• Great technology
    • Fun SUV to drive
    • Has a European feel
    • Outdated compared to the competition
    • Small interior space
    • Fuel economy is high for a Turbo Diesel
    5 Star

    About the Ford Escape

    Daniel CB purchased this Ford Escape used for $34,200 (including all on-road costs) in 2020. Daniel CB wouldn’t buy this car again because: “I wouldn’t buy another Escape but not for any bad reasons, there are a lot of other SUVs in its class that I would love to own and experience and see how they are to live with and be as a daily driver.”

    How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

    My Ford Escape has been very reliable since I purchased it back in 2020, I don’t service the Escape with the local Ford dealer as the service department there is really unprofessional to both myself and another family member of mine.

    I take my Escape to a very reputable mechanic in the local area who has looked after my car and my parent’s cars for the past couple years and giving us reasonable prices compared to the local Ford dealer.

    The only ‘fault’ I had with the Escape was a flat battery back in 2021 when the lockdown was slowly starting to lift in Western Sydney which was $300 from my mechanic.

    What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

    My ownership experience has been really good, I have done some cosmetic changes to the Escape such as a blackout, lip spoiler installed and an LED conversion (except for the headlights and the cornering lights) and I also installed Sync 3.4 to give the system an overhaul and have something more modern to use.

    I have had a few little glitches with it like with the dual-zone climate control that the passenger side temperature can change both temperatures, and on a hot Sydney day the front camera in the windscreen won’t work temporarily.

    Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

    For how much I paid for my Escape, I got it at a really good price with 4500km on the odometer. I love the features of the Escape with what it comes with like Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlights with cornering functionality and Auto High Beam, nine-speaker Sony Sound System which is good for blasting those tunes, and configurable ambient lighting in the Sync 3 system with different preset colours.

    What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

    I am happy but also slightly disappointed with the performance and economy of my Escape, for a 2.0L Turbo Diesel it should be getting better economy in the low – mid 6.0s not averaging 7.9L/100km.

    I must admit on a long drive the range gets better, last year I did a road trip from Sydney to Wodonga and averaged 6.1L/100km over 1,000km of driving and getting 918km on one tank.

    Performance wise I have tuned the Escape with a TDI Tuning Box which bumped the power from 132kW/400Nm to 174kW/488Nm which has opened up the car to be more responsive and I have seen better range on one tank since installing the tuning box.

    What do you think of the technology in your car?

    Technology in the Titanium is good but it could be better.

    Another competitor of the Escape like a fully loaded Volkswagen Tiguan, with its technology in the Escape, would make the Escape a bit better and wouldn’t make it feel like a Ford from 2013 with some new hardware.

    What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

    Comfort in the Escape is good but it could be better, I am 6’2 and the interior space is not the best, especially in the back seats.

    Handling wise the Escape handles magnificently and I haven’t experienced an SUV, especially in its class that accelerates quickly and takes corners smoothly and flat doing 60km/h out on some mountain hills in Sport Mode.

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    Overall Rating

    Ride & Handling8
    Price & Features10
    Performance & Economy7
    Ownership Experience9.5