The Ecosport’s interior really was a bit of a disgrace and an embarrassment to Ford of Europe back in 2014. The car’s primary mouldings were variously hard, shiny, flimsy and unpleasant, its seats unyielding and its equipment sophistication pretty poor.
Some of that has now changed for the better; but not all. The 2018-model-year version got many of the mouldings and materials adopted by the new Fiesta in the same year; and so the Ecosport now has a pretty complete and usable ‘Sync 3’ 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, smartphone mirroring and FordPass app-based connectivity as standard. It also has a soft-touch moulded dashtop and more up-to-date looking Ford parts bin secondary controls.
You needn’t look very far elsewhere to find the old Ecosport’s cheapness weaseling its way back in, however. The car’s seats (‘sensico’ non-leather on our top-of-the-range test car) remain hard and flat, and while they’re manually adjustable for cushion height and angle as well as backrest angle, they don’t offer adjustable lumbar support. The driving position they put you in is reasonable, although it’ll be a little tight for front-row legroom for the very tall. Ford has refined the car’s steering column adjustment mechanism so it no longer crashes onto your lap when you unlatch it.
On the transmission tunnel, storage cubbies made out of shiny, cheap-looking mouldings let you know you’re in something that hasn’t been specified to Ford’s usual European standards for perceived quality (which, relative to some other brands, isn’t that high anyway). Those in the doors do likewise, and they’re not lined with either rubber or felt so anything hard you drop into them will slide, rattle and clank around a bit.