2015 Ford Territory Review
The Ford Territory is Australia’s only locally designed and built SUV -
and the latest model Ford Territory has just been released. Production will
cease in 2016 when the Ford factory closes for ever - the badge might
continue, but the Australian Ford Territory will die. Should you rush out
and buy one?
Predictably enough, Ford says the new SZ Mark II Territory is a winner, but
the reality is, Territory sales went into free-fall in 2014, and in
response they’ve slashed the price. It’s desperation stuff. The truth
is, the Ford Territory is a train wreck. So if you’re thinking about
buying a ticket and jumping on board, think again.
The new Ford Territory has been part of the motoring landscape in Australia
since 2004. Back then, it was a good - albeit thirsty - vehicle.
Unfortunately, though, Ford has done the absolute bare minimum to it, over
10 years, while the rest of the market has sprinted competitively ahead.
This is perhaps understandable: the Ford factory in Broadmeadows was
bleeding money hand over fist, the global financial crisis hit, and Ford
had to unload Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar and Aston Martin at
desperation-sale prices just to avoid bankruptcy.
Ford also enacted its One Ford policy, essentially the death sentence for
local manufacturing. It wasn’t too hard to join the dots, as early as
2011. Against this turbulent backdrop, senior Ford management in Dearborn
was hardly in a position to send a shipping container full of Greenbacks
Down Under, with strict instructions to go nuts on R&D with the Ford
As a consumer proposition, the later half of the Ford Territory’s life
cycle screams ‘too little, too late’. That’s just how it is.
Exhibit A: The engines.
The inline six was making 184kW @ 5000rpm back in 2004. Fast-forward a
decade and it’s pumping out 195kW @ 6000rpm: That’s 20 per cent more
revs for just 7 per cent more power. If you know anything about
engineering, that’s an example of going backwards. Spinning an engine faster to derive an impractical
increase in power is something you only ever do for the press release, not
something you do to benefit consumers.
Compare a Mazda3 2.0-litre engine over the same period. From 2004-2014 it
jumped 10 per cent in power, and manages to deliver it at 8 per cent fewer
revs - with a 34 per cent drop in fuel consumption. That’s progress. To
be fair, Ford Territory has gained some fuel efficiency as well - 22 per
cent better. It’s gone from from atrocious to just awful. A V6 Kluger
makes more power, but less torque, with half a litre less engine, and the
same approximate economy.
And then there’s the diesel. It took seven long years to fit that diesel
engine to a Territory and stifle all those high fuel consumption
criticisms, by which time that diesel engine was a geriatric - ready for
the zimmer frame and the nursing home. It’s a 2.7, and today, Hyundai/Kia
manages to deliver the same engine outputs with a 2.2. When the South
Koreans stick that engine in a Santa Fe or Sorento - direct Territory
competitors - it’s also 17 per cent more fuel efficient.
The Ford Territory is one of the Australian car market's long-term lemons.
Klokje Rond - Daewoo Nubira Wagon
Het Koreaanse merk Daewoo verdween net zo snel weer van de markt als het in
de jaren 90 verscheen. Toch kennen we niemand die ooit echt ongelukkig is
geworden van de aanschaf van een Daewoo. Zeker Arthur Schenk niet, die vier
jaar geleden voor een paar centen deze stationwagon aanschafte, destijds
met 327.000 kilometer op de teller. Hoe is het nu met zijn door de wol
2015 Ford Territory MkII TDCi AWD 0-100km/h & engine sound
2015 Ford Territory MkII Titanium TDCi AWD 0-100km/h & engine sound. Head
eview-video-1310/ for the full review.
2015 Ford Territory Titanium TDCi AWD
2.7-litre turbo-diesel V6
140kW and 440Nm
Six-speed auto, all-wheel drive
0-100km/h in 9.4 seconds (as tested)