The new Ford EcoSport has just launched, and the refreshed subcompact crossover already has its sights set on cementing its place in one of the country's most competitive segments.
Its update is anything buy minor, too: The EcoSport now comes available with a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, new transmission, and a handful of aesthetic tweaks. Those are considerable upgrade, but will it be enough to propel it further ahead of competition like the Nissan Juke?
The Juke's lone variant, the 1.6 CVT, is very close in terms of price to the EcoSport. The EcoSport 1.5 Trend AT goes for P1,028,000, while the Juke carries a price tag of P1,021,000.
With the EcoSport's mid variant, you're getting a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 121hp and 150Nm. The Juke, meanwhile, packs a 1.6-liter engine capable of 114hp and 154Nm of torque. It's close, but when you look at factors like safety and cargo capacity, the American offering starts to pull away.
Number of airbags goes to the EcoSport, which comes with front side airbags compared to just airbags for the driver and passenger in the Juke. In terms of cargo, the EcoSport can carry up to 1,178 liters compared to just 830 with the Juke.
There are a handful of things to consider, so why not just take a look at their spec-by-spec breakdown below and decide for yourself. Let us know in the poll which subcompact crossover you'd go with.
Ford EcoSport 1.5 Trend AT
Nissan Juke 1.6 CVT
|Cargo capacity (liters)||Up to 1,178||Up to 830|
|Engine||1.5-liter gasoline||1.6-liter gasoline|
|Power||121hp @ 6,500rpm||114hp @ 5,600rpm|
|Torque||150Nm @ 4,500rpm||154Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Fuel tank capacity (liters)||52||52|
|Brakes (front/rear)||Disc||Ventilated disc/solid disc|
|Front suspension||Independent MacPherson Strut with coil spring||Independent MacPherson Strut|
|Rear suspension||Semi-independent twist beam||Torsion beam axle|
|Wheels||17-inch alloy||17-inch alloy|
|Tires||205/50 R17||215/55 R17|
|Audio system||9-inch toucscreen with Bluetooth||2 DIN display audio|
|Airbags||Driver/passenger, front sides||Driver/passenger|
|Dimensions (mm)||4,325 x 1,765 x 1,656||4,135 x 1,765 x 1,580|
|Ground clearance (mm)||209||180|