Used Ford Fusion (2002 - 2012) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013
The Ford Fusion is based on the Fiesta but aims to offer a more practical car with some SUV-like styling. It has taller sides than a Fiesta and a higher set driving position, though this is no lofty 4x4.

3.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

The Ford Fusion safety record centres on a decent four-star Euro NCAP crash test score, helped by the reinforced side impact door beams and rigid body structure. The seats are fitted with anti-submarining ramps, to increase occupant safety by preventing passengers from sliding under their seatbelts in head-on collisions. Side and curtain airbags are optional, and you have to pay extra for ESP.

Security is pretty good and all Fusion models come with remote central locking, deadlocks and an immobiliser, but the Zetec model misses a standard alarm.

4 out of 5


The Ford Fusion reliability record should equal the Fiesta’s, with just occasional warranty niggles. There are reports of the occasional dash or door rattle, but any problems shouldn’t be too severe.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


No problems reported.


No problems reported.