Richard Berry tested on the road and evaluated the new Ford Escape with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment at the Australian launch in Victoria.
Prince, John Mellencamp, Snoop Dogg and Melbourne. They all changed their names but then thought better of it and changed it again. Smart decision, too. In fact, Melbourne never changed its name again and it should be because it was originally called Batmania, and it was great – who wouldn’t want to live there?
Ford did something similar to his Escape SUV. See, from 2001-2012 there was Ford Escape, replaced by Kuga, and now Ford changed its name to Escape.
Along with the new name, there are a number of other changes to the car that make this a pretty big update and in an extremely competitive mid-size SUV segment that contains talented rivals like Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson Escape need to keep up.
We drove the front-wheel drive Ambiente (FWD), the mid-range Trend (AWD) diesel engine and the leading Titanium AWD engine with diesel engine.
So did Ford do more than just give this SUV a identity crisis? What was removed from the cabin made me almost shed tears of joy? And what the rigs?
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 8
More than one name change, Escape has a new look. The larger lower grille and the Kuga’s thin top grille have been swapped for the giant gaping mouth currently being worn by the rest of the updated Ford family. It was a much more difficult look, works well on all Ford cars and SUVs. The headlights are narrower and more sleek, the Titanium layer has special LED LEDs.
The fog lights were swept back and now give the impression of smaller protrusions. Moving down to the side of the car, those doors did not change from the Kuga and turned behind, the taillights were redesigned – they were bigger and more square.
The cabin of the Escape is a much more pleasant place when 387,251 buttons were removed from the dashboard.
There are new alloy wheels, too, with different finishes.
Escape has the same length as the Kuga at 4524mm, the same width at 1838mm, has the same 2690mm wheelbase, and the same protruding front and rear respectively 924mm and 910mm. Those dimensions make it 49mm longer than a Hyundai Tucson and about 20 mm wider. Compared to the popular Mazda CX-5, Escape is 16mm shorter, while the RAV4 is longer than 81mm.
The height of Escape ranges from 1689mm in Ambiente to 1702mm. With roof rails the overall height can be up to 1749mm. Underground parking usually starts at about 1.9m, so you should have many rooms.
The cabin of the Escape is a much more pleasant place when 387,251 buttons were removed from the dashboard. I don’t know what most of those buttons do and remove them does not seem to affect the operation of the car, but my migraine has disappeared thanks to a completely unobstructed cabin. Thank you Ford for seriously sending my angry letter.
For the giant nerd like me out there, you might want to completely alienate yourself at the BBQ by telling people there that the base FWD car with automatic car weighs more than 5 kg compared to the Kuga. equivalent.
How realistic is the space inside? October 7
The Kuga’s rear doors extend and the wide entrance makes it easy to get in and out. The height above ground is enough for good visibility but should be low enough that most can slip into their seats without jumping high. The open tail (standard on Titanium) works for me all the time.
Footrests in the rear seats are good and even at 191cm, I can sit behind my driving position on all but the top Titanium Escape. Yup you read correctly. The fancy-style airplane tray tables that fold down are only standard on Titanium when returning to the upright position (as they say) reduces about 10 knees and that’s the difference between me sitting comfortably or two legs I hit the back of the chair.
All Escapes are five seats, although I wouldn’t want to sit in the middle of the back row between my two copies – unless they wash in advance.
Escape luggage space is like the old Kuga with 406 liters. That’s not great. Tucson has a 488 liter boot and Korean rivals are not so long, remember.
Store in the cabin as well, with four cup holders (two front, two rear) and small bottle holders at all doors. Handbrake has been replaced with electronic type and frees up space in the redesigned center console with larger storage area under handrails.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
There are three types of Escape – Ambiente, Trend and Titan-of-the-Titanium. With a list price of US $ 28,490, FWD Ambiente gasoline with a manual transmission is the most affordable Escape type available. That’s a $ 760 reduction compared to Kuga. The same car with automatic transmission is adding $ 1500 and stepping on AWD will need you to break up with another $ 3,000 on it.
The trend is now in FWD, great because it reduces entry fees at this level to $ 32,990 and that’s with gasoline engines and automatic transmissions. If you like that with AWD, it will cost more than $ 3,000 and also the AWD diesel trend, for $ 38,490.
Top titanium can be had with a gasoline engine for $ 44,990, or diesel for $ 48,490.
All Escape types have 8.0-inch screen, sat nav, reversing camera, rear parking sensor, Ford’s new Sync3 vehicle system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, steering wheel leather upholstery, front and rear fog lamps, and stainless steel exhaust pipes. Ambiente and Trend have fabric seats, Titanium leather upholstery.
If you have never driven a Kuga or Escape before, the first thing you might be surprised is the shape of the windshield and great visibility through it.
Titanium also has nine-speaker sound system, open rear doors, panoramic sunroof and unlocking is almost standard.
For $ 1300, a “Technology Pack” adds advanced safety equipment such as AEB, blind spots and rear traffic alerts. It’s annoying that Titanium doesn’t come with this safety device as standard but the package was once $ 1600 on the Kuga and it’s worth it. It should also be noted that this package is not available on Ambiente base specifications.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission? October 7
There are three engines – a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine (110kW / 240Nm in manual and 134kW / 240Nm with automatic), a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine 178kW / 345Nm and 132kW / 400Nm 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel.
Both manual and automatic dual-clutch gearboxes have six speeds.
But wait, you can’t have any motor with any class. Ambiente is equipped with a 1.5-liter engine for both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive; The front-wheel drive system has a capacity of 1.5 liters, but the four-wheel drive system has a 2.0-liter petrol or 2.0-liter diesel engine; and Titanium are only available in four-wheel drive mode but with a 2.0-liter petrol or diesel engine option.