A guide to Ford cars in Australia

Ford is arguably the most well-known brand in the motoring world, but how well do you know its cars? After a century of perfecting personal vehicles, Ford today has a massive range of cars, SUVs and utes on offer in Australia. In this review, Canstar Blue walks you through the whole range of Ford vehicles that are available in Australia, discussing features, price, and whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

Ford Fiesta

ford-fiestaThere are four models of Ford Fiesta – Ambiente, Trend, Sport and ST. The Ambiente and Trend models are pretty similar with only a few different features between them. The Ford Fiesta Sport takes things up to the next level, boasting an award-winning efficient EcoBoost engine, as well as a slew of standard and optional smart features.

Top of the Ford Fiesta line, however, is the ST, which introduces even more great features, as well as a considerably more powerful 6-speed 1.6L engine. We’ve listed a few more key points about the Ford Fiesta range in the table below, though keep in mind that this list really only scratches the surface of what these vehicles have to offer.

Ford Fiesta key features

Fiesta Ambiente Fiesta Trend Fiesta Sport Fiesta ST
Engine & Transmission
  • 1.5L petrol engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
Same engine specs as Ford Ambiente
  • 1.0L EcoBoost engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • 1.6 GTDi 4-cylinder EcoBoost
  • 6-speed manual transmission
Key Features
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • EcoMode
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Trip computer
  • Ford SYNC
  • Hill launch assist
  • MyKey
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • 15″ x 6″ alloy wheels
  • Front fog lamps
  • Seat storage compartment
All Trend features, plus/or:

  • 16″ x 6″ alloy wheels
  • Sports tuned suspension
  • Ambient seat lighting
  • Partial leather sport seats inserts
  • Sony audio system with 4.2″ display
  • Rear park sensors (opt)
  • Rain sensing wipers (opt)
All standard Sport features, plus/or:

  • Automatic headlamps
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front fog lamps
  • Smart key with ‘Ford Power’ starter
  • Reverse Camera
  • Satellite Navigation

Ford Fiesta price

Ford Fiesta vehicles are quite affordable, with even the most expensive of the line, the Ford Fiesta ST only costing a modest $24k. The cheapest in the range is the Ambiente, costing $14,000 to $16,000, while the Trend and Sport are a touch more expensive, about $17k and $20k respectively.

Ford Focus

ford-focusThere are in total five models of Ford Focus, with some being offered as either hatch or sedan. So whether you’re looking for a family car or something with a bit more grunt, there’s probably a Ford Focus for you.

The Focus range includes the Trend, Sport, Titanium, ST and RS. While they’re all part of the same range, some of these vehicles are poles apart in their differences. For example, as you will soon see, the Ford Focus Trend is a fairly standard vehicle, while the Ford Focus RS has twice the engine power and more features than what you might think possible.

Ford Focus Trend

Body: Hatch or Sedan

Engine: 1.5L GTDi EcoBoost

Key features: 

  • Climate control
  • Cruise
  • Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering whee
  • Trip computer
  • Ford SYNC 3 connectivity system
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Fog lights

Approx. price: $27,000 – $29,000

Ford Focus Sport

Body: Hatch

Engine: Same as Ford Focus Trend

Key features:

All Trend features, plus/or

  • Sport suspension
  • Follow me home lighting
  • Power mirrors
  • Ambient lighting
  • Rain-sensing wipers

Approx. price: $28,000 – $31,000

Ford Focus Titanium

Body: Hatch or Sedan

Engine: Same as Ford Focus Trend

Key features:

All Sport features, plus/or

  • Power seat adjustment
  • 18″ alloy wheels
  • Active city stop
  • Blind spot information system with Rear cross traffic alert
  • Enhanced active park assist
  • Front parking sensors

Approx. price: $34,000 – $37,000

Ford Focus ST

Body: Hatch

Engine: 2.0L GTDi 4-cylinder EcoBoost

Key features

  • 8″ Color touchscreen
  • Ford SYNC 2 voice activated connectivity system
  • Ford SYNC 3 connectivity system
  • Bi-Xenon HID headlights with adaptive front-lighting system
  • Dual centre exhaust
  • Hill launch assist
  • Immobiliser – passive anti-theft system
  • MyKey
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Thatcham alarm – volume & intrusion sensing & perimeter
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Approx. price: $42,000 – $44,000

