The Fusion’s no ball of fire, but it’s happy enough in town. Out of town, though, both the 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol engines need working hard, and the smaller unit can struggle, particularly when the car is laden.
Ford Fusion Hatchback ride & handling
The Fusion is based on the previous-generation Fiesta, but it isn’t as good to drive as that model, let alone the current one. Admittedly, it still handles better than some superminis and it steers fluently, but the raised ride height means there’s more lean through bends. The ride is irritatingly firm, too.
Ford Fusion Hatchback refinement
Neither of the petrol engines is particularly smooth at high revs, a fact which is exaggerated because they need working so hard. To make matters worse, the Fusion’s cabin is noisy at motorway speeds – you’ll find yourself cranking up the stereo to drown out the excessive wind- and road noise.