2014 Ford Fusion | first drive

Posted on May 22, 2014 by
2014 Ford Fusion
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 80,000 - 120,000
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  • Rated 5 stars
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  • Fusion
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
    User: 93%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
    User: 83%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
    User: 92%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
    User: 69%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%
    User: 78%

Review Summary:

The 2014 is like an earthquake amongst the mid-size sedans. While conventional competitors such as the Toyota Camry twiddle around with redesigned bumpers and the likes, sneaky boffins at Ford have crept up on them with a car that features technology not expected in its segment.

Pros

* Exterior styling is strong enough to make people give it a second look.
* Increased stability and steering feedback make it a lot nicer to drive than its Japanese rival.

Cons

* Rear leg room and horsepower aren't at par with those of the Camry.

The Ford Fusion is by no means an unfamiliar nameplate, but since the second generation car made an appearance at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2013, it had been causing a stir amidst the motoring press, anxiously waiting to have a go behind the wheels of the 2014 Ford Fusion.

2014 Ford Fusion front

Having received an invitation to experience what the new Ford Fusion is all about, press from far and wide flocked to the Dubai Autodrome to put the newest addition to the brand’s line-up through its paces and compare it to the segment’s highest selling model, the adored Toyota Camry. I have to give marks to Ford Middle East for pitching the new Fusion against the Toyota Camry boldly in an media drive experience event, something that most car makers dare not do – hand keys of a competing car.

Exterior

At first glance, the 2014 Ford Fusion may come off as an underfed Taurs, but look closer and you begin to notice the differences. Amongst a host of changes, you’ll notice the dreary eyes of its predecessor have been replaced with narrow, angular headlamps and a hexagonal Aston Martin-esque grille replaces the chrome snout, too. With prominent creases along the hood funneling down to the Blue Oval insignia, complemented by swooping C-pillars that integrate ever so gracefully into its smooth physique, there really isn’t an angle to the 2014 Ford Fusion that won’t make you look twice.

2014 Ford Fusion Front

Interior

It’s lively, it’s exciting and compared to its competition, it stands out as much as a senior citizen would at a teenager’s house party. Featuring capacitive touch controls for the infotainment system and A/C controls, along with chrome piping around the instrument cluster, it’s tidy too. Although rear seat passengers receive a slightly snugger fit in the Fusion with rear legroom in at 38.3 inches, as opposed to 38.9 inches in the Camry, lost space is made up for with the boot. While the Camry can swallow up 436 litres of cargo effortlessly, the 2014 Ford Fusion takes it a step further with a mighty impressive 453 litres.

2014 Ford Fusion interior

Features

Utilizing a combination of sensors, cameras and radars, the Fusion carries a range of driver assist technologies that aren’t just unique, but unexpected in an offering reigning from the mid-size sedan segment. Equipped with features such as lane-keeping assist which automatically corrects the steering if the car drifts out of the lane, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and blind spot monitoring, the Fusion has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

2014 Ford Fusion side

Drive

Matched to a front-wheel drive layout, the 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine fitted in the 2014 Ford Fusion delivers 175 horsepower and 237 Nm of torque through a 6 speed automatic transmission. In a straight line, the Fusion faces a tough time keeping up with the 181 horsepower Camry, but arrive at a set of turns and it’s a whole new ball game. While the Camry scurries for grip when turning hard into corners, the Fusion remains poised and by offering better steering feedback and stability, it allows drivers to enter corners carrying higher amounts of speed and confidence as well.

2014 Ford Fusion side

Verdict

If you’re concerned about resale value, spare parts and the like, then you’re probably going to walk into the Toyota showroom and book a Camry either way. But if you want a car that looks better than the  tired Camry, packs in way more features and is also a lot nicer to drive, then we suggest you hop across to the Ford showroom, because the 2014 Ford Fusion definitely has what it takes to impress. Just keep your chequebook at hand, so you can sign for anything between AED 80,000 and AED 120,000 depending on the variant you fancy, but remember, a 5 year warranty and a 3 year or 60,000 kilometers service contract is on the house.

2014 Ford Fusion rear

4 Responses to 2014 Ford Fusion | first drive

  1. jijith Reply

    May 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    • Exterior
      93%
    • Interior
      90%
    • Quality
      83%
    • Features
      92%
    • Performance
      69%
    • Value for money
      78%
    • Rated 5 stars

    Great car, I wish they had given the 2.0 turbo and 1.5 turbo as an option

    • Sue N. Reply

      June 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      @Jijith — Hello, i work with Ford Middle East. The new Fusion will be available with the 2.0L EcoBoost engine later this year with 240 net HP, so watch this space! 🙂

      • Waz Reply

        July 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        @ Sue N, will the 2.0L Ecoboost Fusion come with FWD or AWD?

        • Zaran Tarapore

          Zaran Tarapore Reply

          July 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

          Hi Waz,

          In all likelihood, it will be the FWD version.

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