In standard.8-litre form that meant 60bhp and a less than scintillating performance.
The result it was the UKs best selling car for every year it was in production.By 1990, the Ford Fiesta rencontre salope à portets was the companys chart-topper.Petrol powered buyers were wooed back with the arrival of the dohc Zetec powered cars, but as for those who needed derv, the Endura would have to do although detail engineering changes did smooth its most vocal tendencies.Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.But under the skin, the engine range remained a carry-over so that meant rattly CVHs for the petrols and the gutless, rough, Endura Ds for the diesels. 23:33 #1, escort.8d RTH 1991.This was an interim facelift, with more far-reaching changed being introduced for the 1995 mid-life overhaul.Thankfully the turbo versions (in 75 and 90bhp form) redressed the performance issue, but not the lack of refinement.Sometimes, its best not to listen to your customer, and trust your instincts.But thats surely a recipe for success?On the road, the Escort Diesel truly disappointed.Youve already been sim escort told that against all better instincts, youre not there to innovate the Sierra showed that advanced looking Fords were hard to sell and that means making more of the same.The impact on Ford of Great Britains bank balance must have been enormous: in 1980, the UKs best selling car was the mid-sized, high-profit, Cortina.Ford, it seemed couldnt win: innovate and customers shied away; play it safe, and the result was very similar indeed.When it came to replacing the Escort, it reverted to revolutionary form, combining Mondeo style dynamic excellence with concept car styling.Latest posts by Keith Adams ( see all related).Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern mini, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring.It proved slow to warm-up, vibratory and sluggish in the extreme.But again, the diesels were forced to soldier on using Endura D power.Your brief is to come up with a replacement for the UKs best-selling car, and you have an extremely conservative customer clientele.Factor in a resurgent Rover with it PSA XUD powered 218D model, and there seemed little choice for aspirational buyers other than to abandon their local Ford dealers and head west.
Escort MkV: Not Uncle Henry's finest hour.
In the showroom, it offered a little more of everything more space inside, more equipment, and larger price tags across the range.
Compared with class-leading rivals from Peugeot and Renault, it was light years off the pace.