Friday - - Motoring - Fu­sion SE 2.5-litre four-cyl Sixspeed auto, FWD 175bhp @ 6,000rpm 237Nm @ 4,500rpm NA NA Dh108,000 Good looks, prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able Blind spots

anti-lock brakes, emer­gency brake as­sist, hill start as­sist, re­vers­ing sen­sors and a tyre-pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Top-end mod­els pack a lane-keep­ing sys­tem, adap­tive cruise con­trol, blindspot in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, ac­tive park as­sist and the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Ford’s Sync voice-ac­ti­vated com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, and MyFord Touch.

For the ex­tra bells and whis­tles, you have to stump up Dh135,000. This SE test car is well stocked and rep­re­sents a good deal at Dh108,000.

But what’s more im­por­tant than all of that and what sep­a­rates the Fu­sion from the oth­ers is its ath­letic driv­ing char­ac­ter. Though the per­for­mance fig­ures aren’t much to get ex­cited about, they don’t do the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence jus­tice. It han­dles very well, feels ro­bust on the move and the ride is silky smooth.

The spe­cially tuned elec­tric power-as­sisted steer­ing is re­spon­sive and of­fers good feed­back, while the MacPher­son strut front and mul­ti­link rear sus­pen­sion keeps you planted. The brakes are pro­gres­sive rather than grabby and al­though those look­ing for max­i­mum thrust will want to wait for the tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-pot with 240bhp (mated to a six-speed auto with pad­dle shifters, and all-wheel drive in Ti­ta­nium trim) this front-wheel-drive ver­sion is still one of the more en­joy­able cars in an other­wise dull seg­ment. Dads will be get­ting their groove back with the Fu­sion; it’s en­ter­tain­ing.

Look­ing for an at­trac­tive fam­ily car with so­phis­ti­cated driv­ing dy­nam­ics and which is prac­ti­cal and af­ford­able? Look no fur­ther.

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