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Review: Ford Territory – A Stylish, Tech-Savvy Family SUV

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The recently launched Ford Territory redefines the mid-sized, five-seater SUV segment with its blend of style, space, power and advanced technology making it an ideal choice for young families seeking both practicality and excitement. After a four-year hiatus in releasing new passenger vehicles to the South African market, Ford introduced the Puma in late 2023 and now, the all-new Ford Territory has arrived. After a long weekend of many hours on the road, the results are in: It’s a winner!

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This latest addition to the Ford lineup promises to be a game-changer in the highly competitive mid-sized SUV segment, taking on well-established rivals like the Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. In fact, it also faces new competitors from Chinese brands such as the Jaecoo J7, Haval H6 and Chery Tiggo 7 and 8 Pro. Despite the crowded field, the Ford Territory stands out as a leader in style, technology and price. Moreover, Ford’s robust supply chain in South Africa ensures that parts are readily available for maintenance and repairs, offering consumers peace of mind.

Striking Design and Practicality

The Ford Territory boasts a sporty and striking exterior, characterised by its sleek lines and innovative LED lighting technology. The headlamps and 3D taillights not only enhance visibility but also give the Territory a unique and commanding road presence. This mid-sized SUV isn’t just about looks, though. It offers a plethora of smart technologies designed to appeal to modern families.

Spacious and Luxurious Interior

Step inside, and you’ll be greeted by an interior that prioritises comfort and convenience. The luxurious Titanium model features a powered twin-panel Panoramic Moonroof, flooding the cabin with natural light and creating an airy, open feel for both front and rear-seat passengers. This thoughtful design element significantly enhances the sense of space and freedom within the vehicle.

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Impressive Performance

Under the hood, the Ford Territory packs a 1.8-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that delivers an impressive 138 kW and 318 Nm of torque. Despite its relatively small size, this engine surprises with its power and efficiency, thanks to Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost technology. The advanced engineering incorporates direct fuel injection, variable camshaft timing and turbocharging, resulting in up to 20% better fuel efficiency compared to larger conventional engines.

Cutting-Edge Technology

  • Panoramic Display: The Titanium model includes a 12.3-inch high-definition digital instrument cluster, while the Ambiente and Trend feature a 7-inch TFT cluster with primary analogue gauges.
  • Infotainment System: All models come with a 12.3-inch landscape infotainment touchscreen, operable by touch or a rotary controller, integrating many vehicle controls to declutter the cabin.
  • Connectivity: The Bluetooth audio system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with steering wheel-mounted audio controls for convenience. The Titanium model enhances the audio experience with eight speakers.
  • Charging Options: Three USB ports up front, an additional USB port at the rear and wireless charging are available on Trend and Titanium models, ensuring all devices stay powered.
  • Safety Features: Standard across all models are Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Six airbags provide comprehensive protection, while the Titanium model adds advanced safety systems like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

To us it feels like the Ford Territory is more than just a family vehicle. It’s a statement of style, innovation and efficiency. Its combination of a sporty exterior, luxurious and spacious interior, powerful yet efficient engine and a suite of cutting-edge technologies make it a standout choice for those seeking a mid-sized SUV that can keep up with their dynamic lifestyle. For families looking to elevate their driving experience, the Ford Territory is an opportunity not to be missed.

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