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Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i Finesse 5d (1998/S)

Ford Escort Hatchback 1.6i Finesse 5d (1998/S) - Owner Review

5 Door, large boot.

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Review submitted by
Craig Stewart on

Ford Escort Hatchback (90-01)


3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Escorts have earned the reputation of "boy racer" cars, thanks to the sportier RS & Cosworth models and also due to the hundreds of cheap modifications that can be done to them. However, if you drive a standard model, such as the finesse, and don't stick big exhausts and wheel on it, your not going to raise too many eyebrows driving around town.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They think it's ok, not spectacular, but they have no reasons to slate it either.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes I would buy another escort, but I think it would be one of the higher spec models.

What are you likely to buy next?
Would love a Focus ST170, but thats a while off yet! Will have to wait for insurance to come down a bit.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
March 2006

Did you get a good deal and why?
Great deal, £1200 for below average mileage, good condition & tax & test.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Car was for sale round the corner from my house and was cheap!

What was the dealer like?
Friend of the family, so no problems.

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Reasonable, it's no sports car, but handling is sound. Cornering is decent, but back end can step out if you push too hard. Engine is pretty good for 1.6 and pushes you up to 60 pretty easily. Motorway cruising is fairly quiet and returns a reasonable MPG. On average car will give 300 miles on a full tank (40l approx)

What's it like to park?

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Nothing except for standard wear & tear (tyres, exhaust etc.)

What's most practical about your car?
5 Door, large boot.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Air con

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