Ford Territory TS AWD Diesel Review

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  • Country of Origin
    AUSTRALIA
  • Price
    $55,240 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine
    6 Cylinders
  • Output
    140 kW / 440 Nm
  • Transmission
    Sports Automatic
  • ANCAP Rating
    5
  • Airbags
    Driver & Passenger (Dual), Knee Driver, Head for 2nd Row Seats, Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • L/100 km
    8.8
  • C02
    232 g/km
  • Luggage Capacity
    N/A
  • Towing (braked)
    2700 kg
  • Towing (unbraked)
    750 kg
Tim O'Brien | Apr 7, 2011 | 15 Comments

FORD TERRITORY TS AWD DIESEL REVIEW

Vehicle Style: Family Wagon SUV
Price: $55,240 all-wheel-drive diesel (Rear-wheel drive diesel $50,240)

Fuel Economy (claimed): 8.8 l/100km (combined cycle)
Fuel Economy (tested): 10.1 l/100km

Has Ford Australia just launched the best new car of 2011?

It’s too early to call, but this we can attest: Ford Australia’s new Territory - now available in diesel form - is the best ‘all-rounder’ family wagon ever designed and built in this country.

Under the bonnet of our test car was the meaty and masterful 2.7 litre Duratorq V6. (The petrol engine is now available only with the rear-wheel drive format.)

The diesel puts to bed what had previously been an issue for the Territory - its fuel consumption - and delivers the towing capacity of a “tradie ute”.

The 2011 Territory is improved everywhere you care to look. This is one very impressive box from Ford Australia. Only the pricing, which places the Territory in the upper quartile of the segment, remains a question mark.

INTERIOR:

  • Quality: The surfaces that matter - the ones you touch - look and feel terrific. While the design is safe and conventional, the overall layout is clean and uncluttered, with neat metal garnishes and an understated feel throughout.

    The easily-navigated touch screen display is at the same eye-height as the instrument binnacle, and other controls feel and look good.

    The only debit is the slight mismatch in surface textures where the dash meets the doors.
  • Comfort: Seats are well-shaped and comfortable, and the steering wheel is rake and reach adjustable.

    Second row seats are raised theatre-style, and the third row jump-seats are easy enough to access, though they’re not really meant for adults.
  • Equipment: Standard with the range-topping Titanium and mid-spec TS is an eight-inch touchscreen, with clear and easily-navigated graphics (there is also a rotary control). The system is upgradeable with a thumping audio system at its heart; it also features sat-nav (for TS and Titanium) and reversing camera is standard across the range.

    The screen controls the Territory's audio system, with iPod, USB and Bluetooth connectivity along with telephone and climate controls. There are also wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.

    The TS features 18-inch alloys, reversing camera, fog lights, dual-zone climate control, premium audio and seating for seven.
  • Storage: What the Territory lacks in overall length, it makes up in height with 1153 litres of storage capacity with the jump-seats folded flat.

    There is also a lockable drawer under the driver’s seat, handbag and umbrella recesses and the usual assortment of cupholders.

    Access to the boot through the clever split-lift rear hatch is good; groceries and school bags can be dropped through the glass opening, or the whole hatch lifted for larger items. (Some women may find the whole hatch a little heavy though.)

    The big story though is the Territory’s towing capacity: with the towing pack it can haul over 2700kg (braked). That’s enough for a very big boat, horse float or mini-excavator.

ON THE ROAD:

  • Driveability: The TS AWD 2.7 litre diesel is a very accomplished drive. It’s swift; with 140kW and 440Nm of torque underfoot (peak torque available from 1900rpm through to 2500rpm), and mated to Ford's ZF-based 6R80 six-speed auto, it powers the Territory along effortlessly.

    In ‘sport’ mode, if left to its own devices (it can also be paddled manually), gear changes arrive later when accelerating, and it changes down earlier into corners. It’s one of the better transmissions in the sector.

    Steering, electrically assisted (‘borrowed’ from the US-market Mustang and tuned for Australian roads), provides good feel and precision.
  • Refinement: For refinement and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), Ford Australia engineers benchmarked the new Territory against BMW’s X5 (among others) – and it shows.

    At the wheel, the Territory’s V6 diesel betters the X5 for smoothness. It is all-but invisible as a diesel; there is the barest, barest hint of clatter at idle and, on the road, a smooth and satisfying groan.