Ford Focus RS

Body: Hatch

Engine: EcoBoost 2.3L GTDi 4-cylinder petrol engine

Key features:

  • All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with Launch Control
  • Adjustable dampers
  • Brembo 4 pot ventilated front disc brakes
  • Driver Selectable Sport Suspension
  • Selectable Drive Modes
  • Keyless entry with push button start
  • Daytime running lights (LED)
  • Dual RS sports exhaust
  • Headlights – Bi-Xenon headlights with adaptive front-lighting system
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Immobiliser – passive anti-theft system
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Thatcham alarm – volume & intrusion sensing & perimeter
  • Torque Vectoring Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Approx. price:  $56,000 – $58,000

Ford Mondeoford-mondeo

The Ford Mondeo has the look of a luxury car without the price tag. It comes as either a hatch or wagon and includes a whole host of features to complement its sleek design. Once again there are a few different models in the Mondeo range – the Ambient, Trend and Titanium.

Mondeo Ambiente Mondeo Trend Mondeo Titanium
Engine & Transmission
  • 2.0L GTDi EcoBoost or 2.0L TDCi Diesel
  • 6-Speed SelectShift transmission
Same engine as Ford Ambiente Same engine  as Ford Ambiente
Key features
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • 16″ Alloy Wheels (Hatch)
  • 17″ Alloy Wheels (Wagon)
  • Projector Headlamps
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear LED Tail lamps
  • Privacy Glass
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Follow-me-home-lighting
  • Ford MyKey
  • Rear View Camera
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • 17” Alloy Wheels
  • Puddle Lamps
  • Auto Fold Exterior Mirrors
  • Keyless Entry with Push Button Start
  • Driver Seat Memory
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Active City Stop
  • Pre-Collision Assist with
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Driver Impairment Monitor
All Trend features, plus/or:

  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Panoramic roof – Hatch
  • Panoramic roof – Wagon
  • Headlamp Jetwash with Fluid Level Sensor
  • Adaptive Suspension
  • Adaptive LED Headlamps
  • Signature lighting

Ford Mondeo price

The Ford Mondeo Ambiente costs about $30,000 to $33,000. The Ford Mondeo Trend is a bit more expensive at about $38,000. Top of the line is the Mondeo Titanium, which will set you back about $42,000.

Ford Falconford-falcon

If Power is important to you, then it’s hard to look past Ford’s famous Falcon range. There are three standard models of ford falcon. The first is simply called the ‘Falcon’, while the other two are the Falcon G-Series and Falcon XR. Here is a brief rundown of what these offer.

Falcon Falcon G-Series Falcon XR
Engine & Transmission
  • 4.0L I6 PETROL (195kW)
  • 6-Speed automatic transmission
  • 4.0L I6 PETROL  or 270kW/533Nm turbocharged engine
  • 6-Speed automatic transmission
  • 5.0 litre, 335kW supercharged DOHC V8
  • 6-Speed automatic transmission
Key features
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reverse camera
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Sync 2 connectivity system
All Falcon Features, plus/or:

Offered as either a sedan or ute

  • Premium audio system
  • Dual-zone climate control*
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Front fog lamps
  • Front scuff plates
  • Perimeter alarm
  • All Falcon Features, plus/or:
  • Front fog lamps
  • Prestige audio system
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Daytime running lights

There is also a limited edition Ford Falcon called the XR Sprint. This is a collector’s luxury vehicle and there are only a few hundred being offered in Australia. Further information on price and features is fairly limited online, so contact your Ford dealer if you’re interested in the Ford Focus XR Sprint.

Ford Falcon price

Ford Falcon prices start of relatively inexpensive, with the standard model costing about $30,000, while the G-Series vehicles will set you back a reasonable amount more ($38,000). The Falcon XR (excluding Sprint) is the most expensive, usually costing between $45,000 and $50,000.

Ford EcoSportford-ecosport

This is Ford’s smallest SUV, making it a great choice for those in the market for an urban vehicle. While these cars are admittedly not as beefed up as other Ford vehicles in terms of features, the EcoSport easily makes for it with its emphasis on safety, fuel efficiency and city-driving practicality. The four models of Ford EcoSport are the Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Shadow.

