2020 Ford Escape vs. 2020 Audi Q3

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escape offers an optional backup collision prevention system that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Q3 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escape’s 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.

Both the Escape and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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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 10 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

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The Escape has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Q3 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Escape is faster than the Audi Q3:

Escape turbo 1.5

Escape turbo 2.0

Q3

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

6.9 sec

8.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Escape

FWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Q3

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escape 1.5 Turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Q3 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

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

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The Escape stops shorter than the Q3:

Escape

Q3

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escape’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Q3 (106.7 inches vs. 105.5 inches).

The Escape Titanium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Escape’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Q3’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Audi Q3.

The front grille of the Escape 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.

Passenger Space

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The Escape has 20 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (104 vs. 84).

The Escape has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.

Cargo Capacity

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The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (37.5 vs. 23.7 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (65.4 vs. 48 cubic feet).

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

Escape

Q3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.5”

34”/65”

Max Width

57.3”

54”

Min Width

41.4”

39”

Height

34.8”

28”

Towing

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The Escape’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q3’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q3 is only 1500 pounds. The Escape offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 SEL/Titanium, the 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 SEL/Titanium’s standard 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.

The Escape Titanium offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 PIN entry system. The Q3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 PIN entry system. The Q3 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Audi Connect CARE can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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.

Consumer Reports rated the Escape’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

On extremely cold winter days, the Escape SEL/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.

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 2.0 can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Q3 Prestige’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Model Availability

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The Escape is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The Ford Escape outsold the Audi Q3 by over 16 to one during 2019.

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