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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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44 reader reviews for Ford Fusion Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v 1 5dr

    Martyn Hilbert , Lancashire . Date: 26/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having previously owned a Focus for three trouble-free years and 60,000 miles, the Fusion which I bought new in 2005 has been a disappointment.

    Paint faults, a rear bumper out of alignment, a new front seat cover are some of the problems.

    The gearbox is not very pleasant in first and second gear. Having been examined at approximately 6000 miles and again at the 12,500 mile service, I have been told there is nothing wrong and 'it will get better as the car gets older'!

    The driver's door glass shattered for no apparent reason on an empty traffic-free M6 motorway at 1am whilst going on holiday, which was replaced at my cost after the local dealer on the Isle of Wight could do nothing except refer me to RAC Auto Windscreens. I find it amazing that a vehicle built by Ford in the 21st Century can have left the factory in this condition.

    Having contacted the Ford customer assist centre in Glasgow, (one of their people accused me of 'nit picking'), I have been told that it is up to my local dealer to rectify any faults. They have refused to reimburse the cost of the broken glass, and have suggested I get a second opinion from another dealer about the gearbox.

    The car has excellent visiblity and a good driving position, but if I buy another new Ford it will be a Focus!

  • 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.

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