Ambiente Trend Titanium Shadow
Engine & Transmission
  • 1.5L Petrol
  • 5-speed manual or 6-speed PowerShift transmission

 

  • 92kW EcoBoost Petrol
  • 5-speed manual transmissionor 6-speed Powershift transmission
  • 1.5L Petrol
  • 6-speed PowerShift (incl. Sport mode)
Same engine specs as Ambiente
Features
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Rear fog lamp
  • 5 seat capacity
  • Rear swing gate with chrome handle
  • Power side mirrors with blind spot mirror
  • Cruise control
  • Trip Computer
  • Follow-me-home headlamp lighting
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Bluetooth hands-free
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • Cooler in glove box
  • Manual adjustable lumbar support
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front fog lamps with bezel
  • Front and upper radiator grille
All Trend features, plus/or:

  • Automatic headlamps
  • Smart keyless entry with
  • Push button start/stop
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • EcoSport Shadow Styling (black grille, fog lamps, cross bar, headlights, wheels, mirror covers)
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
  • Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start /Stop

Ford Ecosport price

As far as new SUVs go, the Ecosport seems fairly affordable. The most basic of the Ecosport range, the Ambiente, goes for about $24,000 while the Ecosport Shadow prices a bit higher at about $28,000. The Ford Ecosport Trend and Titanium vehicles are the most expensive in this range, with the Trend costing about $32,000, and the Titanium anywhere between $36,000 and $38,000.

Ford Escapeford-escape

Despite what the name might suggest, the Ford Escape isn’t much off an off-roader. Rather, this mid-size SUV is built for urban driving, with its stylish design and suite of intelligent features. Whether you’re looking for a comfortable family car, or you just want to look good driving around town, the Ford Escape is certainly a safe bet.

Escape Ambiente Escape Trend Escape Titanium
Engine & Transmission
  • 1.5 Litre EcoBoost GTDi petrol engine
  • 6-speed auto or man transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • 1.5 Litre EcoBoost GTDi petrol engine or 2.0 Litre EcoBoost GTDi petrol engine
  • 6-speed auto or man transmission

 

  • 2.0 Litre Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel engine or 2.0 Litre EcoBoost  GTDi petrol engine
  • SelectShift 6-Speed
Key features
  • Rear view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control with Adjustable
  • Speed Limiter
  • Emergency Assistance
  • MyKey
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • SYNC3 connectivity system
  • Satellite navigation system
  • 8″ capacitive touch screen
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • Automatic On/Off headlamps
  • ‘Follow-Me-Home’ lighting
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keeping Aid with
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic high beam
  • Driver Impairment Monitor
All Trend features, plus/or:

  • Heated seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Smart keyless entry
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Ford Escape price

Just like with the other models we’ve listed, the Ambiente is the most affordable. The Escape Ambiente costs about $30,000 to $32,000, while the Ford Escape Trend costs anywhere from $34,000 to $38,000. The Escape Titanium is the most expensive, pricing close to $50,000.

Ford Kugaford-kuga

Marketed as kid-ready, this mid-size SUV has a spacious design, a plethora of cutting-edge features, smart AWD, as well as the choice of a powerful 2L diesel engine or Ford’s efficient EcoBoost petrol engine. The standard features vary across the Ambiente, Trend and Titanium Ford Kuga models.

Kuga Ambiente Kuga Trend Kuga Titanium
Engine & Transmission
  • EcoBoost 4-cylinder petrol engine
  • 6-speed manual or automatic transmission with engine auto stop-start
  • FWD and AWD
  • 2.0L TDCi 4-cylinder diesel engine or 178kW GTDi EcoBoost 4-cylinder petrol engine
  • 6-speed manual or automatic transmission
Same engine specs as Kuga Trend
Key features
  • Dual Zone automatic climate control
  • Push button start/stop
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reverse Camera
  • SatNav with Voice Control
  • 8″ colour touchscreen^
  • Sync 2 info system
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • Electrochromatic rear vision mirror
  • Automatic headlamps with ‘Follow-Me-Home’ lighting
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Active City Stop
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Lane Keeping Aid
  • Automatic High Beam
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Smart keyless entry
All Trend features, plus/or:

  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Power folding (on locking) mirrors with approach light
  • LED day time running lamps
  • Rear LED tail lamps
  • Heated seats
  • Ambient lighting

Ford Kuga price

The basic Ford Kuga Ambiente usually costs around $31,000 to $33,000. The trend will set you back closer to the $36,000 mark, while the Ford Kuga Titanium is once again the most expensive, costing about $39,000 to $40,000 brand new.

