Used Ford Escort Hatchback (1990 - 2001) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 02 Apr 2013
2.5
The final generation Escort is more accomplished than earlier cars to carry the name, with ride and reliability up to 1990s standards. It's a practical, undemanding choice for the family motorist, but lacks the feeling of quality and downright driving pleasure of the Focus that replaced it .

Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)
Easy to drive; cheap to run
Rivals offer more comfort and finesse

New price range:

£7,622 - £28,015

Summary

Parkers Rating:

2.5 out of 5

The final generation Escort is more accomplished than earlier cars to carry the name, with ride and reliability up to 1990s standards. It's a practical, undemanding choice for the family motorist, but lacks the feeling of quality and downright driving pleasure of the Focus that replaced it . Factor in the low ownership costs and sheer abundance and it's not surprising that the Escort remains a fairly popular used car choice.

Rally-derived RS Cosworth deserves much more respect than the rest of the range.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

2.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

2 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

1.5 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The rear seats can be dropped for the odd occasion when I need to transport larger loads. Otherwise it seats four in relative comfort and five at a push.  

4 out of 5

Paul Wilson ,   26 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Good family sized car that has that bit of extra power when you need it !!!!  

5 out of 5

Mark Bown ,   27 Sep 2009    ... read more

 The Luggage & Seating Capacity. Engine Power & Comfort.  

4 out of 5

Jason Duncombe ,   09 Feb 2009    ... read more

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