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Ford Endura Trend 2019 review

Nedahl Stelio
Family reviewer

27 Feb 2019 • 11 min read

Ford has a new kid on the block. Well, it's a large kid - a five seater SUV that competes with the likes of Mazda's CX-8 and Hyundai's Santa Fe.

It's the Ford Endura. Big, bolshy, but only five seats compared to seven in some competitor offerings.

Still, it will fit a family of five so easily, and you'll have boot space a parent can usually only dream about.

I was in the Endura Trend which is at the bottom of the range, in the two-wheel drive (2WD) version, which retails for $44,990, plus on-road costs. Here's how it did over seven days of driving with my family of four.

How spacious is it?

There's a really good amount of space inside the car. Up front was very roomy, with lots of air between our heads and the roof and plenty of leg space. You certainly don't feel cramped in this car.

My two children aged five and seven also had lots of room in the back to climb around and settle in.

And the boot is huge. At 603L it will fit a pram, sporting equipment, pretty much all you need. And the boot is huge. At 603L it will fit a pram, sporting equipment, pretty much all you need.

They were far enough apart to help prevent bickering (we all know how close quarters can be conducive to sibling fights!), and you are able to fit a third child seat in the middle if you have three kids in car seats.

And the boot is huge. At 603L (up to the cargo cover), it will fit a pram, sporting equipment, pretty much all you need. There are also two hidey holes in each side of the boot for loose extras.

My two children aged five and seven also had lots of room in the back to climb around and settle in. My two children aged five and seven also had lots of room in the back to climb around and settle in.

How does it look?

The exterior is quite large. It's got a bullish front end that feels very American, and is like the tough guy on the block you go out of your way to avoid.

I know some people really go for that, so if that's your thing, you'll like the Endura. Still, there's a surprising element of refinement about it, especially in this 'Baltic Sea Green' colour.

  • It's the Ford Endura. Big, bolshy, but only five seats but only five seats compared to seven in some competitor offerings. It's the Ford Endura. Big, bolshy, but only five seats but only five seats compared to seven in some competitor offerings.
  • Once you do find a park to fit you, it's easy to get into because of the clear reversing camera. Once you do find a park to fit you, it's easy to get into because of the clear reversing camera.
  • The exterior is quite large. The exterior is quite large.
  • It's got a bullish front end that feels very American. It's got a bullish front end that feels very American.
  • There's a surprising element of refinement about it, especially in this 'Baltic Sea Green' colour. There's a surprising element of refinement about it, especially in this 'Baltic Sea Green' colour.

Inside is also more refined than I would have expected from Ford. The leather-trimmed steering wheel helps with that, the centre console is nicely designed with a smooth finish, rounded at the storage corner, and there is a circular gear selector (similar to the gear shifter in Jaguars and Land Rovers) that instantly adds to the premium feel, even in this bottom-of-the-range Endura Trend. The finishings on dash and doors are not too hard or plasticky either.

The seats are fabric but they wear well against bare skin and are comfortable, and the driver's seat is power operated, also good for an entry-level car. It's a high car so you do feel quite large up in the cabin, which is always a nice thing when you're driving with kids in the back.

Inside is also more refined than I would have expected from Ford. Inside is also more refined than I would have expected from Ford.

How does it drive?

There's a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine - the Endura only comes in diesel, there is no petrol option.

Normally I'm not a diesel fan purely because of the chug-a-lug sound, but this engine is well insulated and I can barely hear it, so that's a tick because you get much better fuel efficiency with a diesel.

It gets up hills perfectly fine and I feel comfortable cruising along highways. This is the 2WD option, though it does come in an AWD for an extra $4000.

There's a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine - the Endura only comes in diesel. There's a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine - the Endura only comes in diesel.

I did find this car had a bit of a tendency to roll back a slight amount and you really have to push the accelerator if you're in a situation when you go to take off at the top of a hill.

It's still a sizeable car to park and in my tiny, local shopping centre car park, I found myself going for the park furthest away from the lift because I could get into it more easily. Good for your steps?

Once you do find a park to fit you, it's easy to get into because of the clear reversing camera. Steering is also fine to turn, there's a slight pull to it but nothing unexpectedly heavy.

It's still a sizeable car to park and in my tiny, local shopping centre car park. It's still a sizeable car to park and in my tiny, local shopping centre car park.

How easy is it to use every day?

The kids had a great time climbing in and out of the car. There are two cupholders up front, one quite deep one for bottles, and the centre storage bin is super deep - you could fit a champagne bottle in there if you needed to!

There's also a deep hole at the front that is perfect to lose your keys in (I did), and a bottle holder in each door. You'll also get two cupholders in the back and rear passengers also get their own air vents.

You are able to fit a third child seat in the middle if you have three kids in car seats. You are able to fit a third child seat in the middle if you have three kids in car seats.

The air in general is well circulated through the car, I drove it during a very hot week and I found the design of the air vents to be really great for cooling the car quickly.

The only real disappointment is that it doesn't have those two spare seats in the back, like its competitors do, so for a similar price you could be getting seven seats instead of five.

They're mighty handy but sometimes families know they just won't use those two extra seats, but they still want a big car. So it really is a personal choice.

The seats are fabric but they wear well against bare skin and are comfortable. The seats are fabric but they wear well against bare skin and are comfortable.

How safe is it?

What's the tech like?

Plug your phone into the USB ports and you'll be hooked up to the multimedia screen via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, where your phone's main apps will appear.

It's just easier to use because you already know what you're doing! So you can use maps to navigate and Spotify for music. It also gives you the option to use voice control to make calls and send texts while driving so you never have to touch your phone.

Plug your phone into the USB ports and you'll be hooked up to the multimedia screen via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Plug your phone into the USB ports and you'll be hooked up to the multimedia screen via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

How much does it cost to own?

The Ford Endura Trend comes in at $44,990, with an extra $600 for the Baltic Sea Green colour, to bring it to $45,590.

Fuel consumption is 6.7L/100km, thanks to diesel efficiency.

It's covered by Ford's five year/unlimited km warranty with servicing recommended every 12 months or 15,000km.


The Wrap

The Ford Endura is a good family car. It feels quite solid, the interiors are better than expected, it's got a giant boot and it drives well. I gave it a family rating of 7.5 out of 10, taking points off for not having the two spare seats in the back, like some competitors. My children also gave it a 7.5, they like having their own air vents in the back.

Likes

Interior design
Boot space
Interior space

Dislikes

No spare seats in boot

Scores

Nedahl:

3.8

The Kids:

3.8

$44,990

Based on new car retail price

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