2015 Ford Explorer | new car review

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by
2015 Ford Explorer
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AEDAED 130,000 - 220,000
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  • Last modified: December 18, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

The 2015 Explorer is a popular Full-sized SUV, and there’s a reason for it…

Pros

Rear seats are supremely comfortable and move out of the way to increase storage space.

Cons

High starting price could turn potential buyers into settling for a competing model.

Looks

The 2015 Ford Explorer is unmistakably a Ford. However, while creases in its door panels and bulges in its hood inject some character into the bodywork, the oversized grille upfront looks like it can bludgeon down one of Dubai’s towers, if it weren’t made of plastic that is. The overall aesthetics are appealing to say the least, with wide windows, a roof rack, and chrome door handles.

2015 Ford Explorer front

Feels

Ford’s team of OCD designers have cleaned out every last button that once occupied the dashboard, replacing them with sensitive touch climate controls, and a Microsoft powered touch screen that houses all the media functions.  The only knob surfacing is the trail mode selector that neighbors the gear lever.

2015 Ford Explorer interior

Engineering

The 2015 Ford Explorer Sport has an EcoBoost engine which delivers power and torque consistent with larger engines, while achieving 20% better fuel efficiency and 15% reduced greenhouse emissions.

2015 Ford Explorer front

What’s on offer?

The Explorer is powered by a 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower and will set you back AED 130,000, while the “Sport” variant has 2 turbochargers that generate 350 horsepower and costs AED 220,000! The base model has a FWD drivetrain but you can get it as a 4WD with terrain management for a little extra dough. The ambient lighting, moon roof, leather seats, 12 Sony speakers and key-less engine starter are some of the options offered.

2015 Ford Explorer top

Summing it…

What we are beginning to witness my friends, is the end of the V8 era, with the car industry shifting to more fuel efficient alternatives as is the case with the Explorer. With sporty styling, AWD, decent power, and 2nd row airbags, it seems like a no brainer to go for it, if it weren’t for the steep starting price, which towers over the competition.

2015 Ford Explorer rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Ford Explorer2015 Ford Explorer Sport
Engine/ Cylinders3.5 litre / V63.5 litre Turbocharged / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
290 hp @ 6,500 RPM350 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
346 Nm @ 4,000 RPM488 Nm @ 3,500 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive / All Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.0 secs7.0 secs
Top speed170 km/h170 km/h
PriceAED 130,000 - 215,000AED 220,000

One Response to 2015 Ford Explorer | new car review

  1. Joshua Reply

    June 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Car is noisy/ A/C vents makes noise when set at high

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