    Otherwise, tyre roar and wind-noise has been tuned out; only the lower frequencies intrude on coarse chip surfaces. For cabin ‘quietness’, it has its nearest competition absolutely whipped.
  • Suspension: The Territory’s suspension, always its strong point, is superbly tuned front to back.

    It is also correctly damped for the varying surfaces of Australian roads; it is compliant without wallow, and with a long-travel feel that has all wheels ‘tracking’ the contours of the road. The result is that, at the wheel and for occupants, it provides the classy isolated ride of a much more expensive car.

    And on gravel and over corrugations, you would barely notice the change in the surface. Full marks to Ford Australia engineering here.
  • Braking: With vented discs and twin-piston calliper up front, single piston at the rear, and with a nicely balanced and progressive pedal feel, the Territory’s braking performance is strong and fade-free.

SAFETY:

  • ANCAP rating: 5-Star
  • Safety features: Standard across the new Territory range is dynamic stability control with roll-over mitigation, traction control, emergency brake assist, driver and front passenger airbags, side curtain airbags (for front and second row) and driver's knee airbag.

HOW IT COMPARES | VALUE FOR MONEY:

  • Holden Captiva 7 CX Wagon ($39,490) - Like the Kluger, the much cheaper Captiva is no match on road for the Territory and it has no answer to the Territory’s brilliant Duratorq diesel. It also lacks the solid, robust feel and sense of security of the Territory. (see Captiva reviews)
  • BMW X5 3.0DT ($92,100) - Really? A competitor? Well yes, for suspension compliance and feel, the new Territory is at least a match for the X5 over Australian country roads.

    And the Territory is quieter; its diesel smoother and better isolated. Where the X5 blitzes is in interior trim and feel, it’s very classy. (see X5 reviews)

    Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL:

For on-road dynamics and comfort at the wheel, there is daylight between the new Territory and its nearest rivals for your dollars, the Captiva and Kluger.

Add in a vastly superior diesel engine, and the new Territory is the standout performer in the segment.

Family wagons for middle Australia don’t get any better.

