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We would love to hear about your experience of the Ford Escort XR3i. If you have ever owned one of these vehicles and had to replace any parts then let us know how the parts performed when fitted. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Ford Escort XR3i Overview

The Ford Escort XR3i is classed as a small family car and was produced by the European division of the Ford Motor Company. The XR3i is one of the models of the Escort range and was in production from 1983 in the Mark III up to the 1992 Mark V version. The XR3i was seen as the sporty version of the Escort and is now a classic car. This car was very popular in the UK due to its low prices, high performance and sporty looks. The interior design was pretty good and had some luxurious features. There was a convertible version available as well. As it doesn’t have power steering, the low speed driving can be a bit of a pain. Does this sound like your experience of the Escort XR3i?

Ford Escort XR3i History

The Ford Escort Mark III (1980-96) was introduced in 1980 and the XR3 version was part of the lineup. This version of the Escort was totally different than the two previous versions, giving it an all new look. The XR3i version was made available in 1983 and was the hot hatch version of the Escort which could compete with the likes of the VW Golf GTi. This version of the Escort was to prove to be very popular.

The Mark IV (1986-90) was an evolution of the Mark III removing the box shape, giving it a smoother rounder look but still identifiable as the new shaped Escort. The Mark V (1990-92) had a new body design and the XR3i was last available in 1992.

Model Types

Hot hatch

Fuel Economy

The Ford Escort XR3i had a 1.6L, 1.8L or 2.0L petrol engine depending on which version. The 1.6L offered up to 30mpg. How did the engine on your XR3i perform in terms in fuel economy? Remember to consider the age, fuel type and engine size when determining fuel economy for a vehicle.


The Ford Escort XR3i was available in 4 or 5 speed manual gearboxes depending on the version. Which engine did you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Ford gearbox parts where you can look for your Escort XR3i gearbox parts.


If you are looking for Ford Escort XR3i parts then you are in the right place. We know that these parts can be hard to find, and our comprehensive network of Breakers has parts available for all makes and models. You can either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or you can visit the Escort XR3i parts page to locate the exact parts you need for your vehicle.