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Ford Territory Ghia

Broadcast dates : 14th August 2005
20th August 2005

The Ford Territory is a fine piece of kit, especially at the price. Costing under R400 000, itís up against the so-called soft-roaders like BMWís X3. For "soft-roader", read station wagon with an extra dollop of roof height and ground clearance. And as for image, well, the Territory is a clean-cut kid. 

The Territoryís cabin is crisp and clean. But this leather-clad top-of-the-range Ghia model has impressive panel fit, adding to an honest, no-fuss image.

Thereís an air of solidity and lack of gimmickry that appeals, an unmistakable aura of friendly Ford-ness that makes you feel right at home.

Yet there are quality touches too, such as the smart central console, the aluminum-topped gear-lever, the tasteful metal trimming, and the biscuit-finish faces on the instrumentation.

Ford reckons the front seats are placed at the perfect height for exit and entry of the average person. 

And talking of accommodation, the Territoryís strong suit is definitely the extra row of seats that it offers.

The Territory is not merely an Australian makeover in the styling department. It uses the same engine as found in the big Australian Falcon sedan available here until a few years ago. Itís a vehicle thatís designed pretty much for a country like ours.

Car Magazine tested the Ford Territory at 9,47 to one hundred, and in fact on a bang-for-buck basis, the Ford offers more performance than its competitors.

The 180 kilometres-per-hour top speed is electronically limited, and for a family-orientated vehicle, itís rather academic, especially in a country with a 120 kilometres-per-hour national speed limit.

While the Ghia model boasts full-time four-wheel-drive, it lacks a low-range transfer box that some competitors offer in this price league.

The prodigious torque of the Territory would make it an ideal towing vehicle. It produces 380 Newton metres at 3250 rpm. And with the specific automatic gearbox fitted to the Ford, towing will be even more of a breeze.

The auto is a rather old-fashioned three-speed-with-overdrive device, the overdrive acting as a fourth gear. On paper it sounds unimpressive, but in practice it works very well, both the engine and transmission profiled to lugging rather than high-rev roustabouting.

The engines character is old-world, but itís refined enough to suit the genteel nature of the Territory. Itís almost like a diesel engine, except itís quicker and revs more freely.

Ford isnít pretending that this is a serious off-roader. Like many soft-roaders itís designed for use on tar and good dirt roads, the type typically found on game farms.

Thereís a hill-descent ABS control to provide some ability on steep inclines, but for heavy-duty 4X4 stuff, Ford would probably point you in the direction of your nearest Land Rover dealership.

Australian Fords have always enjoyed a strong following here, and this is a car that grows on you.

Ford Territory 4,0 AWD Ghia
  • Engine: Straight-six petrol, 3 984cc
  • Power: 182 kW @ 5 000 rpm
  • Torque: 380 Nm @ 3 250 rpm
  • Transmission: Four-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,47 seconds
  • Top speed: 180 km/h (limited)
  • Fuel consumption: 14,4 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
  • Price: R389 500

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