2019 Ford Endura launch story

Ford New Zealand introduced the Endura last year, even though the vehicle was about to be replaced internationally. But Ford had the opportunity to fill a gap that was empty since the last Ford Territory rolled off the production line in 2016, so we got what was essentially a three year old vehicle. And that was in only one spec, the sporty ST-Line.

But now the new Endura has arrived, giving Ford New Zealand the ability to field a full four model range, priced from NZ$53,490 to NZ$69,990.

The new Endura comes to the market with a massive amount of technological safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping System across the range

The engine is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel producing 140kW and 400Nm of torque. That sounds quite impressive but in practice you need to be quite aggressive with the accelerator pedal to get substantial performance out of the Endura. Possibly related to this, the eight-speed gearbox has a low first gear ratio specifically designed to give the Endura a good initial acceleration.

Rather than a traditional gearlever there’s a rotary knob with a standard DNRP pattern and a button in the centre of the selector that changes the gearbox into sport mode. The drive can also select gears manually via paddles on the steering wheel.

The Endura promises smooth and quiet travel due to the suspension tune and noise cancelling technology. The Endura does ride well, although the sport oriented ST-line sometimes feels too stiff as it shakes over rough tarmac. The noise cancelling and sound deadening measures make the Endura noticeably quieter at speed than any competitors.

the range starts with the two wheel drive Trend at NZ$53,490, and the four wheel drive Trend at NZ$56,490. Then there’s the sporty ST-Line at NZ$64,490, topping out at the top of range Titanium at NZ$69,990.

The entry level Trend models come with Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping System as standard, as well as an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

The Sporty ST-Line adds sports suspension, 20 inch alloys, sports body kit, hands free power tailgate, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and heated and cooled front seats.

The top spec Titanium doesn’t have the sports suspension or body kit of the ST-Line but adds a dual-panel panoramic power glass roof, adaptive Bi-LED headlamps and heated second row seats.

The Endura competes almost directly with the new Holden Acadia, although the Acadia is exclusively petrol powered while the Endura is available only as a diesel. Both vehicles offer plenty of technology, and at the moment I think the Acadia is the better vehicle.

I’m due to live with the Endura for a week on a proper press drive so I may well change my opinion.

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