Slide on to the front seats and the new less curvaceous dash design is obvious. But what catches your undivided attention is the large eight-inch vertically positioned infotainment screen that’s perfectly within reach. It gets the brand's Sync 3 tech which is a smooth and quick unit to begin with. Plus, there’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay too, in addition to earlier functions like Emergency Assist. Instrumentation is all-new, and although it appears clean, the dials are a little too small for my liking. Ford also claims that they’ve reworked the air-con to cool the cabin quicker than before.
That said, there’s a new attractive multi-functional steering wheel that holds the controls to the MID (multi-information display). On the whole, while the quality of switchgear looks to have improved, some bits like the tacky hard plastic used on the dash and lower cabin reminds you of the outgoing car. This time around, however, the front arm-rest is wide enough to cater to both front passengers and there’s ambient lighting in the footwells too! And if you were still wondering, there's enough cubby space on the lower centre console and door pads to hold your belongings, cups and bottles too.
Let’s look at the front seats now. They’re now wider and the cushioning is softer than the earlier EcoSport. While the contours do a good job of keeping you in place during spirited drives, there’s ample thigh support, knee-room and headroom even for tall passengers. Since the rear portion of the front seats have been scooped out, there’s enough legroom at the rear too. What’s great is that the cushioning on the rear seats are also as soft as the ones in the front, and the appropriate contours and backrest angle offer good comfort. There’s loads of thigh support, adequate legroom and headroom here too. However, seating three adults in the rear seats has proven to be a tight fit and the absence of rear air-con vents doesn’t help either. While Ford has retained the same boot size, a valuable addition is the rear seat-base that folds upwards to allow the seat-back to drop flat in the Titanium+ variant.
A quick look at the features list of the Titanium+ revealed functions such as ABS with EBD, six airbags, rear parking sensors and camera with guides, auto wipers and headlamps, smartphone-based navigation along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also driver’s seat height adjust, front-centre arm rest with storage, rear centre armrest, projector headlamps with LED DRLs and leather upholstery. You additionally get ambient lighting, 17-inch alloys, cruise control with adjustable speed-limiting device and a tyre pressure monitoring system.