2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Is A Cool Rugged SUV With Some Noticeable Shortcomings

The new Ford Bronco Sport is one very welcome addition to the compact SUV segment, offering an adventurous and rugged air among its several soft-roader rivals.


While it may lack the overall punch and capabilities of the full-size Bronco, the new Ford Bronco Sport appears on paper as one of the most interesting SUVs in the market. Customers can choose between a 181 HP 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a 245 HP 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with both of them paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.

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The most off-road capable model in the Bronco Sport range is the Badlands, which features a more advanced all-wheel-drive system with a twin-clutch rear-drive unit, similar to that of the last Focus RS, featuring a differential lock.

In addition, every Bronco Sport comes with the much advertised G.O.A.T. driving modes, but the Badlands features an additional two modes (Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl). Add to that the model-specific suspension with larger rear dampers, softer springs, and different anti-roll bars that allow for greater articulation, and you got yourself a very off-road-ready SUV.

However, as Throttle House explains, not everything is great with the Bronco Sport. For starters, the ride quality is a bit busy and rough at times, NVH levels are not very good, while the rear-drive differential doesn’t fully lock as a traditional ones do.

But the Bronco Sport’s adventurous character in combination with the generally cool styling make it more interesting than a lot of its rivals, and that’s perhaps why Ford is going to sell a boatload of them.


Updated: February 11, 2021 — 7:07 pm

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