By comparison this diesel version has a tepid 0-62mph time of 14.0sec and feels every bit as slow. Ford claims an official kerb weight that’s 34kg more than the petrol too.
This diesel also feels less refined and slower to gather up pace from low speeds, making it less well suited to town driving. The engine is also rather vocal in a manner that’s distinctly less appealing than the characterful thrum of the three-pot unit.
The feel of the electric power assisted steering in this diesel is slightly more weighty than the EcoBoost’s over-light set-up, but that’s about the only area where the oilburning EcoSport eclipses the vivacious little turbocharged petrol variant.
Should I buy one?
Or rather, is this diesel worth the supplementary outlay, which seems modest but could prove anything but in this intensely competitive segment?
True, this is the most economical and, at 120g/km of CO2, the cleanest version on offer. However, on the evidence of our test, the real-world fuel economy gains over the EcoBoost are likely to be smaller than the manufacturer’s claims – driven back-to-back over an identical test route, the diesel returned 45mpg, the EcoBoost a slightly lower 40mpg.
That makes a less compelling case for this variant unless you’re a high-mileage driver who will make sufficient tank fills to recoup the extra cash you pay up front.
Ford EcoSport 1.5 Duratorq TDCI
Price £16,495; 0-62mph 14.0sec; Top speed 99mph; Economy 61.4mpg; CO2 120g/km; Kerb weight 1384kg; Engine 4cyls, 1498cc, turbocharged diesel; Power 89bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 150lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 5-speed manual