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.