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So long Ford EcoSport – Here are the crossovers you can buy instead

The Ford EcoSport has officially been delisted, bringing an end to its more than nine years on the local market.

The crossover has been serving as the brand’s last affordable model in South Africa for over a year following the loss of the Figo and Fiesta in 2022, as the carmaker has instead focused its efforts on its next-gen Ranger and Everest series.

The EcoSport’s departure therefore comes as a significant loss to the passenger vehicle segment, as Ford has yet to officially announce a replacement. However, it now seems all but certain that we will soon be getting the Ford Puma, as a Gauteng dealership recently listed the car on its site for pre-order before taking it down again.

Until concrete plans from the blue oval are made public, South Africans will have to content themselves with alternatives from other automakers; the good news being is that there is no shortage of options within the compact SUV space.

For reference, the EcoSport had a starting price of R311,400, which went up to R416,900 for the range-topping Titanium trim level.

There were three engines to choose from – a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol – with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission connecting the driveshaft to the front wheels.

You can see a breakdown of their performance in the table below:

Engine Power Fuel consumption
1.5-litre petrol 91kW/150Nm 6.4l/100km
1.5-litre turbo-diesel 74kW/205Nm 4.6l/100km
1.0-litre turbo-petrol 92kW/170Nm 6.3l/100km

Equipment found on all models included 16-inch steel wheels, a multifunction steering wheel, a 4.2-inch media display with Bluetooth, six speakers, fabric seats, manual air conditioning, and rear parking sensors.

Higher-spec versions would then throw in automatic LED headlights, 17-inch alloy rims, roof rails, a spare wheel cover, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, an 8-inch infotainment screen, leather upholstery, seven speakers, ambient lighting, keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, and front parking sensors.

What’s available for the price of an EcoSport

Below is a list of all the crossovers that you can currently buy in South Africa for a similar price to the outgoing Ford EcoSport.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


Mahindra XUV300 1.2T W6

  • Starting price – R292,999
  • Power – 81kW/200Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.3l/100km


Nissan Magnite 1.0 Turbo Acenta

  • Starting price – R306,900
  • Power – 74kW/160Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.3l/100km


Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Urban

  • Starting price – R308,900
  • Power – 83kW/138Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.0l/100km


Hyundai Venue 1.2 Motion

  • Starting price – R314,900
  • Power – 61kW/115Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km


Honda WR-V 1.2 Comfort

  • Starting price – R320,800
  • Power – 66kW/110Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.4l/100km


Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 XS

  • Starting price – R329,400
  • Power – 77kW/138Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.1l/100km


Kia Sonet 1.5 LX

  • Starting price – R338,995
  • Power – 85kW/144Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.0l/100km


Opel Crossland 1.2

  • Starting price – R339,900
  • Power – 60kW/118Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.1l/100km


Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.5 GL manual

  • Starting price – R339,900
  • Power – 77kW/138Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.0l/100km


Haval Jolion 1.5T City

  • Starting price – R344,950
  • Power – 105kW/210Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.5l/100km


Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen

  • Starting price – R377,999
  • Power – 66kW/210Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 5.1/100km


Mazda CX-3 2.0 Active

  • Starting price – R397,300
  • Power – 115kW/206Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.9l/100km


VW T-Cross 1.0TSI Comfortline

  • Starting price – R399,000
  • Power – 70kW/175Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 4.8l/100km


Mitsubishi ASX 2.0 ES

  • Starting price – R399,990
  • Power – 110kW/197Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.5l/100km


BAIC Beijing X55 1.5T Dynamic

  • Starting price – R420,900
  • Power – 130kW/305Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.2l/100km


Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2T Feel

  • Starting price – R429,900
  • Power – 81kW/205Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km


Omoda C5 1.5T 230T Tech

  • Starting price – R447,900
  • Power – 115kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.9l/100km


Proton X50 1.5T Standard

  • Starting price – R449,900
  • Power – 110kW/226Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km


Peugeot 2008 1.2T Active auto

  • Starting price – R464,900
  • Power – 96kW/230Nm
  • Fuel consumption – 6.5l/100km


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