Easy to drive; cheap to run
Rivals offer more comfort and finesse
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.