The Getaway requires a somewhat measured approach and the higher centre of gravity makes it rock from side to side. The stiffly-sprung Getaway can skip over bumps, and this skittish rear end requires one to be more careful. The steering, carried over from the Scorpio, is lighter but offers far less feel,
Load up the rear with around 200kg and the ride settles down remarkably. The choppiness in the rear subsides and that pogo effect, especially when you hit a speedbreaker or a sharp pothole, is less severe.
Stray away from tarmac onto a dirt track and the Getaway comes into its own, especially if the going gets slippery. The stiff suspension, high seating, lighter steering, and snub nose all combine to make it a convincing package for off-road use.
The Getaway’s off-road credentials are highlighted by the four-wheel-drive selector switch that is prominently located on the centre console, just behind the gear lever. It’s easy to use. On off-road trails, the Getaway is easy to manoeuvre and the grunt from the 2.6 CRDe motor can pull it out of most situations. One thing you have to watch out for in town is the Getaway’s sheer length. That long rear overhang needs extra caution especially when reversing into tight spaces.