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  • MotorMouth says,
    4 years ago
    2 likes
    I cannot believe Ford are not offering an AWD petrol version of this machine. The disiesel might be good but Falcon's in-line six is streets ahead of any of it's competitor's petrol units. The disiesel only has slightly more torque and way less power, I don't see the point when Ford's LPi is only months away.
  • baji says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    How does the new Territory compare with the Mazda CX9? I know the CX9 is strictly petrol only, but in terms of competition, I think the CX9 is the closest to the territory in terms of price and performance and handling.
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    Martin1491 says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Personally, I'd still prefer the Sorento. The styling is bland all around on this except the front where it's too over the top for my liking with that big mouth of a grille; it's why I don't like the look of most new Ford's. The interior although of good quality materials, it's design looks tired. Also, possibly the ugliest steering wheel I've seen for a while. I want to like Ford's, because I do know they are good cars. But the interior and exterior designs always flop for me, a pity.
  • mikhailovitch says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Sounds like a great car, to drive. However, I've just had the chance to see one in the flesh. The body shape in general is a small step backwards from the old model, it's lost a bit of focus and cohesiveness. And the new nose is truly bad, it looks like it's been taken from a completely different body and just stuck on. It's not so much that it's bad in itself, it's just that it bears no relationship to the body or trim of the rest of the car.
    The old body definitely needed an update, it looked a bit too Clark Kent these days. But the update needed to bring out a bit of the Superman, not the SuperPimp bling of the nose they've put on it.
    And a word to the wise - hold off buying till next year's Ghia diesel comes out. The 2.7 turbo diesel engine Ford's sourced from LandRover for this year is a very good engine - but the three litre version (bolts straight in) is an absolute cracker!
  • hotel buchen tuerkei says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Hi Tim O'Brien,
    Is the Sat-Nav an option on the Ford Territory TS AWD Diesel? The reason for the ? is that the Ford brochure says "Not available".
  • Pedro says,
    4 years ago
    3 likes
    I am on my second Pajero now. Have seen this new Territory in the flesh and impressed me, would seriously consider this as my next purchase. The diesel should have been fitted to the Territory in the first place how many sales have Ford lost over that time? Would like to see a wider tyre option simliar to BMW, to me it is under tyred.
    Good review hope it lives up to your comments.
  • Nifty Nev says,
    3 years ago
    3 likes
    My son in law has bought the awd 2.7 litre diesel Territory. Highway economy is 9.8 litres/100 hwy cycle no matter how frugally he drives it, he can not seem to do better. It is an ok engine. Ford is not fooling me though. The motor is out of the old Discovery way back in 2004. That’s 7 years ago. Talk about a dinosaur engine. To me it is too sluggish and expensive to run. Why not use the new 3.0 litre V6 out of the Discovery 4. It performs like a V8 with reasonable economy. If you are thinking of buying a diesel Territory go and test drive the 3.0 litre Discovery 4 diesel and you will see exactly what I mean. That motor is available to Ford. Now Ford stop treating your customers as second rate and put a decent diesel motor in the Territory. Until you do it’s a no from me. I am sticking to my 3.0 litre diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee thanks.
    • Vincent says,
      2 years ago
      I bought the Diesel AWD in March 2012. The fuel consumption (combined roads) started with 8.4L/100km to 8.0L to 7.8 L / 100km over 9 months (Autumn through Spring). Nevertheless, the consumption increased from December till now to 8.5L/100km with the same driving behavior under same driver daily. The airconditioner is switched on in Summer. It appears that the fuel consumption is affected by hot weather condition and the use of aircond too.
  • Beth says,
    3 years ago
    10 likes
    I would like to know if the front suspension/ball joint problems inherent in the Territory have been addressed in the new models. From the time we drove our Territory home, I reported to Ford Denmac that there was a clunk when turning corners. This was never fixed by Ford until the warranty had run out and then it cost us $4700 to repair. Ford then reduced this to $3700, which would indicate some form of responsibility I would think. Your comments please.
  • Pam says,
    3 years ago
    4 likes
    We got this approx two months ago and it is a fantastic all round family car. I think it's the best in it's price range, only things I would prefer are the landy disco 4 or the big Volvo both much pricier. Previously had the landy disco 3 which we loved but very pricey to fuel and too expensive this time for us to buy new. This ford has all the comforts, the kids are loving the big screen tv for long trips... As are we! Very comfortable, easy to drive and park, reverse camera works well as does the sat nav, has all the bits for an unbeatable price. Deff can recommend for folks who need the ground clearance of an suv and a cover a bit of gravel or snow or Christchurch's earthquake damaged roads! Great service here too from Avon City Ford. We got the titanium model.
  • Johny says,
    2 years ago
    Do you really think an Australian Ford comparable to an X5? It must be a jokebiggrinsmile: the big Australian car industry.... haha
  • Vincent says,
    2 years ago
    Dear Ford territory TX AWD (April 2011) owners,
    Has anyone encountered some "loose object flipping/vibrating" sound from the left front air vent when the Territory is traveling at 100km/hr. The sound becomes louder with strong wind too. I have approached my dealer but they need at least one to two full day(s0 to verify the problem. There is no problem with the right vent at all. Your sharing is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  • Helena says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    I have the 2011 TS AWD turbo diesel and when I accelerate from a standing position or powering up a hill, it pumps out black smoke. I have been to two Ford dealers who have "checked" it out and both have said that this is standard for this model. How is it that such a new engine can blow so much smoke? It has been serviced regularly so it's not neglect.
  • ian hardman says,
    1 year ago
    hi brought 2013 ts territory cdi love the car test drove out skirts of city all good picked up new car travelling home started to get loud tyre noise 70/80 decibels then onto rough bitumen 80/90 decibels not good then we eventually hit the gravel 90/100 decibels fortera tyres these noise levels are totally unacetable ford tells me the cabin noise is within specs they have not offered to rectify the problem let alone supplied ear plugs the vehicle is undriveable on the roads I have to travel 100 decibels equal to a chain saw ford needs to get its act together and sort this out ASAP NOT HAPPY JAN ian
  • ian hardman says,
    11 months ago
    purchased 2013 ts territory brilliant around city roads start to get out of town on co*** bitumen roads expect 80/90 decibels of cabin noise then hit gravel roads in excess of 90 decibels this what we have to put up with on our trip home/world heath organisation over 80 decibels is damaging your hearing and is a health hazard still trying to get ford engineers to drive on our roads as they claim this vehicle has been tested for Australian conditions---what a load of crap---they all drive around the cities city slickers ford engineers would not have a clue get out of the city and fix the problem very unhappy ian
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