The problem with being early adopters, especially with cars, is that it makes you vulnerable to the initial kinks and glitches that come with a new release. Such an experience can easily slam the brakes on your enthusiasm, leaving you feeling both frustrated and shortchanged over your purchase.
All-new Ford Territory First Drive Review: Will it conquer the Philippine market?
Ford's Territory crossover is getting glowing reviews from initial customers
However, if the car is well-built and lives up to (or even exceeds) your expectations, then the satisfaction of being among the first is magnified exponentially. Three of the Ford Territory's pioneer customers have found more than a few things to rave about on their new SUV.
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The spacious interior is one of the Territory's strengths
Mark Almero, a 29-year old working as a senior internal auditor, prioritizes getting the best value out of any purchase he makes. Not only is Mark among the first batch of customers to take a chance on the Territory, he’s a first-time car owner as well. Mark’s impressions of the Territory will definitely influence his future car decisions years down the line, so he wanted to make sure he was placing his bet on a winner.
“I read reviews, watched vlogs, compared specifications, and even joined car clubs online to really discover my car options,” he said. “When I came across an article about the Ford Territory, it really piqued my interest because it has all the things I want in a car – luxurious interiors, safety and technology features, and the overall great design.”
Mark Almero did plenty of research before deciding on the Territory as his first car
So far, it appears that Mark made the right choice. “I really enjoy using the 360-degree camera, touchscreen infotainment system, the moonroof, and all those little things that make my driving experience more enjoyable and convenient. I didn’t know I needed them until I used them.”
Eldin Reyes, a 43-year-old system administrator and father of two, has a bit more experience behind the wheel, so he knew what he wanted for his family’s next car. “When my wife gave birth to our second son, we agreed that the new car should be more spacious and safer to drive. The Ford Territory is our second car and we basically use it if we want a more comfortable trip.”
The Territory is ideal for Eldin Reyes and his growing brood
While the Territory’s space appealed to the needs of Eldin’s growing family, the vehicle’s convenience features didn’t escape his attention. “We also particularly like the auto brake hold function which proves useful especially when we’re caught in traffic,” he said.
For 32-year-old brand and advertising executive Kahlil Robles, the Territory’s compact form belies the generous interior space as well as the number of features packed into it. Having recently gotten married, he’s planning to start his own family soon, and the Territory arrived in the market at the right time.
Khalil Robles saw the Territory as the perfect excuse to upgrade to a bigger vehicle
“I’ve been driving a sedan for almost a decade now. When I got married, I found the perfect opportunity (and more reasons) to finally invest in a bigger car that will best serve both my needs and my family’s,” he explains. Everything Kahlil needed in an SUV, he found in the Territory.
“Its sleek interiors and body caught my eye at first, but looking closely at its features, especially the 360-degree camera and the panoramic moonroof, I knew right then and there that I had to get it.”
If the stories of Mark, Eldin, and Kahlil are any indication, future Ford Territory owners can look forward to a unique SUV experience.
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Know more about Ford Territory
The Ford Territory is Ford Philippines' latest addition to the local lineup. The Philippine market is the pioneer to receive the brand-new crossover in the Blue Oval's International Market Group (IMG) among a group of about 100 different markets. The all-new Ford Territory model is an outcome of Ford and automaker JMC partnership. For the American carmaker's local lineup, the new crossover will arrive from China and will be situated just above the Ford EcoSport. With that being said, the Ford Territory will go against the types of other compact crossovers in its respective class. The Philippine-spec Ford Territory comes in two variants and will feature a combination of a CVT and a 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost gasoline engine. The Ford Territory is also equipped with several premium features such as a panoramic moonroof, 360-degree-view camera, automatic parking, and a ventilated and powered front seats, among many others.
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, 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.