Ford Territory

ford-territoryThe Ford Territory combines the features and safety of a family car, with the power and capability of an off-roader. Ford has named its territory models differently to most of its other vehicles: The TX, TS and Titanium.

The Ford Territory caters to all kinds of needs. It is offered as either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and customers are given the option of five or seven seats for the TS and Titanium vehicles.

Territory TX Territory TS Territory Titanium
Engine & Transmission
  • 4.0L DOHC DI-VCT I6 Petrol engine (RWD only) or  2.7L V6 Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift
Same engine specs as Territory TX Same engine specs as Territory TX
Key features
  • Single-zone automatic
  • Climate control
  • Satellite Navigation with TMC
  • Bluetooth mobile phone integration
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Reverse camera
  • Front parking sensors
  • WiFi feature
  • 30 Storage compartments
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Cruise control
All TX features, plus/or:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Premium audio single slot CD
  • System with 150 watt amplifier
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Front fog lamps with chrome Inner bezel
  • Side Mirrors with turn lamps
  • Rear and front alloy scuff plates
  • Rear overhead DVD System with
  • 10.2″ screen^
  • Leather accented seats
  • Rain sensing wipers

 

Ford Territory price

The price of a Ford Territory vehicle starts with its TX model for about $41,000. The TS costs marginally more, about $44,000. The Ford Territory Titanium is once again the most expensive of the range, with an expected cost of between $48,000 and $50,000.

Ford Everest

ford-everestFord labels this car as its most capable SUV, suitable for handling almost any terrain thrown its way. It backs this up with a powerful 3.2L TDCi Duraotorq Diesel engine, 3 tonne towing capacity, and four-wheel drive handling. Of course, Ford is never one to cut corners in terms of style and features. The three models (Ambiente, Trend & Titanium) boast a myriad of features for a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.

Everest Ambiente Everest Trend Everest Titanium
Engine & Drive
  • 3.2L, 147kW, TDCi Duraotorq Diesel engine
  • Fuel economy 8.5L/100km
  • 4WD
Same engine specs as Everest Ambiente

  • Offered in both 4WD & RWD
Same engine specs as Everest Trend
Key features
  • Electronic Locking Rear Differential
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Cruise Control
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • SYNC Infotainment System
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera
All Ambiente features, plus/or:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Power Tailgate
  • Power Side Mirrors
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Auto High Beam Control
  • MyKey Control System
  • SYNC 3 Infotainment System with voice control3.
  • 8″ Colour Touchscreen
  • Dual 4.2″ Colour Instrumentation Screens
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
All Trend features, plus/or:

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Panoramic Power Sunroof with Power Blind
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Active Park Assist
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • High Intensity Discharge Headlamps
  • Signature LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Leather Accented Seat Trim

Ford Everest price

The Ford Everest vehicle range is one of the pricier ones on this list, with the cost of the Everest Ambiente starting around $50,000 to $55,000. The Ford Everest Trend takes this up a step to about $60,000, or around $57,000 if you prefer RWD. The Everest is in a league of its own in terms of price, with the average cost coming in around $75,000.

Ford Ranger

ford-rangerThe Ford Ranger isn’t just a ute, it’s a powerful workhorse. It has a 147kW diesel engine in addition to a very impressive braked towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes. But it’s not all work and no play, as the Ford Ranger comes with adjustable 4WD, hill descent control and e-rear differential control to help you get almost anywhere.

There are nine different models of Ford Ranger – two single cab, two super cab, and five double cab. While we’re not going to list each model’s full suite of features, here is a list of some of the most common and appealing:

  • Ford SYNC connectivity system with Emergency Assistance,
  • Bluetooth, hands free phone
  • Cruise control
  • Adjustable Speed Limiter
  • Power windows and mirrors
  • eLocking Rear Differential
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Single zone manual air conditioning
  • Rear View Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors

Ford Ranger price

Like with any ute, the price you pay will depend on the model, cab size, transmission, drive type and any added optional features. The cheapest single cab vehicles in the Ford Ranger line-up will set you back about $28,000 to $30,000. The double cabs are generally the most expensive and can cost up to about $60,000.

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