The compact SUV market has seen a tremendous growth in recent years and with only few options in the market to choose from, the manufacturers have been able to take a huge advantage of it by selling their cars in large numbers. The prices of the compact SUVs are generally in the same price range of luxury sedans, they become an alternative choice of buyers who want something different and do not want to go for sedans or big SUVs.
We do a spec comparison of the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano to see how they fare against each other.
Ford EcoSport Vs Nissan Terrano (Design and Exterior)
The EcoSport has been inspired from the Ford’s ‘One Ford’ approach. The SUV has been developed on the company’s global B platform. It is the same platform that is being used for the Ford Fiesta. The car has very modern styling, looks sporty and stands out distinctively.
The car has octagonal grille and large bumper. The headlights which are mounted high, the big muscular creases over the bonnet and prominent wheel arches give the car its sporty and SUV looks. Also, the spare wheel is mounted at the rear door which gives the car its true SUV personality.
The Titanium version of the EcoSport comes with 16-inches alloy wheels standard and the base variants come with 15-inches alloy wheels. The length of the car is apparently short at 3999 mm and is more noticeable from the sides. There’s ample amount of ground clearance (200mm) to care of speed breakers and should help in off-roading.
The Nissan Terrano with angular and bold lines on the front and rear makes the car look more like a traditional SUV. The flared wheel-arches make the Terrano look aggressive, distinguish it well enough to be categorized as a serious SUV. The top end variants of the car come with diamond-cut 16” machined light-weight alloy wheels in the top end variants, while the base and other variants come with robust steel wheels.
Overall the car looks very butch in comparison to the EcoSport.
Ford EcoSport Vs Nissan Terrano (Interior and Features)
The interior of the EcoSport look very similar to Fiesta and it shares various features with it. The dashboard, instrument console, stereo system controls, climate control unit are distinctively designed and reek of class.
The EcoSport is quite a spacious vehicle from the inside. The front and rear seats offer ample legroom and headroom. The seats get leather upholstery. The instrument console offers information like average speed, mileage, temperature etc. The EcoSport comes with a climate control unit, good quality audio system, plenty of storage space, reverse parking system. The 362-litre of boot space can be increased to 705 litres by folding the rear seat.
Nissan Terrano comes with two tone black & beige interiors. The lower variants come with fabric seats and the higher variants get leather upholstery. The interiors are spacious and quality of plastics is decent.
The top end variant comes with rear AC vents and rear centre arm rest which the EcoSport does not offer. It has lot of cabin storage spaces - map pockets, seat back pockets, cup and bottle holders in the door as well as between the front seats. The car offers generous amount of boot space – 475 litres which can be further increased by folding the rear seats.
Ford EcoSport Vs Nissan Terrano (Engine and Transmission)
The Ford EcoSport comes with one diesel (1.5-litre DV5) and two petrol engine ( 1 litre, 3 cylinder EcoBoost and 1.5 litre Ti VCT) options. The 1 litre, three cylinder EcoBoost petrol is more fuel efficient and has better torque output in comparison to the 1.5 litre Ti VCT petrol unit. The EcoBoost engine delivers 125PS of power 6000rpm and 170Nm of peak torque in the range of 1400-4500rpm. The diesel motor delivers 112PS of power at 3750rpm and peak torque of 204Nm in the 2000-2750rpm range. The 1.5litre petrol delivers 91PS of power at 6300 rpm and peak torque of 140Nm at 4400rpm range.
The diesel variant of the Terrano is powered by a 1.5 litre engine and is available in two different variants – the 85 PS base variant and the more powerful 110 PS top version. The Terrano also comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine that delivers a power of 104PS and 145Nm of torque at 3750rpm.
Ford EcoSport Vs Nissan Terrano (Safety features and Mileage)
The EcoSport trumps the Terrano with its extensive list of safety features. The EcoSport comes with ABS, 4 airbags, ESP, traction control and park assistance features on its top end petrol variant. The Terrano on the other hand only offers 2 airbags, ABS and park assistance features.
The 1 litre EcoBoost petrol engine on the EcoSport is more efficient than the 1.5 litre Ti VCT petrol engine It delivers 15.30kmpl in city conditions and 18.90kmpl on highways. The 1.5 litre Ti VCT petrol offers a mileage of 13.07kmpl in the city and 16.15kmpl on highway. The 1.5 litre DV5 diesel engine is the most efficient and delivers an impressive mileage of 19.30kmpl in city and 22.70kmpl on highway.
The Terrano on the other hand delivers 19kmpl on highway and 16.0 kmpl in the city with the diesel engine with 110PS power, while the same diesel engine tuned for 85 PS of power delivers mileage of 20.5kmpl on highway and 17.2kmpl in the city. The 1.6 liter petrol engine gives a mileage of 13.24kmpl on highway and 10.12kmpl in the city.
Both the SUVs that we have compared here are accomplished products. In terms of looks, the Terrano is a clear winner for us since it looks rugged and more like an SUV. The EcoSport on the other hand with its base version priced substantially low delivers everything that a conventional SUV should and it delivers it well at a price which is very hard to beat.
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