A rich heritage follows Lazarus Motor Company which spans over 60 years. Five manufacturers represent Lazarus Motor Company – including Ford, Mazda, Kia, Land Rover and Jaguar. The Ford dealership is buzzing with friendly staff and shiny vehicles. Sales Executive, Magda Lötter assisted with my test drive of the new Ecosport Trend Auto.

Magda is an energetic Sales Executive who excitedly shared everything about the Ecosport I needed to know. The rear looks very similar to the older version, but the front went through immense changes. You’ll notice the grill is a bit more refined, with bigger and better Halogen headlamps and fog lamps. The trapezoidal black grille and angular headlights are among the new features added to the Ecosport. In the Trend derivative, the door handles and side mirrors are body coloured, keeping to its dynamic theme. The central bulge on the bonnet contributes to its adventurous appearance.

The exterior was designed to have a clean, stylish appearance. The interior reflects this with a redesigned dashboard and upgraded Ford SYNC3 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment system which includes Bluetooth and two USB ports with iPod functionality. It also includes a front and rear 12V power point. The steering wheel has multifunctional capabilities to adjust your infotainment system and driver display. It is also tilt and telescopic adjustability. The glovebox has a cooling function for those hot summer days.

The drive is smooth and quiet. The Ecosport was specifically designed to block out wind and engine noises with a sponge-like material in the bonnet and a raised plastic pillar next to the side mirrors. For enhanced driving comfort, electric powered steering helps with easy manoeuvring.

The cabin offers an incredible 1086mm of leg room. The boot floor is also height adjustable which allows the hiding or adding of cargo. This can increase the boot capacity to 333-litres. It also has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, so you can travel with ease knowing everyone is safe. Other safety features include ABS, ISOFIX, six airbags and an immobiliser. The body frame was also modified to increase the safety of all occupants in case of collision.

The Ecosport has a 4-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, 4-year/60 000km service plan, 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance and 5-year/unlimited kilometre corrosion warranty.

For further information, visit or contact Lazarus Ford. Speak to Dealer Principal, Gerhard Visser; Sales Manager, Burger Genis or Sales Executive, Magda Lötter.

By Inge Stols

Editor: Kersh Moodley