Why the Ford Territory is perfect as your first SUV

Updated Oct 20, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Ford’s newest compact offering is big in a lot of ways.

An SUV is a handy vehicle to have when dealing with urban challenges such as potholes and floods, as well as unpaved roads and trails on provincial trips. However, not everyone is comfortable with its blocky design and large exterior dimensions, not to mention the potentially expensive maintenance.   

Territory front

You won't have to look far to get your first (or next) car

For those who prefer to be eased than shoved into the world of SUVs, there’s the new Ford Territory compact crossover. Ford Philippines counts five reasons why its latest four-wheel model is perfect for both upwardly mobile single professionals and families.

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Standout style

The first on a car that gets the potential customer’s attention is the looks, and the Territory doesn’t disappoint. It features a sleek and modern design characterized by bold lines and angles, making it definitely stand out in a sea of competitors.

Ford Territory side

That sleek exterior is sure to turn heads while turning at corners

A panoramic moonroof and LED exterior lighting such as the headlamps, tail lamps, and running lights give it a refined look that makes it right at home in any urban backdrop.

Meanwhile, the roof rails hint at the Territory’s cargo-carrying potential, especially when you spend an active weekend out of town.     

Superb Space and Comfort

Despite its garage-friendly size, the Territory boasts a generous cabin that handles both passengers and cargo with ease. There’s ample space at the rear compartment for groceries and gear, and if you’re looking for more, simply collapse the 60/40 split-fold second-row seats to accommodate bigger loads.

Cargo area

The Territory has generous space behind the rear seats for cargo

The Territory also offers ambience and refinement with perforated leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, 7-color ambient lighting, and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster with Normal, Sport, and Fashion themes to match your mood.

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A Smarter Drive

The Territory isn’t all about looks, it’s got brains to match too. Tech-savvy users who want to stay connected wherever the journey leads to can count on the 10-inch touchscreen head unit with an adjustable quad view, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Wireless charging

No messy cables lying around with wireless charging

Up to eight speakers bathe occupants in aural delights, while four USB ports keep the juice flowing for smartphones and tablets. If strewing cables across the cabin is too much of a hassle, there’s also onboard wireless charging for compatible devices.

Power That Leaves Nothing To Waste

SUVs generally impress with power but tend to be a letdown in terms of efficiency. Not so with the Territory’s 1.5L EcoBoost engine that makes 141 hp and 225 Nm of torque.

Territory engine

The 1.5L EcoBoost engine ​​​​provides power and practicality

This is linked to a continuously variable transmission, which also has a Sport mode if you’re up for more spirited drives. And with lower maintenance costs resulting from a scheduled service interval of just once a year, this powertrain combo lets you have your cake and eat it, too.

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Top-notch safety

SUVs are in a better position than smaller models to protect their occupants, and the Territory offers a range of safety equipment that inspires confidence in every drive.

Six airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, cruise control, and hill launch assist are just some of the standard features on the Territory.

Photo of 2021 Ford Territory's Active Park Assist feature

Ford Co-Pilot360 on the top-spec Titanium offers driver-assist tech like active park assist

The top-spec Titanium trim even has the Ford Co-Pilot360 range of driver-assist technologies such as 360-degree Around View Monitor, Active Park Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind-Spot Information System, and Lane Departure Warning.      

The Ford Territory starts at Php 1,179,000 and is available with a 5-year scheduled service plan (SSP) for the entry-level Trend variant. Whether you’re looking for your first car or hoping to upgrade your ride, get in touch with your nearest Ford dealer today, to stake your claim on your very own Territory.

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Know more about Ford Territory

Ford Territory

<p>The Ford Territory for the Philippine market is a five-seater crossover built from the joint venture between JMC and Ford. It is positioned just above the Ford EcoSport in terms of size, and it uses a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-4 gasoline engine.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are two variants for the Territory in the Philippines. The top-spec trim is the Territory Titanium+, which features active parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and other driver assist features. The second variant is the Territory Trend. This particular trim lacks the aforementioned driving features avialable on the top-spec model, but for the most part it comes standard with the same comfort features.</p>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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