more nervous over pockmarked roads. The Ecosport is by no means dangerous in its set-up, but next to rivals such as the Seat Arona, it's left wanting dynamically.
Out on the motorway, the Ecosport settles down considerably. The only real complaint here is a good deal of wind noise around the door mirrors. This is drowned out by road noise if you go for the ST-Line model with optional 18in alloys.
The Ecosport isn’t without its merits, though. The steering, for instance, is consistent and well-weighted, while the pedals are sensibly spaced and easy to operate. Adult passengers won’t feel uncomfortable when sitting in the back either, with decent head and leg room.
Ford's Ecoboost engines are also impressive. We sampled both 123bhp and 138bhp variants, and neither feel like they aren't up to the task of getting the Ecosport up to speed.
And the six-speed manual gearbox, while a bit long in the throw, feels direct and purposeful in its action.