Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Pleasant enough cabin with elements borrowed from the old Mondeo; roomier, more refined, quieter but not a patch on more modern rivals. Much more fluent and responsive than last generation; light steering, smooth gears, effective brakes, good grip.

Rear seats will cope with a couple of adults or three kids, whilst seats are significantly improved over those of previous generation Escorts. Refinement is quite good as long as its driven at a moderate pace.