2014 Ford Flex | new car review

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 by
2014 Ford Flex
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  • Rated 2.5 stars
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AEDAED 105,000 - 140,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 50%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 55%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The 2014 Flex is a full-size crossover utility vehicle, in a similar vein to the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Nissan Pathfinder. Never has a crossover sat so low.

Pros

Spacious interior
Price

Cons

Styling

Looks

The 2014 Ford Flex has undergone a facelift: gone is the men’s razor-like grille, in is RoboCop’s helmet. It bears the unmistakable face of Peter Weller from the 1987 blockbuster. Beyond the Hollywood character frontage, the rest of the car was evidently designed by someone who had nothing other than a ruler and a set-square at their disposal. The only rounded edges on the entire car are the wheels. It looks more like a toaster, and I am unable to fathom the point of the indentations that run down the sides. Perhaps they expect you to use the car as a draining board for your washing up? It is not a looker.

2014 Ford Flex Front

Feel

Inside, the penchant for right-angles and quadrilaterals continues. It is hard to understand what Ford were thinking with the Flex, was it a bold styling gamble or just a rush job? Sitting in the driver’s seat, you are consumed with the sense that the rest of it will be along soon, and that surely all the square shapes are only temporary. But the overriding feeling is that, because you sit so low in the Flex, should you park next to a Range Rover, or even a rival car such as the Trailblazer, you will likely get a crick in your neck from having to look up. Feeling dwarfed in such a large car is a very unusual feeling.

2014 Ford Flex interior

Engineering

It’s not all bad, there are acres of space for every single passenger in all three available rows. There are also some quirky features, such as automatic headlamps and security lights on the wing mirrors. Privacy glass on the second and third windows is also a standard-feature. All-wheel drive is available as an option on the top-of-the-range “Limited” version. Luggage space comes in at a superb 1223 litres; this is increased when the rear seats are stowed.

What’s on offer?

The Flex comes in three versions, the SE, SEL, and Limited. All models come with 3.5 litre V6 engine and front wheel drive. For a car that looks like a Range Rover gone wrong, the price is much lower than you might expect, with the basic model starting at AED 105,000. That is a few thousand less than both the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Nissan Pathfinder. For a car that can seat seven people, AED 105,000 is not a bad price at all.

2014 Ford Flex rear

Summing it…

Maybe in the future this car will be fashionable, but in this age of elegant curves and graceful features, the Flex is perhaps out of place. The old face of the Flex carried with it a look of surprise, perhaps even embarrassment about its kitchen appliance-like aesthetics. Ford have tried to make the car look tougher, and evidently decided that the 1987 movie “RoboCop” was a good source of inspiration. It’s a shame they didn’t wait for the 2014 “RoboCop” movie reboot, because that looks much better.

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