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Ford SZ Territory TS TDCi (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2011

Drive Ford’s new SZ diesel Territory, and one of the first things that strikes you is how quiet and refined it feels.

Ford engineers have done a great job grafting the 2.7-litre turbo-diesel, familiar to Australian buyers from Jaguar and Land Rover models, into Territory. Clever engineering sees lower NVH levels than those benchmarked during development against premium Euros, including BMW.

The diesel is mated to a standard six-speed auto that offers well chosen ratios and very smooth positive shifts. The engine for its part feels strong and responsive thanks to maximum torque of 440 Nm on offer from suitably low revs. There’s a minimum of turbo lag. The diesel makes easy work of highway passing too.

No one-trick pony, it’s also frugal on fuel. Our rear-drive TS achieved a highway ‘best’ consumption of 6.9 litres/100 km compared to the extra-urban official number of 6.5, and a city average almost identical to the quoted urban figure of 11.3 litres/100 km.

Ride comfort is excellent effectively soaking up most road blemishes, even on country back roads. Steering and handling rate very highly too.

Excellent front seats really go the distance comfort-wise on long trips. Territory’s interior is user-friendly, spacious and offers plenty of practical design features. Over 2600 km in our test vehicle convinced us it’s an ideal travel companion.

Ford SZ Territory TS TDCi 2011

For

Comfort, refinement, performance, handling, fuel economy, practical features, standard seven seats

Against

Diesel more expensive than petrol equivalent, temporary use spare (TS and Titanium)

Key features

Dual front climate control, 18”alloys, 4-way power driver’s seat, reverse camera and park sensors, seven seats, iPod / USB /aux audio inputs, 8” colour touch screen interior command centre, 150W premium audio, Bluetooth, roof rails, front fogs, premium paint (no charge option)

Safety

Dual front / side/curtain / driver’s knee airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), traction and stability control with roll-over mitigation, front seatbelt pre-tensioners

Car Details

Vehicle make Ford
Vehicle model SZ Territory TS TDCi
Vehicle type SUV Over $40,000
Year 2011
Price when new $50,240 (RWD)
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.7-litre V6 common-rail turbo-diesel
Max power 140 kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 440 Nm @ 1900 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 10.1 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 24.8 m
Economy ADR 8.2 litres/100km
Emissions rating
2 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.