$39,990 – $62,740
Good: It’s got excellent, class-leading handling and proves to be decent value for money. A proven full size SUV…
Not so Good: Average fuel economy (petrol engine); Aging exterior design; Interior room isn’t class leading.
Design and Engineering
Good : The Ford Territory received its second ‘facelift’ in April 2011 and with it saw a new front-end look – plus, they added new tail lights to ensure the Territory adopts Ford’s current ‘Kinetic’ design. Ford also introduced a range of TDCi diesel models.
Not so good : Re-wrote the rulebooks when it was launched back in May 2004 and rightfully achieved huge leading sales figures for the first few years – however it no longer has this advantage over the competition in design or sales. Ford have only introduced minor facelifts since the ’04 launch so the Territory’s lines are starting to date…and we’re not so sure about the look of the new ‘gaping’ lower grille design against the rest of the Territory body.
Interior and Styling
Good : A well-padded driver’s seat combined with both a tilt & reach adjustable steering wheel and adjustable pedal height ensures most people should be comfortable behind the wheel this also ensures good front & side visibility. Clever interior packaging with sufficient room for five adults in the first two rows and an additional two kids in the third row (optional on some grades). Plenty of useful storage compartments where both the second and third row seats can fold down to create serious amounts of cargo space and maximise its utility.
Not so good : If you choose a Turbo grade – you’ll have to put up with some engine noise in your functional and spacious interior.
Good : Enough pace for the school run and more than enough for the holidays when loaded with surfboards and camping equipment.
The 4.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine, produces 195kW of power and 391Nm of torque. All models fitted with the petrol six-cylinder engine are only available in rear-wheel drive.
There is also a 2.7-litre TDCi V6 turbo-diesel engine, available in both rear and all-wheel drive. The turbo-diesel produces 140kW of power and 44oNm of torque.
Both engines come fitted with six-speed automatic transmissions across rear and all-wheel-drive models.
We found the both engines had plenty of power and torque on tap. Steep inclines and standing starts where not a problem with both engines performing quite well.
Not so good : The 4.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine can be a little thirty but fuel economy has been improved with the addition of a six-speed transmission.
Ride and Handling
Good : Still provides class-leading levels of handling combined with a comfortable ride, so both driver and passengers are kept happy. The truly excellent steering feel inspires driver confidence, and as an Australian-developed car the ESP (electronic stability control) works well on our roads.
Not so good : It’s a ‘soft roader’ so we wouldn’t recommend taking it for some serious off-roading (BUT a ‘serious’ 4×4 will never drive as nice around corners on the road as the Territory – so it depends on what you’ll truly use this car for most!?).
Buying and Owning
Good : The RWD (rear-wheel drive) grades are much cheaper and lighter (they do without the heavy all-wheel drive hardware) – smart buying in our eyes. All grades come with electronic stability control (an important safety feature).
Not so good : If you can manage it we say fork out the extra cash for the turbo diesel as the petrol engine is a tad thirsty.