How does the 2017 Ford Escape drive?
As well as driving the 1.5-litre manual Ford Ambiente and the new 1.5-litre automatic Trend, we did our full car review on the Ford Titanium petrol model.
The Titanium’s 2.0-litre engine is one of the best performers in its class, with an impressive 178kW and 345Nm. With a new twin-scroll turbocharger improving the engine response, average acceleration over 400 metres was an impressive 15.4 seconds, around a full second or more quicker than most of its peers. A good spread of strong torque coupled with a well-matched, smooth-changing six-speed automatic provides excellent drivability around town. This performance, however, comes at a cost in fuel consumption, and our review car averaged a rather thirsty 10.8L/100km. Nor are running costs helped by the need for premium-grade (95-98 RON) petrol in the EcoBoost engines.
Being smaller, the 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine works harder and is not exceptionally strong down low but with its power and torque output of 134kW and 240Nm, which is around the class average, the performance is respectable. And its fuel economy improves by around 1.0-2.0L/100km depending on operating conditions.
In keeping with the performance ability, the Titanium has sharp, almost sports-car-like handling and braking, which is typical of the chassis dynamics found in Ford’s other European-sourced models. But for a vehicle of this type, the ride is a touch firm, due in part to the Titanium’s low-profile 18-inch wheels and tyres. Our test car’s steering feel, with the Lane Keep Aid (fitted as part of the Technology Pack), had a slight vagueness that we did not find in the base model with the standard steering and higher-profile, softer-riding tyres.