First Drive: Ford Escape 2.0 5dr Auto (US Spec)

Ford Retreat? Appears like a Ford Kuga?

Well found. It’s called the Retreat in the US, yet this automobile will certainly be the brand-new 2013 Kuga also. It’s all part of the business’s One Ford policy that calls for as much item sharing around the world as possible. It might look like a subtle update for the European market, however it’s a massive update for the US market. The last Retreat was presented in 2008 and is nearly 80s Volvo-esque in its boxy design. It’s still preferred though, with over 25,000 marketed each month in the United States. So the brand-new cars and truck has plenty to do saleswise in the United States and the UK.

So what are the primary distinctions between this and also the existing Kuga?

Aside from the revised looks, this brand-new auto is lower, narrower and also longer than the existing automobile. The wheelbase remains the very same. There’s more indoor area, specifically in the second row as well as rear. And also the quality of the inside has actually taken a step up.

Seems excellent. It requires more room in the back. Any other new bits?

A couple of. There’s the brilliant back door opener. You simply need to swipe your foot under the tailgate and, as long as you have the essential fob in your pocket, the rear door opens. Likewise works to shut it as well when you’ve got your hands full. There’s likewise an automated auto parking system which was much less successful on the pre-production auto we drove. Out of six efforts it parked the car effectively, ie alongside the kerb, two times. The various other 4 times it ended up encountering right into the road.

Probably will not bother with that said, then. What regarding the engines?

No, we wouldn’t either unless it obtains better promptly. When it comes to the engines, there will certainly be the reliable 2.0-litre turbodiesel from the existing Kuga with a couple of tweaks. Plus a new 1.6-litre Ecoboost gas unit. We have not tried the last however recognize that the diesel is an excellent motor, so think that’ll possibly still be the one to choose.

As well as how does it drive?

Effectively. It currently really feels more like a small MPV than a little SUV. It’s lost several of the Kuga’s friskiness, however none of its control. The wind sound is less than on the current Kuga, too. The central info screen feels a little away from your fingertips, but voice control works well enough to make that not a concern. We didn’t occasion try taking our 4WD examination car off-road– and recommend that it may be wise to leave it that way. Unless we lived in an area with poor weather we had actually go with the 2WD. Lighter, cheaper and also much better.

Should I purchase one after that?

If you desire a tiny SUV with MPV style versatility as well as an excellent cabin, yes. There will certainly be cheaper alternatives but few much better ones.

The price

$ 36,000 (as examined in leading Titanium 2.0-litre AWD trim).

The numbers.

2,000 cc, 4cyl, AWD, 240bhp, 270lb-ft, 26mpg, CO2 n/a, 0-60mph (est) 7.5 secs, 120mph (est), 1590kg.