road test : Ford Scorpio TD estate
The engine itself is not great. Ask it to pull briskly from low speeds, and you are met with the equivalent of a yawn. But, once stoked up, it cruises in a relaxed, long-legged manner which compliments the safe if slow-witted handling. But, unless fuel economy overrides considerations of pace and serenity, you would enjoy life more with the identically-priced 2.9-litre, 12-valve V6 Scorpio.
Imitation-wood dashboard excepted, the Scorpio has a welcoming interior with squidgily comfortable seats and impressive legroom. The class of a Mercedes, BMW or Audi estate is lacking, but then it costs a good deal less. The cheapest of the three versions, tellingly named Executive, costs pounds 19.145, and even the ultimate Ultima undercuts most German-badged rivals at pounds 21,760.
One previous owner
Charles Hart, Operations Director Northgate Holdings. "I drive about 55,000 miles a year and am on my fourth, new-generation Scorpio Estate - an Ultima, which is top of the range and much underplayed by Ford: performance in this model is fairly electric. I like the looks - futuristic and bold - although people do tend to stare at you at traffic lights."
Ford Scorpio Ghia TD Estate, pounds 20,350
Engine: 2,500cc, four cylinders, turbodiesel, 115hp at 4,200rpm. Five- speed gearbox, rear-wheel drive. Top speed: 116 mph; 0-60 in 11.4 seconds. Fuel consumption 28-33mpg.
Audi A6 2.5 TDI Estate, pounds 23,173
BMW 525 tds Touring, pounds 24,990
Citroen XM 2.1 TD SX Estate, pounds 19.055
Vauxhall Omega 2.5 TD GLS Estate, pounds 21,400
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