Which used Ford Fusion estate should I buy?
There are four engines. The 78bhp 1.4-litre and the 99bhp 1.6-litre petrols need to be worked hard, and the 1.4 can struggle out of town. The diesels are better, with a 67bhp 1.4-litre and an 89bhp 1.6-litre to choose from. Their low-down pull makes them easier for daily use, but they cost more to buy, so don't make much sense financially. For reasons of cost alone, we recommend sticking to the cheapest 1.4 petrol.
In terms of trim, it's probably best to avoid the entry-level 1 model as it's too basic. You'll get anti-lock brakes and central locking, but that's about it. Second-rung 2 models are much better, with air-con, powered front windows, remote central locking and a CD player. 3 models also have alloys and an alarm. Plus models have larger alloys and privacy glass.
The Fusion was face-lifted in 2006. Trims were renamed Style, Style Climate, Zetec, Zetec Climate and Plus, and slightly revised. Remote central locking and a CD player also became standard across the range.