The EcoSport comes in four variants - 1.5-litre diesel, 1.5-litre petrol which also comes in six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the 1-litre EcoBoost petrol (the one we drove in Goa was fitted with the EcoBoost engine).
Debunking beliefs that SUVs are powered by diesel-guzzling engines, the EcoSport is propelled by a compact petrol engine that churns out a healthy 123 BHP power. Turn on the ignition, and the silent 3-cylinder heart barely hums, something which we hadn't expected. Step on the pedal and the EcoSport cheerfully accelerates amid city traffic.
The 5-speed gear complements the engine with its precise gear ratio.
As long as you're in the city, the vehicle doesn't lack power.
However, when you get on the highway or in the hills, the vehicle starts to huff and puff.
The power lag is so evident that overtaking is only possible in third gear. If you want to step on the gas you need to wait for the needle to cross 1500 rpm.