2015 Ford Flex | new car review
Priced extremely well for what it offers.
Styling requires some getting used to.
Beyond the Hollywood character frontage, the rest of the 2015 Ford Flex 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.
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.
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 row 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?
Opting for the naturally aspirated route will land you a 3.5 litre V6 engine that kicks out a very respectable 287 horsepower and 344 Nm of torque. Trek down the turbocharged path and while its the same engine, figures get boosted to a remarkable 365 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque. Although both engines are mated to a six speed automatic transmission and bear a top speed of 200 km/h, the former requires 9.2 seconds to accelerate to 100 km/h from a standstill, while the turbocharged brute pushes the Flex in just 6.0 seconds.
Maybe in the future this car will be fashionable, but in this age of elegant curves and graceful features, the 2015 Ford Flex is perhaps a little 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.
|Specifications||2015 Ford Flex||2015 Ford Flex Ecoboost|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.5 litre / V6||3.5 litre turbocharged / V6|
|Max Power |
|287 hp @ 6,500 RPM||365 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|344 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||475 Nm @ 3,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.2 secs||6.0 secs|
|Top speed||200 km/h||200 km/h|
|Price||AED 110,000 - 140,000||AED 175,000|