The great Es­cape

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speaker CD sound. The XLT got cruise, cargo net, driver’s seat height ad­just­ment, van­ity mir­ror, en­gine im­mo­biliser, alarm and fog lamps.

On top of the range the Lim­ited had leather trim, leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel and elec­tric sun­roof. brakes and four-wheel drive, the Es­cape has a good, ac­tive safety pack­age. Early XLS mod­els didn’t have anti-skid brakes, but all mod­els had the im­por­tant safety sys­tem af­ter the 2003 ZA up­date.

All mod­els had dual front airbags. The Lim­ited also had side airbags for added pro­tec­tion.

The rear seat cen­tre passenger had to make do with a lap belt only. trips are no strain on ei­ther driver or pas­sen­gers.

Their only com­plaints are that the fuel con­sump­tion is high, there’s a slight wind noise from the front driver’s side, the cruise con­trol is not very re­fined, and the fac­tory un­der­body treat­ment was not ad­e­quate and they had to have it done them­selves.

Dar­ren Green­wood has had his Es­cape XLT five years and has done 70,000 trou­ble-free kilo­me­tres.

He was looking for a small to mid­sized wagon when he bought it, but the Es­cape seemed to be well priced given the equip­ment it came with.

He doesn’t agree with the crit­i­cism he’s heard of the col­umn shift and the cen­tre arm­rest, say­ing you get used to it and the cen­tre arm­rest is quite large and use­ful for stor­age.

The V6, he says, has plenty of punch and aver­ages about 10 L/100km. It’s done a bit of off road­ing and been to the snow a few times, though there’s been no se­ri­ous bush bash­ing.

The han­dling isn’t up to car stan­dard, but if it’s not pushed too hard you don’t no­tice it.

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