• 2017 Ford Fusion Sport vs. 2017 BMW 340i: Can Ford beat BMW? [Video]

    Hot or Not, The souped-up Ford Fusion Sport

    In this episode, TFL’s test driver, Paul Gerrard, takes Ford Fusion Sport with performance summer tires and a BMW 340i xDrive with all-season tires to TFL’s mile-high test track to see which sport sedan wins. On paper, the two cars appear evenly matched. Check out the specs below and let us then check out the video to see what car comes out on top.

    2017 Ford Fusion Sport AWD 2017 BMW 340i xDrive
    Price $41,675 $59,920
    Engine Twin-turbo, 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 Twin-scroll turbo, 3.0-liter inline 6
    Horsepower/Torque 325 hp / 380 lb-ft. torque (when running 93 octane fuel) 320 hp / 330 lb-ft. torque
    Curb weight 3,681 lbs. 3,710 lbs.
    Tires  19-inch summer performance tires 18-inch all-season run-flat tires
    0-60 mph
    (as tested at TFL’s track)
     6.82 seconds 4.8 seconds

     

     

     

     

    To check out the times of each vehicle on our tight and twisting track, watch the video. Hint: Despite the similarities on specs, one car was 3 seconds faster than the other.


    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis is the Marketing Manager for TFLcar. Since 2006, he's found himself in the driver's seat of a more than 200 cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and the occasional watercraft as a longtime writer for Outside Magazine/Outside online and other adventure-oriented media. He's based in Denver and has a love/hate relationship with his 11-year-old minivan.
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    18 thoughts on “2017 Ford Fusion Sport vs. 2017 BMW 340i: Can Ford beat BMW? [Video]

    1. What the heck guys? How in the world did you get your test numbers? Complete garbage! I’m not saying these two cars are comparable, but you certainly screwed up. Your peers all have the Fusion Sport going 0-60 in the low 5s. You got 6.8s. To be exact Motortrend tested the car on 91 octane and got a 5.3s time. Your off by 1.5s. Didn’t even put the car in Sport mode. Sport mode actually effects the trans and the adaptive suspension you mentioned. The BMW should have won the comparison anyways but your comparison is an insult and lacks all credibility. What do you have to say for yourself?

      1. Hello Kevin, Did MotorTrend test the Fusion Sport at 1 mile above sea level with about 17% less air density than at sea level? All vehicles we test are slower at out test track. We alway make several 0-60 mph runs in both directions (with Sport mode, traction control disabled, etc). We always report the best time we got. Your comment lacks credibility because you have not tested any of these vehicles in the real world.

        Andre.

    2. Please check your specs. The Fusion Sport was reported to weight 3,982 lb by many other reviewers. It is absolutely not lighter than a 340i and its portly curb weight is a significant factor for its lower than expected performances. Ford seems to be covering up (online) true curb weight of the Sport model unfortunately as it has vanished from the published specs.

      1. We did check our specs! The curb weights we listed are base model curb weights as reported by the manufacturers. We do not know which other reviewers you are watching, but we are reporting manufacturer specs. It is true that we did not weigh these cars ourselves, and they have numerous options that add weight. Still, the weights of the Ford and BMW are approximately the same.

        Andre.

        1. The car weighs just shy of 4,000 pounds and 0 to 60 at any sea level should be better than that even on 87oct.I own one.Plus your launch method is wrong for this car. Ford’s electronics nanny the car so holding boost for long is actually hurting your launch. Its a tricky car to launch.

    3. So possible factors for the Fusion not performing as we’ve seen elsewhere:
      1. Altitude? I doubt this is it, as turbos are famous for high-altitude performance.
      2. Driver’s process? Doubtful.
      3. Does octane make that big a difference on this EcoBoosted engine?
      4. Is it possible Ford provided “cooked” examples to other publications. As a 55-year-old lifelong (almost) Ford owner, I hope not.

    4. I wont lie, I do not like the result, I see a bone stock FS sport pulling 13.8’s at the local track all the time (but at 270 feet from see level).

      My question Andre, do you have any info about the 2018 FS sport? will it have the 2.7tt 2.0 version?

      thanks

    5. Forget the $41,000 sticker on the Fusion Sport. EVERY example I see on AutoTrader is discounted between $5,000 and $9,000. This may not be the autobahnstormer that the rear-wheel biased BMW is, but in the real world it would cost you $23,000-$28,000 less than the BMW. That is serious money. Put that in your 401k, enjoy your retirement when it comes, and I think the performance difference is a lot easier to swallow.

      1. Great point about price, JimL, thanks for bringing it up. Also, to your point about turbos at altitude: Turbos do help a great deal at altitude, but they still suffer a quantifiable drop in performance drop in the thinner air.

    6. I’m usually someone who takes American cars but not when being compared to BMW quality and performance and knowing when you take the car to the limit canyon carving and what not you’ll trust the leader not the follower which in this case is the ford

    7. Not saying you should have gotten the same time as Motortrend(which I use as an example,there are others that got even better times, not trying to plug). But I am having great difficulty believing the altitude cost the Sport “approx” 1.5s, while it only cost the bimmer, what, 1/10th of a second if that?

    8. C&D has 4.8 for the BMW and 5.1 for the Fusion Sport. They tend to be the quickest of the road testers. To have a .5 second 0-60 advantage go to more 2 seconds seems odd unless the BMW is less affected by altitude. The BMW has a bit quicker 0-60 time than it did in C&D’s test. Very odd.

    9. Bananas in the Fusion tailpipe. My Edge Sport with the same engine is way faster than 6.8 seconds. Did you have diesel in the Fusion?? These performance results have less credibility than VW emissions tests.

    10. difficult to see how the spec Ford is that much slower than the Beemer unless the specs are off, the weight is up, or the launch and steer are not track-worthy.
      i’m disappointed.

      1. Yeah let’s add a car that is nice but the rear end copied the charger and side copied the 4 series BMW and the front was their normal crap front end it is A nice car but come on now it’s a lazy design at best with a stupid name stinger really you chose that name how bout clamidia

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