The Road Ahead : August 2014
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 55 USED CAR REVIEW | MOTORING COMPETITORS MAZDA CX9 2011-2014 Well-built and seven seats. All-wheel-drive and front-drive models. Smooth 3.7-litre V6 a bit heavy on petrol. No diesel. TOYOTA KLUGER 2011-2014 No diesel model, but there are five and seven-seat variants, all with smooth, Lexus-sourced 3.5-litre V6 petrol and either FWD or AWD. HOLDEN CAPTIVA, SERIES II 2011-2014 Plenty of model choice with five and seven-seat versions, front or all-wheel- drive, 2.2 turbo- diesel, 2.4-litre or 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines. IS THIS ONE FOR YOU? The Territory's well-thought-out design, practical versatility and plentiful interior space will appeal to those after a family or lifestyle vehicle that's easy to live with. It's ideal for superbly comfortable and effortless long-distance touring, but equally at home driving around town. Driven sensibly, AWD versions will even surprise for their ability in milder off-road situations. REVIEW JOHN EWING ford sz territory diesel, 2011-2014 WHEN THE TERRITORY was first introduced in 2004, it was something of a revelation in terms of what a mid-sized SUV could offer. Well received by buyers and critics alike, it proved popular. In time, though, the 4.0-litre, six-cylinder's high petrol consumption and the lack of a diesel model hurt sales. But the SZ series released in April 2011 brought fresh, but familiar, looks and comprehensive improvements, including the much overdue turbo- diesel powerplant. The new Duratorq 2.7-litre V6, sourced from Jaguar-Land Rover, was worth the wait. It's a strong performer thanks to a muscular 440Nm of torque, while delivering significantly better fuel economy. It impresses, too, with little in the way of cabin noise to betray its diesel heart. Smoothness and overall refinement more than match the best of European models, thanks to detailed attention by Ford engineers. The entry-level TX, mid-field TS and the premium version, the Titanium, make up the range and all can be had in either rear or all-wheel drive. The excellent ZF six-speed auto is standard across the board. Pews for seven are standard on all bar the TX, where they can be optioned. Thanks to the Territory's local engineering, the ride has been well tuned for excellent occupant comfort over all manner of Australian roads. Steering and handling also rate highly. The interior is well laid out with a look and feel very similar to the Falcon, on which its design is based. Five airbags, including a driver's knee bag, are standard and the Territory scores a five-star ANCAP crash rating. Maximum towing capacity for AWD diesel models is 2700kg, while rear- drive models are 400kg lower. By and large, SZ owners are a fairly happy crew thanks to far fewer problems than with early Territory models. However, a professional pre-purchase inspection is wise. Clunking from the rear could mean rear differential bushes are worn. A software upgrade by a Ford dealer will usually cure mid and high-spec model touch-screens that 'blank' out. Watch for damage under the vehicle from off-road excursions. FUEL FOR THOUGHT The SZ Territory will use between 6.5 litres and 12.0 litres of diesel per 100km, depending largely on model and driving conditions. PRICE RANGE From $32,200 to $55,500, depending on year and model. AUG/SEP 2014 THE ROAD AHEAD USED CARS IMAGES: AUTONEWS AND TOYOTA.
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