Ford Escape Trend FWD 2018: long-term
Malcolm Flynn is spending six months living with the mid-range Escape Trend FWD, to see if it meets the high praise we’ve given so far.
Most of us are brought up in the near-extinct Aussie six-cylinder wagon and horse-drawn carriage, and some of us find it difficult to give up some of the attributes that make them great. – in their day.
One of these is easy power, with the assurance that a bend of your right foot can overcome any sluggish caravan or a member of a hat brigade on a parcel.
SUVs of all shapes and sizes have replaced large Aussies as our preferred vehicle of choice, with mid-sized cars like the Ford Escape making up the majority of them. Among these, there are several options that provide rich performance if you desire.
However, most SUV buyers really prefer comfort features over performance, which is why Ford Australia has been fighting hard to add a new version of Trend’s average price (sitting on the Ambiente and below. Titanium) when Kuga became the previous Escape this year.
By combining the Trend feature list with the smallest gasoline engine and reducing all-wheel drive (AWD), Ford has reduced the Trend’s entry price by nearly $ 4,000 to a very competitive $ 32,990. You can still get the Stronger Gas Trend with AWD for an additional $ 3,000 or the AWD diesel engine for an additional $ 5,500.
However, this cheapest Trend formula seems so smart that Richard chose it as the new sweet spot of the range when we first drove it in February.
But, as reliably as Richard’s analysis, he can only drive it for a day at the Escape launch, and we usually only test cars for a week. This is much more than most buyers get before buying, but we think we have seen how the device choice on mechanical mumbo stands up long term.
So Ford lent us the Escape Trend in the cheapest form in six months, where it would overcome the rigors of family life from my driveway, with the added challenge of following a race car. Comfort Volkswagen Tiguan 132 TSI I spent six months ago with.
Our Escape came with a good 3034km running on the clock, and we carefully ticked the box for the $ 1300 ‘Technology Pack’ option package. Unfortunately, this is the only way to get AEB on any Escape, usually standard furniture for any new destination these days.
It’s worth noting that you can’t even pay to have the Technology Pack fitted to the base Ambiente, but on Trend and Titanium, it also offers active cruise control, forward collision, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, lane guidance with lane departure warning, automatic climb up, driver fatigue monitoring, tire pressure monitoring system plus automatic folding mirror with puddle lights country. I highly recommend checking the same box and haggling to get it for free.
All versions of Escape were awarded a five-star maximum ANCAP safety rating in January, even without the Technology Pack feature, but it ticked all other major safety boxes including cameras back, dual front and side airbags for front passengers, plus driver’s knee bag and front and rear curtain airbags.
Impressive Standard Trend features include Apple CarPlay and Android 8-inch ‘SYNC 3’ multimedia system compatible with sat multimedia system, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, headlights and Auto wipers, rear parking sensors (if not front), rear privacy glass, 18-inch chunky wheels and dual exhaust give a sporty taste.
The first impression is very good, with Escape retaining Kuga’s reputation for refinement, with a Euro feel suitable for driving and handling.
It certainly feels taller than the Tiguan, and doesn’t quite reach its new level of refinement and dynamics, but you can still do a lot worse in the midsize SUV class.
If you’re buying the Escape, you might be a bit alarmed to find that this smaller petrol engine has a capacity of only 1.5 liters, but it produces more power (134kW) than any 1.4 Tiguan. any liter, even the capacity of 132 TSI 2.0 liters equal to 2kW. Its maximum 240Nm torque rating is less than 80Nm, but various adjustments make it feel at least on par in most cases, and even surpass VW’s bugger engine to meet . Never judge a book by its cover.
The updated appearance is a big step up from the quirky Kuga, but overall it lacks the freshness inside and outside of completely new rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.
We covered 1778km of mixed highways and drove around the city in our first month, and our average fuel consumption according to our supply of 9.3L / 100km was fairly fair. with official combined figure 7.2L / 100km.
We will closely monitor its real-world consumption, and experiment with 95RON Premium to see if it makes a difference to 91RON. The specs sheet says a minimum of 95, but we’ll go with the fuel flap as most of you will do.
Starting date: July 2017
Distance traveled: 1778km
Read the measurement: 4812km
Average fuel: 9.3L / 100km (at the pump)
Did you know I said I tested the Escape 1.5 mechanical mumbo? How about loading it up to within 30kg compared to its maximum towing rating and driving it 1500km back to Sydney from Adelaide?
After months of searching, I found the ideal Toyota Corolla KE20 in South Australia’s capital to add to my personal collection, but wanted to test it in the flesh before giving the reddies and disliked it. Imagine driving a 44-year-old Corolla with a four-speed manual and 12-inch tires all the way back on the Hay plain.
Flying there and renting a rickshaw and rickshaw would cost a lot of money, and after careful consideration and note through the owner’s manual, I decided Escape was the best candidate for the job. job.
With braking drag index of 1500kg, just combine Corolla 770kg with trailer 700kg. More importantly, the 1.5-liter Escapes are rated surprisingly with the best Synthetic Weight (GCM) of the product line at 3673kg. This means exceeding our 1470kg payload and our 1607kg Escape Escape we have a handy 596kg sleeve to carry other things like passengers and luggage. Perfect.
Our friends at Ford kindly agree to install the factory towing package and we are ready. The final challenge was that I could only spend three days on a 3000km round trip. Life in the fast lane.
The trip to Adelaide with the trailer behind is an experiment, with a double axle unit more than twice the length of the Escape, and even an empty car trailer is three times heavier than your usual empty box trailer. .