It’s out with the Kuga and in with the Escape. Old name, new offering – and refreshed hope
for Ford’s updated mid-size SUV. [Music] The Escape brings much of what the Kuga had
to offer – and there was a lot of goodness there. With equipment and technology levels up, and
prices generally down, it makes for a good re-introduction to this segment. But success in this hot category won’t come
easy – the Escape finds itself up against some heavy hitting rivals –Hyundai Tucson,
Volkswagen’s Tiguan and a brand-new Mazda CX-5 in the wings. The Escape has undergone some styling changes
– mostly up front – but inside you’ll notice even more difference. With changes to dash layout, tech and refinement,
Ford has families both young and old in its sights.
Three updated or new engines are joined by
expanded choice of power trains – front versus all-wheel-drive, manual versus automatic
transmissions And ford has worked on refinement – including
better cabin insulation.
Ford’s new 8.0 inch colour touch screen
featuring SYNC3 infotainment is a welcome upgrade – so too is the electric park brake.
But even in all its newness glory, the interior
feels dated. Five-star safety is a win for the Escape,
but autonomous emergency braking is only offered at mid or top spec, and then it costs $1300
as part of the Technology Pack – There’s some handy additional features like
auto parking also included but we think AEB should now be standard. The Escape’s chassis and handling however
is well sorted. It’s agile beyond its size and responds
well to driver input. It’s mighty obedient. In this high-spec Titanium we’re riding
on low-profile 19-inch tyres however, so it’s a tad sharp over bumps. Mid-sized SUVs are becoming almost the default
choice for Aussie families. A comparison test will be the best way to
find out exactly how the new fares. But for now, it’s a definite step forward.