Ford Ter­ri­tory

For a model that is pre­par­ing to meet its maker, the Ter­ri­tory still has plenty of vigour, CHRIS RI­LEY says.

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WE turn the spotlight on the car world’s new­est and bright­est stars as we ask the ques­tions to which you want the an­swers. But there’s only one ques­tion that re­ally needs an­swer­ing — would you buy one?

What is it?

The latest and pos­si­bly last Ford Ter­ri­tory wagon, due to join the Fal­con in heaven when Ford pulls the plug on lo­cal pro­duc­tion next year.

How much?

This is the top spec all-wheel drive Ti­ta­nium priced from $56,740, or you can save a few pen­nies and get a rear wheel drive ver­sion for $51,740.

What are the com­peti­tors?

Holden Cap­tiva 7 or the more util­i­tar­ian Holden Colorado 7, both of which are cheaper.

Then there’s the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder — or per­haps you fancy a Dodge? All seat seven and come with the op­tion of diesel.

What’s un­der the bon­net?

A 2.7-litre turbo diesel, the same en­gine that was go­ing to save the day when it went into Fal­con — but it was not to be. It de­liv­ers 140kW of power and 440Nm of torque, the lat­ter from 1900 revs. It’s hooked up to ZF’s ex­cel­lent six-speed auto.

Is it eco­nom­i­cal?

The all-wheel-drive model is rated at 9.0 litres/100km, the rear-wheel drive at 8.2, mak­ing the lat­ter look more at­trac­tive. We were get­ting 8.9 af­ter about 500km with a cou­ple of hun­dred to go.

How does it go?

Very smooth for a diesel, but it’s pretty old tech. Still you’d have dif­fi­culty pick­ing it from the petrol six, which says a lot. The smooth chang­ing six-speed is one of our favourites.

The two-wheel-drive can tow a 2300kg trailer, the all­wheel-drive 2700kg.

Is it safe?

Yes. The latest model gets a full five stars for crash safety, with seven airbags in­clud­ing a driver’s knee bag to pro­tect the lower legs in an ac­ci­dent. Comes with a re­verse cam­era and front and rear park­ing

sen­sors as stan­dard.

Is it green?

Gets only 2.5 out of 5 stars from the Gov­ern­ment’s Green Ve­hi­cle Guide, even less than the stal­wart petrol model

(bench­mark Prius gets 5).

Is it com­fort­able?

Com­fort and a car-like driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence are where the Ter­ri­tory ex­cels.

Our test ve­hi­cle was fin­ished in a to­bacco coloured leather, but lacks heated seats and a power tailgate.

What’s it like to drive?

The diesel is a keeper, with strong ac­cel­er­a­tion and car-like dy­nam­ics, but the Ter­ri­tory’s in­te­rior is start­ing to feel a lit­tle dated — apart from the in­clu­sion of Ford’s new eight­inch four-zone touch screen with the Sync2 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem.

“Very smooth for a diesel, but it’s pretty old tech. Still you’d have dif­fi­culty pick­ing it from the petrol six, which says a lot. The smooth chang­ing six-speed is one of our favourites.”

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