2017 Ford Escape Trend Review

2017 Ford Escape Trend road test and review…

This is our first look at the Ford Escape since its reincarnation from the Ford Kuga.

So what was it like?

A little underwhelming I must say, though that’s stacking it up against a strong field of rivals.

Still the mid-sized SUV in Ford’s line up, the Escape comes in three variants, three engine specifications, FWD and AWD and is priced from $28,490 for the entry level Ambiente.

Our test vehicle was the core Ford Escape Trend with FWD and the 1.5L EcoBoost engine, a perfect example of what is new to the model.

The diminutive engine doesn’t provide much thrust with lacklustre pickup and a hard slog uphills.

Of course this is improved slipping into spot mode and the 2.0L models would afford more vitality.

With less performance you’d expect better economical fuel use but average consumption still came out at 10.9L.100km.

Not the most agile of beasts the Escape generates a little bit of body roll although the ride was very quiet on the inside and suspension absorbent.

I found the interior to be also uninspiring, sporting the same sharp, angular dash design contained in vehicles across the Ford range appearing very busy with too many lines.

The centre dash especially has bits jutting out and a large hub on the top of the dash housing the, now obsolete, CD player.

Having encountered it in other Ford models, I’ve grown accustomed to the new Sync 3 interface - the Bluetooth connection is one of the fastest and seamless I’ve come across.

Having said that, this time round I had the necessity for the satellite navigator and disappointingly the GPS repeatedly could track my current location, often displaying a place I had already been.

Other noteworthy features are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto start/stop function, dual climate control, a speed limiter, paddle shifters and rear air vents.

Redeeming qualities are the soft cushioned two tone fabric seats and the well positioned driving controls.

The electric park brake is located closer to the driver and the ignition button is just above the shifter, both well within easy reach.

Legroom in the rear is average as is the boot space for an SUV of this size with seat backs folding down but not flat or flush.

There is a flap at the base of the backrest to bridge the gap when the seats are folded however, when erect I found these to obstruct the tether points for any baby or child seat. Rather poor design.

Summing up, the Ford Escape is not awful but an average offering and Ford will have to do more to keep up with the competition - the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-Trail.

The Ford Escape Trend retails for $32,990.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Ford Escape Trend

Engine: 1.5L turbo petrol producing 134kW and 240Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Five Stars

Origin: Spain

Price: From $32,990

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