The Escape 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 Allroad 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 Allroad 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 Allroad 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad 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.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape third among compact suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Allroad isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Allroad requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
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 Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escape offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
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 Allroad doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For greater off-road capability the Escape has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (7.8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Escape to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Audi Allroad.
The Escape is 8.9 inches shorter than the Allroad, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
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 Allroad doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Escape has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (98.7 vs. 92).
The Escape has 1.8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Escape SE/Titanium’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (34 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).
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 Allroad doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting 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/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Allroad 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 Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Escape Titanium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Allroad doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Escape (except S) offers an optional 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Escape Titanium’s optional 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 Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Escape, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Ford Escape outsold the Audi Allroad by almost 139 to one during the 2016 model year.