Simple yet inviting and comfortable was my first impression of the cabin. The front seats are heated, driver’s seat is 10-way power adjustable and the passenger seat is 6-way power adjustable. Black leather was the choice for the seats and surrounding panels, the moonroof was great at letting in enough natural light to brighten up the dark interior.
Our tester version came equipped with the 8inch center screen with sync3, this system controls everything from your navigation to media with ease. Voice command allows for easy phone dialling, track searching, navigation questions and much more, if that gets to be to confusing or agitating then Ford incorporated mostly all functions into the steering wheel controls to ensure the driver can keep there attention on the road ahead. The drivers cockpit proved to be very informative, displaying crucial information with a push of a button from vehicle settings. drivers assistance features, tire pressures, odometer, fuel average meter and a whole lot more. Ford took a move out of the europeans play book by adding the all new rotary gear selector for space saving, in my opinion it works and makes the centre console much cleaner and cluster free.
Rear passengers had ample leg room and we were able to have two adults fit comfortably in the back. Overall the interior is an upgrade from previous years; controls are located conveniently and easy to use.
When it comes to the EcoBoost Fusion there are three engine sizes available all with turbo chargers, direct injections a twin independent variable cam timing. The sizes are 1.5 liter inline 4 cylinder , 2.0 liter inline 4 cylinder and 2.7 liter V6 engine, our tester was equipped with the 1.5 liter I-4 with auto start-stop technology to help with fuel efficiency.
The engine is married to a automatic 6-speed transmission with paddle shift for an extra added drivers experience. Surprisingly enough this little engine was able to produce a respectable 181 horsepower and 185 ft-lb of torque, this is more that the bigger but naturally aspirated 2.5 liter I-4. This was plenty of oomph to get this beast rolling and rolling quick, the Fusion was also a very smooth ride and handled really well. Steering was responsive and accurate, this was most likely thanks to the electric power- assisted steering (EPAS). This also detects imperfections in the road like road crowns and cross winds and compensates accordingly taking the stress of the driver, this is also known as drift control.
For such a big car with a smaller engine you might first assume that it could be a gas guzzler, however thanks to all the modern technologies the Fusion has a respectable EPA rating of 10 L/100km city, 7.0 L/100km hwy, and 8.7 L/100km combined average.
Ford went above and beyond, redesigning the 2017 Ford Fusion. Its new look is much bolder with a more aggressive stance and sporty look. The Fusion is the biggest car in Fords Fleet however it is not overly big nor is it difficult to drive, the Fusion has a low stance giving the appearance that the car is longer than it is. What ever the case may be, the Fusion is really easy on the eyes. Ford used a brand new grill and their signature LED lights with LED fog lights to make the front end stand out. Our model came equipped with 18inch rims to add to the Fusions flare. The sport and platinum trim levels come with 19inch rims! Overall the 2017 Fusion is more stunning than ever and is meant to stand out amongst its peers.
Loaded with technology to make your driving experience as easy and safe as possible Ford offers a wide range of options such as; Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adjustable speed while in cruise control, lane assist, reverse sensing with reverse camera. The car even helps you parallel or reverse park itself with you controlling only gear selection