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Is there really even a market for it? I know its a point which is brought up when any new genre comes out but still...

Why not just get one of the larger, premium Hatchbacks instead of a mSUV?
 

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Cost.

Please excuse my brevity, sent from my Sony Xperia
 

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A lot of people are leaning towards buying an SUV but because they live in the city and they have no actual use for them they just buy a smaller version of it. A lot of brands are developing small SUVs because of this. Actually, every brand I know that has an SUV, also developed a smaller SUV for 2014.
 

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It fills the void for people who want a SUV but don't want the high price or can't justify spending a fortune on petrol that those big SUVs use.
 

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I agree FordMum but how much cheaper is the EcoSport than other SUVs? If it's smaller than a regular SUV then it is great for those who want an SUB but who live in the city where parking is limited and spaces are small.
 

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As others have said, a lot of people want a 4x4 without having to pay for the price of a regular one. Hatchbacks are fairly common compared to 4x4's and a lot of people like to be a little less like the crowd and get something not as many people own. Hatchbacks are massively popular and I think quite a lot of people will probably want something new without compromising on a lot of the practicality and the fuel economy of the smaller hatchbacks.
 

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Another reason that some people want one is for mobility problems. I was a car salesman for 10 years and a motability specialist. If someone has let's say bad knees, hips or back, then bending to get into even a generously hatchback can be extremely difficult, painful or even just impossible. The extra height afforded by these vehicles allows them to gain access far more easily. Also the fact that it is 2wd means lower running costs. There have been cars similar to this for many years with the likes of the suzuki wagonR, splash etc. Then came along Nissan with the qashquai which meant that these people could not only get in. But passengers were comfortable, the car didn't look like a brick on wheels and they could actually fit their wheelchair in it with some shopping etc.
I know this isn't the only reason for this segment car being available but is a valid reason. Then there is also the cheaper tax argument etc

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I don't think the cost argument goes null when you take into account the gas prices. I could be wrong (so correct me if I am) but doesn't the EcoSport have a better MPG?
 

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I don't think the cost argument goes null when you take into account the gas prices. I could be wrong (so correct me if I am) but doesn't the EcoSport have a better MPG?
I dont think a SUV will be able to beat a hatchback at fuel efficiency.
 

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Well cost firstly. And it's a great piece of tech too, it's not like they've skimped on features. Not everyone can handle a full blown SUV and some people don't want to buy a massive vehicle, so this sits perfectly in between.
 

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I think it's a great option because it's the perfect solution between a small SUV and a crossover. I, for one, don't really like the station wagon-type look of many crossovers. I love the look of the Ford EcoSport, though. I think it will probably sell quite well, especially once people give it a test drive and see what a great vehicle it is.
 

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Just about everything, as far as transportation. I've been in the market for a new car, and after reading about the Ford EcoSport coming out, I was pretty convinced.
 
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