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  1. Tryambak Pramanick
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  3. Thursday, August 06 2020
Hi Gagan,

I want to buy a compact SUV good build and handling. I like to pursue landscape photography and therefore would like to use the vehicle for touring purposes. Hence I am thinking of buying the Diesel S variant for Ecosport.
But I am find very polarizing sentiment about the car.

Firstly , While doing my research , I found that It is a good value for money option car, but it has Clutch issue in Diesel variant. I read multiple reviews complaining the clutch is very hard , not possible to drive in city and it will introduce KNEE INJURY and knee problem if I use the car regularly. In fact I read a few reviews where the owner is a doctor and advised against buying the vehicle.

Secondly,While most of the reviews are good but there a very negative reviews also regarding the clutch problem. Even some of the owners complained that the car comes with clutch issue from day 1 and ford never helps them and rather blames the owners for their driving style.

I am planning to use the vehicle primarily for touring purpose but If CLUTCH is a big issue and if I am not able to drive the vehicle after buying it for 14.60 LAKH rupees , then I will end up wasting the money which is a very big amount.

Please advise if CLUTCH is really such big issue and should I avoid buying the car.

I have booked it for 10000/- but can cancel the booking as per your advise.

If I have to cancel , could you please advise a good alternative.

Thanks and Regards
Tryambak Pramanick
Admin Accepted Answer
Greetings !!

Ford Ecosport S Diesel comes with lot of Positives as
> Immaculate Build with Advanced Fully Loaded Safety
> Good Punchy Diesel Engine Performance - fun to drive experience
> Ford Signature Sync3 Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple car play
> Descent Handling and Stiff Suspension for Better Highway Dynamics

which you would have been definite considered in while making selection of the car

However, there is no second thought that
> Clutch is relative stiff
> Lesser space for Footrest
> I also yes observed that for someone like me who wear 10 size shoes has slight tight space near foot pedal

For someone who
> Upgrading to Ecosport Diesel from a Petrol Hatch from Maruti, Hyundai would definite be bothered initially
> Also, for someone who test drive in Creta Diesel, Seltos Diesel can find a significant difference in clutch smoothness and space for relaxing driver side footrest on highway

Having said same - its all an adjustment. As for some one who is going to drive on day to day usage would just get used to with the fact that car is designed with a
> Stiff clutch
> Space is limited for footrest
and wont be bothered in.

Its like getting used to with the car. Personal experience, I drove Ecosport Diesel for a long trip and back from Delhi to Dehradun and back the same day - 500 Kms and it was just comfortable.

But to give you a factor
Now options are extending, yes Ecosport Diesel is
> Fun
> Build, Safety

But if you compare clutch towards even
> XUV300 Diesel
> Seltos Diesel

there you wont find any such issue of stiff clutch (as what one get in Ecosport), but as every car has its own pros-cons,
> XUV300 : Although Punchy and Best in class safety in W8 Option but has relative higher noise levels from suspension and not the best for bad roads
> Seltos : An excellent choice in HTK Plus, but lacks advanced safety as otherwise is there in Ecosport S Diesel

So - its more like getting used to, and although Stiff clutch yes is there and yes is stiffer than other cars but not something which can be that bothersome. Been every car has its own set of pros-cons - you have to decide on if you seek to go with it, to my view - its an adjustment and on day to day drive can be near good.

Hope should help !!

  1. more than a month ago
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Tryambak Accepted Answer
Ok ... This means it is not as horrible as it seems after reading the negative reviews.

If it is manageable then I think buying the car would not be that bad a decision !

one more query ! The TYRE BURST issue !!
Some buyers report that the low profile 17inch tyre is prone to damage .
However , as I checked in showroom , the car now comes with 16-in 205/60 tyres.
Does this downsizing already rectified the issue ? or the problem still persists with the new downsized tyre aswell?

Please let me know

Also , please help in pointing out , if there is any other negative/con that I should be aware of , as a perspective buyer !

this will help

  1. more than a month ago
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Admin Accepted Answer
Yes, certainly is not that bad.

Tyre issue - there are many issues reported by owners
> Ecosport Tyre Issue
> Low Profile Tyre Issue

But it was related to 17 Inch, and thus finally Ford decided to stick to 16 Inch Wheel
No issue as such in Ecosport R16

For more details on Ecosport, pl refer - Ford Ecosport Review

Should help !!
  1. more than a month ago
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Ronjoy Borthakur Accepted Answer
I have Ecosport petrol 2018 which is damaging my knee due to it's long and hard clutch.i have made complaints to Ford two three times but got zero resolution.Yes it's a fun to drive car but just for fun I can't now think of damaging myself.Now I am thinking of saying goodbye to Ford soon and buy Xuv300(much lighter clutch) or Kia sonet.
Ronjoy Borthakur
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