Chris Miller road tests and reviews the 2013 Ford Territory.
Undoubtedly one of the saviours of Ford in recent years, the Ford Territory has had great success with good reason.
The latest iteration of the Ford Territory doesn’t disappoint with refined levels of comfort, effortless power, and particularly in the diesel-powered version, excellent fuel economy.
We tested the $50,240 mid-spec 2013 Ford Territory TS rear-wheel drive diesel model, which offers a long list of standard features including 18” alloys, 150-watt sound system, dual-zone climate control & 3rd row seating for 7.
The 2.7 litre diesel, previously used in various Jaguar models, is a bit long in the tooth now and can be a little agricultural sounding from the outside at start up, but from inside the cabin you’d be hard pressed to pick it is a diesel.
Offering 140kW and 440Nm of torque the Ford Territory diesel is anything but underdone.
Turbo lag is a problem however, resulting in slow throttle responses which take some getting used to, but once things are up and moving the power delivery is linear, smooth and more than sufficient.
The six-speed automatic transmission is intuitive and never left wanting to be in the right gear at the right time, one of the best in the business, even if it is a couple of cogs short of its European counterparts.
With plenty of city driving and a quick trip to the top of the Strathbogie ranges from Melbourne, the worst consumption figure I could achieve was 9.3 litres per 100km.
Considering the Ford Territory weighs in at more than 2000kg, and was nearly always fully loaded with kids & cargo, fuel economy is nothing short of impressive.
On the road the Ford Territory is composed and quiet.
For such a high riding vehicle it handles remarkably well, sitting flat through corners and soaking up the worst of bumps and potholes with aplomb. Other than a couple of German rivals costing north of $100,000, you just won’t find a better handling SUV.
Whether cruising on the highway or navigating the tightest shopping centre car park, the Ford Territory is a delight, even the wife was hard to prise out of the driver’s seat declaring the Ford Territory a winner “because it’s so easy to drive & get the kids in & out.”
Glowing praise from one not so easily impressed!
The interior is a great place to be with ample head and leg room and a carnivorous cargo area with the third row of seats folded flat.
With the third row in operation, even an adult could cope with a short trip without becoming claustrophobic, although when using the 7 seats, the cargo area does suffer.
Ford’s Premium Interior Command Centre incorporating Ford SYNC is standard, utilising a large 8 inch central colour display to alert you to phone calls & providing info on streaming music from your mp3 device.
It also incorporates the rear camera display which is one the clearest available. The LCD also displays the dual-zone climate control settings, time & temp in an easy to read layout.
The soft fabric covered seats are supportive & comfortable, and the dash and interior fittings are classy and functional, with no squeaks or rattles.
I’d be hard pressed to recommend another family sized SUV at this price point, the Ford Territory offers great value, excellent dynamics and frugal yet powerful performance.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.7 litre diesel producing 140kW and 440Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $43,240
For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Ford SZ Territory.