it is interesting how Honda can seem to make a profit on the all now 2018 HR-V built in Mexico, but Ford can't make a profit on their 2003 refreshed model.
You mean refreshed version of the 2013
second gen model.
it's a class and size below the competition with allot more compromise (no spare tire, smallest interior
I wouldn't say it has the smallest interior, that would be the CX-3 (which is lower but longer).
Headroom, front/rear (in) 38.4 / 37.2
Shoulder room, front/rear (in) 53.5 / 50.4
Hip room, front/rear (in) 52.3 / 49.0
Legroom, front/rear (in) 41.7 / 35.0
Cargo volume - behind rear seats (cu ft) 12.4
Cargo volume - 2nd-row seats folded (cu ft) 44.5
Headroom, front/rear (in) 39.6 / 37.5
Shoulder room, front/rear (in) 53.3 / 51.3
Hip room, front/rear (in) 51.6 / 50.9
Legroom, front/rear (in) 42.9 / 36.7
Cargo volume - behind rear seats (cu ft) 20.9
Cargo volume - 2nd-row seats folded (cu ft) 50
Smallest exterior doesn't always mean smallest interior, unlike the Fiesta, the EcoSport actually has good interior packaging.
*The EcoSport's interior space is almost the same as the Chevy Trax which has a larger exterior.
smallest and narrowest wheels in the segment
Honestly I think its 16-inch and 17-inch wheels on 205/60R16 and 205/50R17 tires are just right for a sub-compact. I'd rather have those than wide wheels that require wide expensive low profile tires.
...and obviously poorer interior quality. What's worse is that the US is getting the cheaper Indian built model which Europe hated, rather than the better upgraded Estonian built version which gets better amenities, interior trim materials, sound isolation, suspension tuning, instrumentation, and much more.
The only thing the US version lacks is the ST-Line version. Is there actual proof the US-spec model has less sound insulation? US-version is made in India but the specs are not the same as the Indian-spec model.