The 2022 Ford EcoSport and the 2022 BMW 4-Series are the latest entrants into this small but growing segment. Both cars have loads of features and great performance, but they have the personalities that set them apart from each other. But they're not just for the streets! The 2022 Ford EcoSport is also perfect for off-roading and tearing up dirt roads. Plus, it has all of the high-tech features you'd expect in a luxury car, including satellite TV and Wi-Fi hot spots so you can stay connected to work or friends as you drive around town. But what about safety? How well does it handle? Are there any issues with parts or manufacturing defects that might come up down the road? Here's what we found out when we put these two models head-to-head:

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The 2022 Ford EcoSport has a unique grille with the Ford logo in the middle. The front end also features LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED fog lights. The side mirrors are also body colored.

The 2022 BMW 4-Series has a hexagonal grille with black horizontal slats that divide each piece of chrome from another. There is also a black "4" badge on the lower left corner of its front fascia and fog lamps integrated within its vertical air intake at either side of the vehicle's nose. The rear bumper features integrated exhaust pipes and LEDs for taillights.

  • Interior Design

The 2022 Ford EcoSport has a lot to offer in terms of interior design. The dashboard and door panels are wrapped with soft-touch materials that feel nice to the touch, and the color palette is neutral enough to work well with any color scheme you choose. The seats are comfortable and supportive, while the steering wheel has just enough to be sporty without feeling flimsy or cheap.

Technology & Safety

The 2022 Ford EcoSport is available with a few different infotainment systems, but each one has an optional 12-speaker Sony surround sound system. The 4-Series can also be had with a Sony surround sound system, but it's only available on higher trim levels.

The 2022 Ford EcoSport and the 2022 BMW 4-Series both have standard rearview cameras, which are useful for parking in tight spots or backing out of the driveway. However, only the 2022 Ford EcoSport offers forward collision warning (which alerts you if you're about to hit another car), while both vehicles come standard with lane keep assist (which steers you back into your lane).

In addition to its blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert features mentioned above, the 2022 BMW 4-Series also provides driver alertness monitoring that detects fatigue by using sensors around the car to track how hard and frequently you're pressing on the pedals or turning your wrist over time.

Performance

The 2022 Ford EcoSport and 2022 BMW 4-Series each offer a wide range of engines to choose from, with varying levels of power and fuel efficiency. For example, the 2022 Ford EcoSport comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that produces 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. This Ford engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic gearbox (the latter is also available on certain models). The 2022 BMW 4 Series offers a 2.0liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet for models equipped with the eight-speed automatic gearbox or 228 horsepower combined with 258 pound-feet for those using the six-speed manual transmission.

The Bottom Line

The 2022 Ford EcoSport is the superior vehicle due to its superior performance and better fuel economy. The 2022 BMW 4-Series will appeal to some drivers because of its more luxurious interior and available all-wheel drive, but if you're looking for a new hatchback that has great speed, good fuel economy, and plenty of space for your stuff—without breaking the bank—the 2022 Ford EcoSport is the way to go.

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