Subcompact crossover segment has become incredibly popular. Sure, compact models are more popular but subcompact variants are great alternatives. One fine example is the forthcoming 2020 Ford EcoSport SE that is alternative for the Ford Escape. Alternative is the right word, because EcoSport can’t match Escape in literally every category.
Still, EcoSport is reliable model available in numerous trim levels. This time, we will introduce you the SE trim. This trim level comes with a ton of upgrades. That includes body-color accents, silver wheels, latest phone integrations and much more. For 2020, SE trim will get a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a larger display.
Strange Design and Numerous Standard Equipment
The 2020 Ford EcoSport SE trim level brings plenty of novelties. For the start, this trim adds so many exterior equipment. That includes LED running lights and windshield wiper de-icer. On top of that, you will get numerous body-colored features. Roof rails are standard, just like the rear privacy glass. Ford introduced new generation last year.
However, many customers weren’t satisfied at all. First of all, many people find EcoSport inelegant. On top of that, styling is not that impressive. Tail is looking very strange especially with the short overhangs. On the other hand, proportions are very city-friendly. Whatsoever, Ford improved the ride height which turns out to be a smart move. Silver wheels are available as standard and are looking perfect.
The upcoming crossover offers plenty of room from the inside. Rear occupants will find surprisingly enough legroom. Comfort is good and cargo area is decent. Whatsoever, cargo space is rated at only 20.9 cubic feet. Base model comes with the cloth upholstery. However, the 2020 Ford EcoSport SE is much more premium with leather seats.
Ford offers keyless entry and ignition system, auto climate control and new driver information display. On top of that, power-adjustable front seats, adjustable cargo floor panel and new Sync3 infotainment system are standard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and others phone connectivities are also in the offer. Safety isn’t impressive at all. Interestingly, EcoSport SE only adds blind spot monitoring. When it comes to new features, Ford now offers a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Two Engine Options
The SE trim level comes with a standard 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. This unit is mated to an 6-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, front-wheel-drive is standard. Output is rated at 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive setup is optional and extremely recommended.
Speaking of optional, a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder delivers 166 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Ford EcoSport SE can tow up to 1400 pounds and AWD setup will add 600 pounds of rating. Standard engine delivers 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Optional engine is rated at 23/29 mpg.
2020 Ford EcoSport SE Price and Release Date
If you want a five-seat subcompact crossover, you will find better options. The 2020 Ford EcoSport SE offers solid power, low safety rating and ample interior room. However, this model is affordable and it starts at $20,000.
The SE trim level will cost slightly more, around $24,000. Basically, if you want to buy EcoSport model, you should go for the SE trim level. On top of that, load optional AWD system. Ford will release its new crossover before the end of 2019.