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I look forward to hear from you guys on the ford Ecsport. I plan to buy Ecosport but am hearing a lot of rumours on 2017 Ecosport coming very soon so wanted to know from you guys in case i shoiuld be waiting for the same.Also a question on the diesel engine is that i am looking for peppy and enthusiastic engine will it be good choice to go with this vehicle.
dinesh2509 posted a topic in AAA - Ask Autocar AnythingHi Team, Recently i purchased 1.5L petrol Ecosport Titanium in Mumbai. I asked dealer to do antirust coating and install engine guard (guard under engine). Prices quoted by dealer were approx 3k for antirust and 9k for engine guard. But my salesman suggested antirust is not reqd for new car and engine guard is recommended only for diesel. Just wanted to know is antirust treatment recommended for new car or after certain kms. And do you recommend to install an engine guard for petrol variant. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
Hi guys, I feel in love with Ford Ecosport ever since the first image started lingering around on the net. Once it was launched i made a thorough study ( which took me 1 month since launch) and went ahead to book the Ecosport. Options I had while Booking a car withing a Budget frame of 9 Lakhs to 12 Lakhs 1. Ford Ecosport 2. Hyundai Verna 3. Skoda Rapid 4. Renault Duster Currently Owned Cars: Hyundai Sonata Embera (AT) Petrol, Tata Indigo (LS) Diesel. First i decided to sell the Sonata Embera because of its heavy maintenance cost and poor spare availability. Even a minor fault took me in spending 5 digits figure as a min. charges. Hyundai Verna I visited my near my Hyundai showroom and booked a test drive of Hyundai Verna 1.6 (sx). The Executive were prompt and arranged me test drive vehicle as scheduled. Verna is in fact a fabulous vehicle in its class. No match to its interiors and features. It felt so premium and upmarket. The material quality is top notch. Fit and finish is flawless. The engine is so refined, i wasn't it even able to hear a diesel engine's rev sound inside the cabin. It felt great to drive. My only consideration was the suspension. It was too soft for my style. It felt bumpy while riding it on a bad Indian monsoon road. Other than that there is nothing Flaw in this car. If not Ecosport I decided to go for Verna. Skoda Rapid Skoda being performing well over its sister concern Volkswagen is decided to go for Rapid Instead of Vento. Rapid was better performer in all aspects when compared with Vento. Be it space inside cabin and ride quality, engine performance, it felt great. I felt like taking on any road with a flat drive. It felt very comfortable for driving. Though it was not loaded it flashy interior as in verna, Skoda Rapid is decently equipped Performance Vehicle. Since the service of skoda is not that overwhelming i decided to play safe in post vehicle maintenance. So Rapid was ruled out from my Game Plan. Renault Duster It is a vehicle with Muscular looks from outside, but inside there is hardly updated as of 2013-14 requirements. The interiors are poorly laid out because the buttons are not it the place where u expect them to be (bad ergonomics). I felt spending 12.4 lakhs for basic variant duster wasn't worth it. The engine of the TD vehicle which i drove was so noisy. It did 25000Kms and the engine's turbo lag is so evident in it. The Executive himself told that the car needs to be serviced and they don't have time to do that. It shows the quality of service they would offer in the future. I felt even my Tata Indigo (LD) diesel engine which did 91,000 Kms was more refined and powerful. Sorry for duster as in engine performance. But when comes to ride and handling Duster is no match and comes out as a clear Winner. Be it any road, the ride feels so comfy and spacious inside duster's cabin. Ford Ecosport The moment i stepped into the Ecosport and pushed the start button, i felt isolated inside the cabin. The NVH level is very low inside the cabin. We cant hear the outside world, the insulation level is very good. The Ac cooled the cabin in mins. Since we are not heavyly built people, we found the cabin space was decent to accomodate 3 people in the back (though not as spacious as Sonata Embera or Duster which cannot be compared with this segement of car). The interior looks so futuristic. All the features inside are controlled/monitored by the Microsoft Sync Device. The music quality in amazing. Even the small nodes are so clear and the bass is setup to perfection. I need not comment on the exteriors, as it has already taken up the crown of the smart looking car on the road. The engine is so nice to drive and Gear shift is so smooth and effortless. I only used the 1st and 2nd gear during the test drive inside the city. The car is well driveable in lower gears. The ride quality and suspension set up is good. It suits both city and highway drive. Though the Boot space is the only issue, i decided to compromise it on packing my weekend luggage as compact as possible. No wonder it won my heart as it has already won millions hearts all around the world. Love you Ecosport. Thanks to Ford Designers for making such an Masterpiece for Us. Booking and Delivery Scenario I booked the car in 3rd week since its launch Jun 26 in India. My dealer was MPL ford teynampet. I got a waiting period of 6-8 Months. Though they said we can expect the car in 3-4 months. I preferred to wait for this Jewel instead of buying another ordinary car on road. After continuous follow up for 6 months i got my vehicle alloted in the first week of Dec. After paying the initial amount and completeing the Bank Loan formalities, the car was ready for deliver on 13th Dec. I got good discount on Insurance from HDFC, the difference was nearly 9K from what the dealer quoted. My Booking Executive Shiva Ganesh was really very helpful and polite all through the process. I really got to thank him. He is an example for customer service. I took the car on 13th Dec, as it was the auspicious day as per Hindu Calendar and Father's Advice - I went along with my brother to the delivery point and take the vehicle for pooja to the Mylapore Kabaleeshwarar Temple. We decied to take the car after registering the car from RTO on Jan 1st week 2014. The Driver from MPL ford took us in their car to the delivery point. There we did a small Pooja and took few snaps. The Ford person was driving the car as we wanted the car only for pooja and final delivery on Jan 2nd. We went to temples performed pooja. Our family was very happy to see the new car, sparking like a Jewel in the evening light. It was memory of a life time that needs to be embedded in Gold. The car was so good. Though the stock wheels came up with MRF vts tyres. Though i was ok with it. The Final Day of my Jewel Landing in my home will be on Jan 2nd 2014. Eagerly Waiting for the day. The pics at delivery point are coming soon.