From the July 2004 Wheels magazine article.....
by Deputy Editor John Carey.
"....Personally, I would rather drive the Ford (Territory) that a BMW X5, VW Touraeg, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover, Honda MDX, Lexus RX330, or Mercedes M-Class. Any of these will likelymake a bigger impressio on the neighbours than the humble Territory, and some of them are quicker or quieter, or both, but none of them has better suspension that the delightfully disciplined Ford."
I'm picking up my Territory Ghia tommorow. What makes it the worlds best is its steering and suspension. Every journalist who has driven one has raved about its steering, ride and handling for one of these types of vehicles as well as its practicality.
Not sure if the Europeans are into Territory class vehicles like we are at the moment however I can see a roadtest on European soil or US soil in an upcoming edition...with native journalists giving feedback as in the last XR6T story.
I haven't driven a Territory, but I have driven a 5.0 V10 diesel Touareg both on and off road, and also a few BMW X5s..... I am very doubtful the Territory will stack up, money aside... Taking money in to the equation, the Territory looks very good value for money.... If it wants to better the Touareg, it needs to offer a quiet CR diesel with more than 230kw/750Nm 6 speed auto, air suspension with rear and central diff locks and 2 speed transfer case.... I think other things like doubly glazed windows, would bring it up to spec, but that's not Ford's market so it wont happen...
chevy power whilst it doesn't have all those features, it is amazingly quiet, handles like you wouldn't think was legal for a vehicle of that price/size and SERIOUSLY keeps the X5's out there VERY honest in most ways, plus it has a 7 seat option which BMW's line is "we don't put seats in crumple zones". Well in that case they don't build their vehicle well enough, either that or they simply don't realise how popular a true 7 seater BMW would be... hence why people are paying a lot less for a justifiably similarly good vehicle that DOES have 7 seats. Nothing will substitue an X5 in the end, unless of course you can earn that $120,000 in less that half a lifetime... it's no X5, but as Wheels puts it it's an Aussie X5 for Falcon Bucks and they're dead on the money there.
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