Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2018 Audi Q3 Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2018 Ford Escape

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2018 Audi Q3

Safety Comparison

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Q3 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Q3 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Escape (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Escape has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q3 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Escape and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Q3 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (245 vs. 200) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Audi Q3:

 

Escape

Q3

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.8 sec

13.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.8 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.1 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape gets better fuel mileage than the Q3:

 

 

Escape

Q3

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 EcoBoost/Auto

23 city/30 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

2.0 EcoBoost/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

1.5 EcoBoost/Auto

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

2.0T/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Escape EcoBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Q3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Escape EcoBoost’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Q3:

 

Escape

Q3

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

The Escape stops shorter than the Q3:

 

Escape

Q3

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escape has larger tires than the Q3 (235/55R17 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Q3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 3.4 inches longer than on the Q3 (105.9 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Q3 (7.8 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Escape Titanium is quieter than the Q3 Prestige Quattro:

 

Escape

Q3

At idle

39 dB

42 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 6.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape’s rear seats recline. The Q3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (34 vs. 16.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 50.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Escape easier. The Escape’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.3 inches, while the Q3’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

The Escape’s cargo area is larger than the Q3’s in almost every dimension:

 

Escape

Q3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.6”/67”

34.4”/65.3”

Max Width

45.6”

41.4”

Min Width

40.4”

38.8”

Height

34.5”

29.6”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escape Titanium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q3 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escape offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the Escape (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Escape (except S)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Q3 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Escape has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Escape’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Q3’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Q3 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape Titanium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Escape Titanium’s Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $320 to $1450 less than the Q3 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Escape is less expensive to operate than the Q3 because it costs $117 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Escape than the Q3, including $558 less for a water pump, $341 less for an alternator, $64 less for front brake pads, $536 less for a starter, $229 less for fuel injection, $270 less for a fuel pump, $311 less for front struts and $225 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $6867 to $9569 less than for the Audi Q3.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Escape

Q3

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Escape outsold the Audi Q3 by over 17 to one during the 2016 model year.

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