What is it?
We tend to like Ford products here at Autocar; generally speaking, when you get behind the wheel of something with a blue oval mounted on the airbag, it's likely to be a decent thing to drive.
So you can imagine our shock-horror when we drove the original Ecosport and sensed immediately that it was a bit of a woofer.
To Ford’s credit it read, it ruminated and it responded, instructing its engineers to make good all that was wrong – which, from our point of view, was mainly the ride, handling and refinement.
As a result the new Ecosport comes with retuned steering, suspension that’s been lowered by 10mm and new damper and spring rates. More sound insulation has been added, too.
Then Ford really got the bit between its teeth and started developing an even sportier version, called Titanium S, which we've driven in prototype form. This model gets firmer suspension and meatier steering, plus revisions to the stability control to make it less intrusive.