Thankfully, it doesn’t have the nauseous old spare wheel blotting the landscape as it clung to the rear tailgate door.
However, you still need nearly two car lengths of parking space to load or unload anything of substance.
It is, I’ll readily admit, an improvement on what went before.
There are two versions, Active 1 priced at €21,900 and Active 2 at €23,900 with extra luxury items.
The considerable price increase over the Fiesta may be a sales inhibitor but the crossover craze and controversial buy-now pay-later PCP style of getting behind the wheel of new cars could see many hundreds of sales a year.
The two-level boot boasts a capacity of 355 litres – not great – but I didn’t have need for much use of it.
Inside, they’ve tried to upgrade the cabin with this and that – they’ve scattered ‘upmarket’ ST-Line touches all over the place – but there is no escaping a sense of cheap-and-not-so cheerful.
I would have expected it to have more comprehensively addressed major areas of criticism such as handling and ride, road noise and a general sense of what you should expect a small SUV to have in 2018.
To be fair, it does have more than 2,300 new parts. And, to be fair, my test car was particularly well equipped.I’d say that first Eco Sport was one of the worst cars I’d driven for a long time. The so-called ‘European’ version was not good at all; I certainly had quality issues with it.But at the time, Ford needed something in the expanding small SUV market where demand was exploding. Yet I think they’d have been better off waiting to get a proper motor.I also try to gauge how I felt in it; not just the technicals and the equipment but the ambience (if you want to call it that), too.The Eco Sport does well on creature comfort and safety spec but the cabin is still average.Above all, it is a long way from being a decent drive even though they say it is ‘tuned’ for European roads.