Territory: The reviews come in
Carpoint (ninemsn/wheels affiliate).. loved it
A really big thumbs up. Ford Australia has built a winner. The Ford Territory delivers everything it promises and more. It is a successful combination of family sedan, four-wheel-drive and people mover. It's a vehicle we can recommend, and a vehicle we could easily own.
First and foremost, it's a great value for money proposition. Thirty-eight grand for a five-seat wagon with loads of equipment, class leading safety and plenty of room earns it a big tick. And it looks good! The Territory proves that practical cars don't have to look boring and unexciting.
Secondly, it drives beautifully. Territory delivers a supple ride worthy of a six figure prestige sedan and -- despite its weight -- shows an impressive set of heels on the twisty bits. It steers accurately and communicatively, exhibits very little body roll in corners, and handles with agility and poise. Gasp! It's fun to drive.
Thirdly, it's extremely versatile. It'll carry between one and seven people in relative comfort, features a second and third row of seats that folds flat to reveal massive amounts of cargo room, has more than 30 storage compartments throughout the cabin, and is equally at home on major national highways or in mountainous national parks.
they do say its heavy, thirsty, and lethargic at low revs, and seemed to have a few dash creaks and suspension knocks (preproduction version)
goauto (john mellor).. loved it
Performance, ride/handling, interior flexibility, styling, versatility, price
we didnt like
Fuel consumption, some mismatched interior plastics, no lockable glovebox
the most obvious trait on the road is cabin quietness, Territory offering superior noise suppression from wind, road and engine than Falcon at any speed. The refinement continues on the open road, where Territory is quiet and civilised all the way to its artificial 180km/h speed limit
Territory maintains a surprisingly flat attitude even when pushed, despite the impressive ride quality and a more supple ride that produces less head-toss than an X5 - and straight-line stability and well-weighted steering are other stand-out features. Handling is very neutral, with neither front-end push or rear-end shove evident in most situations, either in RWD or AWD models
The more time one spends in Territory, the more attention to detail becomes obvious. All the fundamentals are there, including a three-point seatbelt and adjustable headrest for all seating positions, adjustable outboard seatbelt height, a separate-opening rear window, a low rear loading lip, three 12-volt power outlets, three overhead lights, a slide/fold function for the centre row that delivers a flat load space and enough headroom even in the third row to accommodate tall passengers reasonably comfortably. There are even soft pads positioned to prevent noise and scuffing from the rear seatbelt buckles.
there’s no disguising the Commodore wagon-based origins of Adventra, which offers inferior interior flexibility, refinement and technology.
Weight and fuel efficiency issues aside, Territory’s clever mix of passenger car-like performance, dynamics, safety and refinement, with people-mover-style flexibility and space, and the ability to tackle SUV-only terrains raises the bar for the Australian auto industry.
And we’re certain Territory will be a hit with a large number of sensible, adventurous Aussies, for whom the right mix of on and off-road practicality in a full-size Australian-made cross-over has proved elusive until now.
more as they come in.