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which has come a long way from the first generation. Google it. You see? Having moved from the old staid to the new dynamic looks, the Fusion is barely recognisable.
The roofline mimics the handsome Audi A7, but the sleek silhouette is all the Blue Oval’s; there’s a familiarity about it and you can tell it’s from the same lineage as the larger Taurus. The character lines that sweep to the rear help to break up the ‘threebox’ powertrain/cabin/ boot design – synonymous with mid-size saloons – while the LED taillights (and a LED centre-high mounted stop light), polished exhaust tips and 17in alloys further separate it from the countless others in this crowded segment. Vehicles in this category need to take a long, hard look at themselves now as the Fusion has shaken things up. t’s not all good, however; the B-pillar is very thick and though it seems to hide its girth on the outside, it’s a different matter inside; it obstructs your view over your shoulders a fair bit. Also, that swoopy roofline eats up headroom for back-seat passengers. It’s still comparable to the competition, but there are no complaints with room at the front.
The cabin isn’t just a comfortable, airy and driver-oriented environment with a good mix of soft-touch surfaces, durable plastics and a host of intuitive controls on the centre stack. No, what is really impressive is the amount of safety features in here. In addition to the eight airbags (driver, passenger, knee, side and canopy curtain air bags), there are several other highlights, which include electronic stability control,