Ford Fusion mini MPV (2002 - 2011)
- Practical interior
- Based on Ford Fiesta
- Easy to drive
- Feels dated now
- Expensive to buy
- Ride is uncomfortable
"The Fusion is in desperate need of an update and until it gets one we'd recommend you look for a more modern rival."
The Ford Fusion is based on the old Ford Fiesta so it immediately feels dated as soon as you step into the cabin. It shows in the driving experience too, which is good enough but lacks the sparkle of some more modern cars. The petrol engines are quite slow and not particularly efficient and the interior looks dated and isn't up to Ford's normally high standards. Until the Fusion is replaced, we'd recommend avoiding it and looking at newer models.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Petrol engines demand a large tax bill and drink plenty of fuel
Neither of the engines on offer in the Ford Fusion will be particularly cheap to run. CO2 emissions are high enough to warrant a fairly hefty road tax bill and the fuel economy isn't great either. The smaller engine is capable of 43.5mpg and the larger, 42.8mpg.
Interior & comfort
Ride is too stiff but cabin is spacious
With a larger body than the previous-generation Fiesta on which it's based, the Fusion is more comfortable for rear passengers. However, that car's hard ride meant it wasn't the most comfortable and the Fusion is no different, if not a little bit stiffer. The petrol engines also need to be revved hard before you can make any real progress, increasing the amount of noise in the cabin. Motorway speeds are worse with wind and road noise prominent at the national limit.
Practicality & boot space
Small but practicality is maximised
It may be small, but the Ford has been designed with practicality in mind and manages to cram a lot of space into the cabin. The boot is large enough for everyday needs and can be boosted to over 1000 litres when the rear seats are folded along with the front passenger seat, which also folds flat.
Reliability & safety
Proven track record since 2002 as mostly reliable
On sale since 2002, the Fusion has proved itself to have a pretty spotless reliability record. Most of its more modern rivals will have a five-star Euro NCAP rating for safety but the Fusion makes do with just four. Cabin quality is below par and the design also looks incredibly dated.
Engines, drive & performance
Engines don't offer enough punch, handling is reasonable
Due to be replaced shortly, the Fusion is now only offered with a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre petrol engine. Neither one is particularly quick, with the smaller of the two taking 13.7 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph and the larger 1.6-litre engine taking 11 seconds. Both come fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the four-speed automatic is no longer available. With its increased ride height and tall body, the Fusion isn't the most agile of cars and tends to roll quite a bit in corners.
Price, value for money & options
All models well equipped but price is still quite high
Buying from new, there are only two trim levels available on the Ford Fusion – Zetec and Titanium. You'll find a long list of equipment on both though, including a quick-clearing heated windscreen, electric windows, air-con and Bluetooth connectivity. If you do go for Titanium trim level, you get a sportier look, including tinted windows, larger alloy wheels and automatic lights and wipers included.
What the others say
There are plus points, but you can’t help comparing the Fusion to the Fiesta: and, then, you have to conclude that it doesn’t give much extra practicality or drive as well
As it's based on the excellent Fiesta, the Fusion is very similar to drive with safe and predictable handling. It does however feel more top heavy and isn't as nimble on twisting roads.
On the move in town, the Fusion proves to be a mixed bag - the raised ride height means that speed bumps should be easy to negotiate, but a firm ride compromises comfort. That said, it handles tidily enough.
Last updated: 23 Aug 2013