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Ford Territory Titanium 2016 review

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EXPERT RATING
7.0

Likes

  • Smooth, powerful and quiet engine
  • Much needed tech improvements
  • Practical and large inside

Dislikes

  • Dated interior design
  • Heavy and not paticularly fuel efficient
  • Age-related NVH issues
Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the 2016 Ford Territory Titanium with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Sadly, Ford is no longer making cars in Australia, so it seemed like a good time for us to carry out our final test of one of the best models Ford ever designed – the Territory. The big SUV was completely designed and developed in this country so is better than any other in its class at meeting Australian drivers needs and desires.

When the Falcon FG X was introduced in 2014 the Ford Territory received a major refresh using some of the latest Falcon components, particularly in technology. This saw the advanced Sync2 system, WiFi hotspot and voice control introduced throughout the range.

There are three variants of Territory; TX, TS and Titanium. All can be ordered with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. And with either 4.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol or 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel. Petrol models are rear-drive only, where the diesel can be had in either configuration. 

Our review vehicle was the top-spec Territory, the Titanium, with seven seats, a petrol engine and rear-wheel-drive.

Styling

The latest Territory has the now familiar Ford trapezoidal grille with contrasting horizontal bars, a rugged lower skid plate and large rectangular foglamps with matching bezels.

Inside are improved instrument cluster graphics and new fabrics. The premium feel of ‘our’ Titanium was enhanced by quality tan leather trim on the seats and door inserts, complemented by black carpeting.

Features

Sync2, Ford’s latest connectivity system, has a new graphic display utilising layers and colours to aid navigation of menus and connected functions.

The four-quadrant colour touchscreen makes it easy to personalise audio, climate control, smartphone and other vehicle settings. There’s voice control for entertainment, climate control, phone information and satellite navigation. The latter has traffic messages.

Ford’s big straight-six engine is smooth and responsive and still a pleasure to sit behind.

The option of digital radio is standard on all Territory models.The touchscreen shows the title and artist of the song, as well as news headlines, or the latest sports results depending on the broadcast.

To improve reception, the DAB+ radio includes a dual antenna system – in the roof and behind the front bumper.

WiFi capability creates a wireless network hotspot in the vehicle, allowing other devices to be operated.

The rear-seat roof-mounted DVD player proved a winner with the junior travellers.

At the base of the centre console and just ahead of the transmission selector is a deeply recessed storage bin for mobile phones, iPods, small cameras and the like. Also, in the bin is an integrated phone cradle with a convenient connection.

Everything appears to have been thought of, even a dedicated area for a tissue box, including an integrated pen holder and a 12-volt accessory outlet.

Driving

There’s good interior space and the front seats are large and comfortable, the second row is pretty good too, but the rear is a bit of a squeeze. Nothing unusual in that, though.

Territory was released 12 years ago and is showing its age in the NVH areas. It’s not as quiet and smooth as more modern vehicles in its class. Not that it’s bad, it’s just that others are not only more modern and there have been impressive improvements in NVH control in recent years.

Ford’s big straight-six engine is smooth and responsive and still a pleasure to sit behind. There’s minimal engine noise intrusion into the cabin unless you go pretty hard.

Ford says it has been able to improve fuel efficiency on the petrol versions. Titanium petrol models are shown as being only marginally better - down from 10.6 L/100km to 10.5 L/100km. During our test period we found it using 9 to 10 L/100km on motorways and country roads, rising quite sharply to 11 to 15 L/100km around town.

This isn’t bad for a large SUV, but it has to be said that the age of the Territory is showing up, most recent competitors have better aerodynamics and are often lighter. The latter because they are not really intended to be 4WDs, rather they are crossover station wagons.

Handling is pretty good for a vehicle in this class, with minimal body roll.

Ford Territory 2016: Titanium (RWD)

Safety Rating
Engine Type Diesel Turbo V6, 2.7L
Fuel Type Diesel
Fuel Efficiency 8.2L/100km (combined)
Seating 7
Price From $17,710 - $22,440

Verdict

Though now in the old-stager class, Ford’s Territory is still pretty impressive, chiefly due to the fact that it’s Aussie designed and built. It’s a crying shame the final one rolled off the assembly line last week.

Are you going to miss the Ford Territory? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Pricing Guides

$19,125
Based on 142 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months.
LOWEST PRICE
$8,950
HIGHEST PRICE
$30,990

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
TS 2.7L, Diesel, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $18,700 - $23,650
Titanium (4x4) 2.7L, Diesel, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $17,930 - $22,660
Titanium (RWD) 2.7L, Diesel, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $17,710 - $22,440
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
Ewan Kennedy
Contributing Journalist
Ewan Kennedy is the director of Marque Motoring and occasional CarsGuide contributor. An automotive expert with decades of experience, Kennedy has a specialist knowledge of a vehicle’s technical elements.
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$8,950
Lowest price, based on third party pricing data.
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