2014 BK Ford EcoSport is FWD only; no sat nav or reversing camera

Ford has launched its Fiesta-based EcoSport to take on the likes of the Holden Trax and Nissan Juke.


Sadly sat nav, reversing camera and touchscreens are off the menu (for now), but the EcoSport does feature a tailgate mounted spare wheel as standard. This means that the BK EcoSport has an swing out rear door, like what you’d see on real bush-bashing four-wheel drives, such as the Toyota LandCruiser Prado and Mitsubishi Pajero. That said all Australia-bound BK Ford EcoSport models are front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is not offered.

The BK Ford EcoSport range kicks off with the A$20,790 Ambiente, which is equipped with a 82kW/140Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine hooked up to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Standard equipment on the Ambiente includes 15-inch steel wheels, full size spare hanging on the rear tailgate, old school swing-out tailgate, power windows, rear fog light, seven airbags including driver’s knee bag, and air conditioning.

The audio system has a 3.5-inch in-dash display, steering wheel audio controls, CD slot, auxiliary jack, USB port and six speakers. Also standard is Ford’s Sync system which has voice recognition and, via a Bluetooth pairing to your smartphone, allows for automated emergency assistance dialing.

In the middle of the pack is the A$22,290 Trend that has the 82kW/140Nm 1.5-litre paired up with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission; the 92kW/170Nm 1-litre 3-cylinder turbo (sorry, EcoBoost) petrol engine paired with a 5-speed manual is an option. Standard equipment extends to 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, map lights for front seat occupants, cruise control, chilled glove box and a slightly blinged up exterior.

At the top of the pile is the A$25,790 Titanium which gains chrome exterior detailing, roof rails, sportier front seats, leather interior trim, self-dimming rear vision mirror, proximity entry key, push button start, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, and reverse parking sensors.

Dimensions

Length: 4,010mm (excluding spare tyre); 4,245mm (including spare tyre)
Width: 1,765mm
Height: 1,658mm (excluding roof rails); 1,708mm (including roof rails)
Wheelbase: 2,521mm
Ground clearance: 200mm
Weight: 1,289kg (Titanium 1.5L)

Engines, fuel economy

1.5L petrol 1L turbo petrol
Cylinders 4 3
Power 82kW 92kW
Torque 140Nm 170Nm
Fuel 95RON unleaded
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed dual-clutch automatic
5-speed manual
Fuel economy (city) 8.6L/100km 6.7L/100km
Fuel economy (highway) 5.2L/100km 5.1L/100km
Fuel economy (combined) 6.5L/100km 5.7L/100km
CO2 emissions 154g/km 131g/km

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]