Medium-sized soft-roader: Toyota Kluger v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva

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Medium-sized soft-roader: Toyota v Ford Territory v Holden

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August 10, 2007 (1)

Joshua and the Drive team

Inside review.

Make Ford Territory Series SY Year Badge Description TX AWD Doors 4 5 Transmission Sports Automatic Configuration Description In-line Num 6 Cylinders 6 Build Country Description AUSTRALIA ANCAPRating 4 Car Large Overall Green Rating 2.5 Fuel Type Petrol – Premium ULP Description Four Wheel Warranty KM 100000


It’s almost 10 years the former boss of Ford Geoff Polites, predicted incredible appetite for four-wheel-drives lead to the birth of a new breed of vehicle.

From his years on the floor, the former Sydney car who went on to run the company he represented for so years knew most 4WD really only wanted the and the tall driving position vehicles provide – and a fraction of them ever the vehicle’s off-road potential.

What if there was a vehicle had the size, space and high position of a 4WD but was more car-like to and easier to manoeuvre in the city and

Not long after he took as the boss of Ford Australia, in Polites learned the company’s car and engineers were on the same They were in the early of coming up with a soft-roader that would use components the locally made Falcon Five years later the was born.

It wasn’t an easy Polites had to ask Ford headquarters in for $500 million to fund the at a time when the company was vast sums of money It was a big gamble but it reaped dividends.

In its full year on sale in the Territory became the country’s selling recreational vehicle.

The masterstroke was that Ford the Territory available in two configurations: and four-wheel-drive. Significantly, both looked identical except for a badge on the 4WD models and the rear-drive were $5000 cheaper the 4WD variants, putting them reach of buyers on a budget. rear-drive models account for the of Territory sales.

Polites was not everyone wanted to go off-road.

But he alone with this About the same time as Australia was working on the Territory Toyota, the biggest seller of in Australia for the better part of 40 had come up with a concept of its Incredibly, both brands at similar conclusions despite unaware of what the rival was on across the Pacific.

In 2003 released its interpretation of the soft-roader the Kluger.

Today, vehicles as the Ford Territory and Toyota blend into the traffic as if were always there. But only been around for a little over three

Holden watched this with interest – it was busily working on a soft-roader its Daewoo affiliate in Korea. To it had some Australian flavour, sent its chief designer, Simcoe, to oversee the styling of the new Simcoe, best known as the man who the modern-day Monaro, was ultimately for the shape of Holden’s entrant in the soft-roader market, the Captiva.

late than never, it on sale in October last

Today, one of the pioneers of the class, the Territory, faces its toughest yet as the competition heats up. After a strong result in 2005, sales dropped by 21.7 per in 2006 – and were 7.4 per cent in the first seven of this year compared the same period last

The Territory is still, however, the seller among its mid-sized peers. It outsells the Holden by two-to-one and the Kluger ranks a third. But that may be about to

To guarantee it would get the all-new, Kluger (the United is the only other country the new model is sold), Toyota had to commit to 20,000 sales a If Toyota achieves this on current trends, it will the biggest seller in its class.

an ambitious target given sales peaked at 7655 in However, taking a leaf Ford’s book, the new Kluger is with a choice of two configurations: or all-wheel-drive. The new six-model Kluger is also aggressively priced, so almost certain to make an on the competition.

With all of the above in we thought we’d introduce the new which went on sale week, to its likely rivals. chosen the most popular five-seat models from brand (seven-seat versions of are available).

While their are similar, each of these is significantly different under the the Territory is rear-drive, the Kluger is and the Captiva is all-wheel-drive. Does it a difference? Let’s find

The fact that Ford and recently introduced equipment and/or price cuts to medium-sized soft-roaders demonstrates how buyer preferences are changing in market.

It also shows are preparing themselves for a tough They know Toyota has sales targets with the new so don’t be surprised if you see Holden, and Toyota doing sharp on these vehicles.

If the budget only as far as the Captiva, buyers be disappointed if the car is going to be used for suburban commuting. The engine is compared with its peers but for uses it’s probably It has more standard safety than a Territory, even it is cheaper.

Our only real with the Captiva are that its and reliability are unknown and it will a few years for it to establish a reputation, or bad. And it has a temporary spare and tyre.

The Territory is going to feel the pressure. As the biggest seller, has the most to lose. Recent have improved its appeal and it is the best-handling vehicle among its

The Kluger, however, beats it in arguably more important to It is roomier, has more standard equipment, is quicker and yet more than both its main To top it off, it has Made-in-Japan build a full-sized spare wheel and and cheaper, fixed-price routine

To sum up, the new Kluger is a step above the two contenders in almost every Rarely is an outcome of a comparison so clear-cut. Perhaps the Kluger’s targets aren’t so ambitious all.

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