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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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43 reader reviews for Ford Fusion Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v 2 5dr

    Anne O'Connor , Somerset . Date: 21/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car recently after a lot of debate and discussion.

    It's great for those who have difficulty in getting in and out of the car - you step into it, really.

    The suspension is a bit hard - you do bounce around a bit - but the engine is very quiet. In fact, at traffic lights you think you've stalled!

    The field of vision is really good and wide, too, and after owning a Ford Escort estate, it's very easy to park, too.

    It's a speedy little car, and is so far a joy to have.

  • 1.4 16v 3 Durashift 5dr

    ALan Bridges Date: 08/12/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for nearly 2 years and 14,000 miles so far. Well pleased with its space (both interior and boot). Accessibility into and out of the car are great for people whose mobility is not the best. Handling is firm ( but slightly annoying over rough surfaces) but very safe and secure, and even sporty when you want it to be. Brakes inspire confidence. Aircon & ventilation is excellent.

    The 1.4 engine is a bit on the slow side, but then it is a heavy (and therefore safe) car. My only real gripe ( and its a big one !) is the horrible, horrible, horrible (yes it does deserve 3 "horribles") durashift gearbox. Whatever you do, do anything, even eat broken glass before you buy a car with this 'box. It saps a lot of power, is appalling at gear selection and mine has had a recurring problem of a judder as you pull away from rest, which Ford have been unable ( and not that willing) to fix.

    Without the gearbox I would have given it a 5 star rating. Just buy a manual or proper automatic version. I wish I had.

  • 1.4 TDCi 2 5dr

    janet sutton , cheshire . Date: 22/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My automatic does not like slow-moving traffic and, after two and a half years, I am unable to select a gear.

    I had problems initially and it was reprogrammed but overall I am pleased with its steady performance.

    I do town and motorway driving and find the fuel consumption reasonable. My dealer is most helpful and I would certainly recommend it as a good all-round vehicle.

    The boot space is not great but it does carry a wheelchair. I am considering another one for six months' time when I will have had mine for three years.

  • 1.4 16v 3 Durashift 5dr

    Martin Selway , Hants . Date: 24/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It is now late June 2005; I have owned my Fusion 1.4 Petrol semi-auto for nearly a year and a half and covered 18,000 miles.

    The best thing about this car is its interior space, for a Fiesta-sized car it has Focus space inside it.

    Thoroughly modern with very comfortable seats it starts first time every time and is an easy car to live with.

    Purchased in preference to a Focus because of the lower boot entry height, the tall square boot area is very practical and accommodates my black Labrador and golden retriever.

    It has 3-point belts on all 3-rear seats, which is great for the school run. It has a clutch-less 5-speed gearbox, which is very smooth and returns 38mpg. I am 6'3" tall and can fit comfortably in any of the seats without headroom or legroom issues.

    It is a very versatile little car, daily ferrying me (6'3") and four secondary school children (two are 6') with their bags on the school run. At Christmas it was used to collect and dispose of the tree, split fold rear seats and a folding front passenger seat made space.

    Costs: One warranty claim to replace a faulty rear centre seat belt.

    The first (only) 12 month 13,000 mile service cost £140.

    New front tyres needed at 18,000 miles.

    Noise:

    The engine is quiet and willing and barely noticeable at legal speeds, wind noise is very low

    Tyre roar from the standard Continentals is noticeable at speed

    Overall a very good workhorse with far more road presence than a Fiesta.

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