Ford EcoSport launch in India is awaited, and questions surrounding which variant to buy seem to be on many a mind.Of course, this isn’t a question limited to the Ecosport. Which variant does a buyer buy if they’re certain to sell the car in 3-4 years. What buyers are looking at is a projected resale value even before a car is launched. Add to this the cost of purchase and running cost for the intended period of use. Of course, buying a new car does have it’s complications. On numerous occasion all safety features are not a standard on an entry level vehicle.
There’s also the question of what daily usage is because that determines the need for fuel efficiency balanced with car purchase price. If one has daily usage (Monday to Friday) of only about 30 kilometres, and isn’t going to go out for long drives each weekend, then buying a diesel variant isn’t going to justify it’s higher purchase price in terms of operating cost. However if usage is way more, then diesel always seems to be the preference. There’s also the decision of automatic, or manual transmission.
The 1.0l Ecoboost is being introduced in India for the first time, and has enjoyed much acclaim in worldwide markets in varied litre capacities. Buyers today, do spend a considerable amount of time on online research to have a fair idea of what to enquire about once at a dealership. Questions pertaining to whether to buy a Ford EcoSport Diesel or Mahindra Xylo or Renault Duster have risen. Those who aren’t looking to buy immediately, and have some time in hand, have even introduced the Ford Maruti X alpha, and Dacia duster in this equation. With bookings beginning in June, purchase decisions are becoming real. So, can the Ford EcoSport with it’s 52 litre tank travel around 350 kms in 1 fill?