Review: Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012)


Versatile interior. Easy to get in and out of. Reasonably sized load area with no lip. Four-star crash test rating, economical TDCI diesels.

Rear hatch must be opened remotely. Not a looker. Patchy build quality. Doesn't handle as well as a Fiesta. Feels dated.

Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012): At A Glance

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Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4013 mm
Width 1724 mm
Height 1512 mm
Wheelbase 2486 mm

Full specifications

You sit higher than the Fiesta, which makes it a bit easier to get in and out of.

The main benefit over the Fiesta is a flat folding rear seat, flat load deck and lipless, station wagon-like rear sill.

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What's the Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012) like to drive?

Fusions never really took off in the UK, despite their slightly higher driving position and their huge rear loadspace with flat low-loading sill. A peculiar omission is no grab handle over the front passenger seat, which isn't going to help the elderly and infirm make entry and exit. But for a small, tall car the Zetec S version handles decently enough. A bit better than a Mitsubishi Colt or the class-leading Honda Jazz, though no better than its stablemate Mazda 2. And the EU IV 92PS diesel gives it a decent combination of performance and economy just over the magic 120g/km CO2, without a DPF.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 44 mpg 14.0 s 154 g/km
1.4 Durashift 46 mpg 15.3 s 149 g/km
1.4 TDCi 63 mpg 16.1 s 120 g/km
1.6 37–43 mpg 11.1–13.1 s 157–179 g/km
1.6 TDCi 63 mpg 12.9 s 119 g/km

Real MPG average for a Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012)

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Average performance


Real MPG

27–69 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Ford Fusion (2002 – 2012)?

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I heard two loud bangs in the rear of my 2005 Ford Fusion and now it keeps losing power - what could this be?

I own a 2005 Ford Fusion 1.4 manual petrol. It keeps losing power in second gear, accompanied by a burning smell. I heard two loud bangs in the rear of car as well.
Possibly a stuffed catalytic converter. The ceramic matrix inside it has probably broken up.
Answered by Honest John
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