First drive: 2015 Ford Fusion Ecoboost in the UAE

First drive: 2015 Ford Fusion Ecoboost in the UAE

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The all-new Ford Fusion debuted almost a year ago, and just as it’s catching up with the local car-buying public, Ford suddenly decided to roll in the all-new 2015 Ford Fusion Ecoboost, albeit quietly. So quietly that no one knows it’s here in the UAE. The Fusion Ecoboost had been here two years ago in its prototype stage for some extensive hot-weather testing, when we were offered an exclusive media test-drive that left Editor-in-Chief Mashfique thoroughly impressed. And the final production model that we just drove has only become better.

It was during a casual stroll into the Ford dealership that we saw the Fusion Ecoboost, and asked the dealer for a test-drive. The car we were provided with was the lower one of the two trims available in the Ecoboost range. While largely the same, the upper trim additionally gets a satnav and blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert only.

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The interior and exterior features of the Fusion Ecoboost and the regular Fusion models remain identical, right from the halogen headlamps in this age of HIDs and LEDs, to the advanced industry-first inflatable rear-seat belts. The only couple of things keeping the Ecoboost versions distinct are the Ecoboost badges, and the sporty-looking dual exhaust tips. Quite noteworthy is the strong-performing a/c, which is now comparable to Japanese sedans. The interior is among the quietest in its class, with only a bit of wind noise creeping in at speeds over 120 kph, and a bit of engine noise under full throttle, although refined and muffled well enough to not be disturbing.

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The regular Fusion is among the best handling cars in its segment with commendable ride comfort too, and the Ecoboost is no different, only with more oomph under the hood. Powering the Fusion Ecoboost is a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine mated to a 6-speed tiptronic transmission with paddle-shifters, and netting 240 horsepower and 366 Nm of torque. The turbo lag is minimal, and not evident during casual driving. However on full throttle, the car initially rolls off without drama, but only until the revs hit 2000 rpm and the turbo kicks in with a sudden surge of power, causing much wheel-spin. Our test car did the 0-100 kph dash in about 8 seconds during the scorching noon heat of July, with stability and traction controls left on. Leaving the electronics off should shave off a few milliseconds, while the cooler months should see significantly better results. There is good feedback from the steering and controls, and the braking performance is very linear.

The 2015 Ford Fusion Ecoboost feels like a premium car, drives like a premium car, handles great, rides comfortably, has unparalleled safety features, and with most parts and all services being free until 100,000 km, is undeniably easy on the pocket too. At the time of our visit to the Ford showroom, the car that we tested retailed at Dhs 108,000, which when coupled with the free service and maintenance contract, makes the Ford Fusion Ecoboost a lot of car for the money.

What do you think?



  1. I took a test drive of same last week and liked the car..I am already driving a fusion 2011 model and even then i was appealed to buying this one and almost bought it…

    Only reason I walked away from it was the value that I got for my existing car(that too from ford) although my car is having 120k kms on clock and full service history with dealer, even then the best price al tayer offered me was more than disappointing…

    In short, a good car but dont think u will get even 25% of your money back of u do above 100K kms in 4 years

    • Same happened to me also. The buy back price they offered for my fully agency maintained car was a joke. Even Trading Enterprises-Honda was offering more !!.

    • Fellow Ford owner here. I’m curious what the offered prices were.

    • Never approach Al Tayer for a buy-back. They literally rip you off. Try automall if you are hell bent on selling the car only to a dealer. Else, sell it off yourself. Should fetch you abt 18-24k depending on the trim and condition of the car. The percentage you are losing on the car, would have been easily evened out by the free maintenance contract you would have had, even if it was for 3yrs / 60,000 kms…

    • When i was buying i knew i wont get decent resale, even then i bought it….my comment was only to make other buyers aware that if u plan to buy dont think of resale, although dealer would promise to give u buy back offer when u feel like changing vehicle

  2. Nice engine. Looks good to.

  3. @faisal: i was offered 22….that too only if i m buyin either a new or pre-owned vehicle from them…

  4. I don’t know why the market looks down upon Ford or American cars in general when it comes to purchasing or resale value. In reality American cars are in fact amazingly good in terms of body solidity, safety features, comfort in ride, entertainment, A/C! and engines. FYI, I own a 2012 Fusion and I got to say, what I paid for is WORTH IT!

  5. @Vivek @Mash, how does the Fusion EcoBoost compare to new Mazda 6 in terms of handling?
    I drive a 2006 Mazda 6 and looking to replace it with a car of similar character.

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      Big man says 6 handles better, and I believe him as the 6 is much lighter….Fusion’s limits are fairly high too, but having driven the ’06 Mazda 6, I can safely say that even your old 6 will outhandle the new Fusion…. but power is where the Fusion ecoboost scores over the 6. Test drive both and see what suits your taste.

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