After much research, I decided to buy the Escape.. within weeks noticed a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Brought it back to the dealership, they said nothing was wrong.. problems continued brought it back again, 'no problems with the car. Drove it out of the dealership, went around the corner and brought it back again, demanded that I talk to the service manager, he took it for a drive.. you need a new rear diff.. the car has only 7000kms on it.. all covered under warranty but not what you expect from a new car..
Purchased in July 2019 for $39,000.00.
This car is just so easy to drive. I thought it might feel big and cumbersome stepping into it from a small car, but it feels so light and effortless. Loads of helpful extras like blind spot assist and it adjusts speed to match if car in front slows down. It has plenty of grunt and responds well when you need it to go quickly.
Only downside for me was the dealer plastering their name (ie. free advertising) over the car. Now that I have removed the stickers and got replacement numberplates to remove dealers name from them, it looks much better - note to potential Dominelli buyers!
Great all round soft roader
Probably the most underrated vehicle on the road. Great handling, fully specced, comfortable, and goes hard.
Highly recommend a test drive, in particular if stepping down from a 6/8 cylinder, as these have more than enough power.
- fuel consumption on the 2.0t averages at 13.1l/100km... mainly around town driving. Not great and likes premium.
- a knocking from the front right on full lock that the Ford dealer cant find a problem with so far.
- could use more rear leg space... but to be fair thats common to all in this size/ class.
Purchased in December 2017 for $36,000.00.
2017 Escape 12 months on
Bought my Escape with the new model transition. Amongst the first (could have bought last of previous model or the new model). Having upgraded from the Kuga (which I loved) there were a few positive changes.
So far, I have done around 18k kms after 11 months.
1. It was even more fuel efficient (I didn't think this was possible)
2. start - go technology (took a bit to get used to but now accept)
3. More power and smoother ride than the Kuga
4. same voice driven controls as before, but now expanded (well it was 4 years later!!)
5. much ni...
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These are one of the best cars I've owned... Cheap to run and great to drive, I have owned a few previous ford SUV but none compare to this.
I love how it feels to drive and the features built in to it.
Cannot recommend it more and urge you all to test drive one.
Comfy, impressive performance, safe and economical
All cars are a totally personal choice and must meet an individual's unique requirements. I'm so pleased with my 2016 Escape Titanium petrol, it's exactly what I never realised I was looking for. I am 6'1 and as much as I dislike SUVs generally, I had reluctantly accepted it was the kind of car I was going to need to upgrade to. I have two large dogs and my husband is even taller than me, so we needed the extra height in the ceiling. The driving position is excellent – for a smallish car it feels big, vision is excellent, seat height off the fl...oor feels like sitting in a chair, and the seats, while smallish, are very well suited to a taller person. The leather trim is lovely, dash layout and instrumentation is fantastic – probably the thing I like most about the car. Current era Fords in general have well designed dashes and simple, functional design which I really appreciate – we already have a 2014 Ranger which we have loved, so everything felt familiar. Everything is as straightforward as possible. Ride quality is exceptional. Every time I drive this car I remark to myself just how damn comfy it is. Very quiet too. Comes equipped with nice quality Continental tyres. Technology pack is great, works very simply and is easy to figure out even if you're new to all this gadgetry, and the sound system is very good quality for the price point. The park assist feature is really, really clever, although it is my preference not to use it. Sun roof is nice, and that hands free sensor operated tailgate has got to be one of the best things ever invented. The AWD feels sophisticated and tests well on loose surfaces and in the rain. The squarer design of the vehicle makes the boot space in this much more useful than most other mid-size SUVs, and the seats fold down to allow a nice big loading space with a wide tailgate allowing for easy loading without damaging the vehicle. The airplane-style tray tables for the back row passengers are cute and would be really useful if we had kids. The rear seats are easy to fold down and the seatbelts have a clever loop to keep them in the right place so they don't get lost when you put the seats back up. You can also choose to take the belts out of the loop altogether. In general, a really well appointed, comfy, economical and safe feeling vehicle. I get just over 8L per 100ks in the 2.0L turbo petrol, and the performance is really impressive for a small engine. There seems to have been lots of careful thought put into small features that enhance the every day driving enjoyability: phone sized console slot, deep centre console storage, retractable roller screen over the centre console and drink holder to keep dust out, drink bottle holders in the door skins, forward-placement of gear shift, electronic handbrake, fully electric adjustability (lateral and vertical) in the front seats, heated front row seats, oppositely-pivoted windscreen wipers (fantastic!!!), down to small details like being able to customise the colour of the interior guide lighting – peaceful aqua blue for me. Ford also use thoughtful micro-lights in the cabin to illuminate things like the driver footwell just subtly enough to be useful but not distracting in the dark. Small points to the negative (and I consider these minor, and will happen with any vehicle) – The shiny plastic parts of the console and the polished alloy trims around the air vents have a habit of catching the sun at certain angles and are blinding. The auto stop-start feature is probably great in a large city but not necessary in regional cities, and its annoying that the default setting is "on" and each ignition cycle it has to be deactivated. There should be a master setting to override. The small motors on the car (mirrors, sun roof, tailgate, etc) are noisy. BUT, I have noticed the Range Rover ones aren't much better! The parking sensors can be a bit over sensitive and the volume of the beeps is very loud and not adjustable, there's only on/off. All in all, this was the best value in its class BY FAR and I thought the most handsome looking.
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A powerful and competent SUV with plenty of space and on-road ability.
The Escape has been a great vehicle so far, and there are a lot of things it does very well. I went with the Titanium EcoBoost Petrol, so it's quite powerful. The engine is smooth and very willing, overtaking is a breeze. Economy does take a small hit with all the power, though on a recent trip to central Queensland I averaged 7.4 L/100km which is still very good.
The Titanium model comes with all the bells and whistles, a panoramic sunroof, electric fold in mirror, leather trim, voice control with satellite navigation, a brilliant Sony sou...nd system and it will even park itself, this feature works really well! The exterior design is quite nice, and overall fit and finish outside is pretty good too. The inside however is let down by draw grey and black plastics, some of which are very brittle and cheap feeling. My car has gone back to Ford a few times to fix minor rattles and creaks, but this wouldn't have been an issue if they fitted the vehicle with better plastics. The dealership side of things is a bit up and down really, sometimes they are brilliant, and then sometimes I feel like I'm at a second hand car yard. Just find a good dealer and stick to them. I added the Technology Pack, which gives the adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist, rear cross traffic alert and collision avoidance technology. Strongly suggest all who buy an Escape to get this pack, it's brilliant. The rear cross traffic will warn when you're backing out of a parking space if someone is coming, even if you can't see. The blind spot warns if someone is in your blind spot, and the adaptive cruise control makes highway driving a breeze. This pack was $1300, so worth every cent. So despite some horrible plastics inside, a slightly frumpy looking interior and a few dodgy Ford dealers, the Escape is quite a good car, and deserves to sell in higher numbers. Ford offer brilliant deals on the Escape, making it a very attractive vehicle price wise. It drives really nice for an SUV, and is a bit more dynamic than some competitors, is equipped well, is powerful and has plenty of space.
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