2014 Ford Taurus | new car review

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 by
2014 Ford Taurus
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 99,000 - 180,000
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  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 75%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The full-sized family saloon has undergone a facelift, both inside and out. The result? Not a bad motor…

Pros

Spacious
Comfortable

Cons

Limited engine options

Looks

The Taurus certainly has a very American vibe about its looks. For a full-sized saloon car it is surprisingly big, and stylish too. The headlamps give it a powerful expression, and the large grille is reminiscent to that of an Aston Martin. From the side it does look a little Audi-ish, but with optional 20’ wheels it looks more like a Touring Car. The rear clusters could do with being a suggestion larger, but on the whole the Taurus is a handsome car. The only question mark is the chrome strip that runs across the tailgate joining the clusters. It looks unnecessary and, frankly, wrong.

2014 Ford Taurus front

Feels

Whenever I sit in a car for the first time I think of one adjective that summarises its interior. For example a Ford Focus is “futuristic” and a Nissan Tiida is “horrid”. With the Taurus I thought “chunky”. That’s not a derogatory put-down, merely an observation. Everything inside is plump, from the door linings to the centre console. The feeling of being surrounded by so much is exasperated by the height of the doors, the base of the side windows are level with my shoulders, and I’m six foot tall. The interior is well finished, if a little unremarkable.

2014 Ford Taurus interior

Engineering

The Taurus is fitted with 4-wheel power brake discs, which is far better than the conventional rear drums. As an optional extra you can also ask for adaptive cruise control and the collision warning system, a feature that is certainly ideal for the UAE roads. The multimedia system sits very nicely in the fascia and the dials are certainly one of its best features.

2014 Ford Taurus rear

What’s on offer?

You can chose between four options with the Taurus, but all of them come with a 3.5 litre Ti-VCT V6 engine, apart from the SHO model which has a 3.5 V6 Ecoboost. The principle engine produces 263 horsepower, can tip 200kp/h when flat out, and 0-100kp/h is dealt with in shade over seven seconds. The Taurus is a generally well-equipped car, and frankly there is little to choose between the SE, SEL, and Limited. The Limited model does come with slightly more, but to really enjoy what it has to offer then you should go with the SHO. Prices vary between AED 99,000 and AED 180,000.

Summing it…

The Taurus is not a bad car at all. It looks quite good, the interior is quite good, the range of options are pretty good, and it blends practicality and comfort reasonably well, too. While there is nothing strictly wrong with it, it does feel like quite an average car. It won’t appear in a book of automotive classics, but it will certainly be a decent car that you will be able to rely upon. It is well priced to boot.

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