2015 Ford Escape | new car review
While the deceivingly small exterior suggests a cramped interior, it's just the opposite.
The Ecoboosted version does feel overpriced.
Some may argue that all crossovers including the Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan are just knockoffs of one another. Identical sloping rooflines, and their low riding SUV-ish resilience seen hundreds of times over. The Escape has joined that circle with more progressive overall styling, oval headlamps, and a slimmed down grille. It has gone for a long overdue massage that has mended the stiff, up-tight, and boxy structure into a more rounded crossover. But by the time the masseuse had gotten to the boot the clock had run out, and the dreadful vertical back looks like a smiling extra-terrestrial that will mesmerize tailgaters.
Even though the outer shell has slashed a few pounds, the inside has become slightly roomier. With better head and leg room than the previous generation model, the 2015 Ford Escape is starting to show it really has turned over a new leaf. Chrome door finishes, a multimedia touch screen, and a speedo that looks like it was pulled off a Speed bike, are just the icing on the cake.
The Torque Vectoring is intended to apply brakes on the inside tire on a curvy road, which will help the car rotate better. Another handy new feature is the hands-free tailgate opener that pops open the boot at the sweep of your foot under the car.
What’s on offer?
Dispatching a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 10.0 seconds, is what the naturally aspirated 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine is capable of. On the other hand, the 2.0 litre turbocharged – or Ecoboosted in Ford lingo – engine completes the same run a significantly quicker 7.0 seconds. While the former puts out 168 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque, the two point o whips out a more respectable 240 horsepower and 366 Nm of torque.
It seems it hasn’t fully gotten over its long term relationship with Mazda since 2010, as it parades a similar outer shell to the CX-5. Practicality wise however, it’s got enough space overall especially with flattened out rear seats. The Escape is undoubtedly one of the nicer crossovers out there.
|Specifications||2015 Ford Escape 2.0L||2015 Ford Escape 2.5L|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl||2.5 litre / 4 cyl|
|Max Power |
|240 hp @ 5,500 RPM||168 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|366 Nm @ 3,000 RPM||230 Nm @ 4,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.0 secs||10.0 secs|
|Top speed||190 km/h||180 km/h|
|Price||AED 115,000 - 145,000||AED 89,000 - 105,000|