The Ford Fusion
The first thing you’ll notice about the Ford Fusion is the size of the vehicle. It’s a large sedan, a proper family sized car and that design is followed through all the way to the cavernous boot space making holidays, sports and shopping, at least from a load space point of view, a breeze.
The Ford Fusion we drove is the 1.5 Ecoboost version which is the smaller of the two petrol engine models available. Like all sensible motoring manufacturers, a diesel 2.0 derivative is also available.
The Fusion is an attractive vehicle, particularly if you choose one of the sexier colours than the standard Mrs Jones white, possibly aptly named frozen white by Ford’s marketing people. The media fleet vehicle was frozen white, possibly easier to sell but not the colour you want to own unless you want to pass unnoticed in which case you might as well skip the Fusion and move past begin to something boring.
The Fusion we drove was specced with an impressive trend pack which includes a 9-speaker Sony sound system, two USB ports, Aux input, SD card slot (apparently standard in all Japanese cars too), Bluetooth as well as the intuitive Sync 2 infotainment setup.
The 1.5 engine delivers a satisfying 132 kW and 240 Nm, considerably more than you might have thought, but in line with the new trend coming out of Europe with the high powered smaller turbo engines. Don’t expect any fireworks though, this is a cruiser not a racer! A cruiser you can arrive at the golf club with confidence though. A lot cheaper than it’s german counterparts from only R 420,000 for a large 5 seater sedan seems like a good buy
The Fusion’s interior is neat and feels top notch without breaking into the hand-sewn leather echelon reserved for the ultra-luxurious sedans whose prices read like phone numbers. The six-speed auto box helps you glide more than roar through the suburbs but you’ll be able to push the speedo past two hundred on the open road should the need ever arise.
If the budget allows, perhaps try the 2.0 Ecoboost. A small sacrifice in the fuel economy for a more responsive driving experience could lead to a longer love-affair with your medium-term investment as the larger engine offers 177 kilowatts!
Overall we enjoyed the Ford Fusion and think it offers the motorist a lot of value for money in its segment. Book a test drive right away!
Pricing: R 419 900 incl VAT