Can You Really Beat A BMW 340i With A Ford Fusion Sport?

What we have here is a classic case of a high-powered non-premium midsize saloon taking on a premium sports sedan.

In the Red, White and Blue corner, we have the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport with its intelligent all-wheel drive system and fancy Pothole Mitigation Technology. It’s also packing a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, sending 325 HP (330 PS) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque down to the wheels with the help of a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Some of you might even recall that back when this car came out, Ford made a point to say that it’s more powerful than a BMW 340i, which costs significantly more.

How much more? Well, the Bimmer starts from $47,900 in the U.S., while the Fusion Sport has a $33,750 price tag. That’s about a $14,000 difference.

Of course, unless the Fusion Sport can put its price tag where its mouth is, it may all be for nothing. So how did it do against the 340i in this series of tests performed by The Fast Lane Car?

Let’s just say that the slightly less powerful BMW 340i was not about to let itself get taken down so easily.

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  • No Cake to Eat Here

    I’ve never viewed the Fusion as a sports sedan, but it’s a good looking automobile. Especially, optioned as shown in the video. However, BMW is a true sports sedan, but for the money I’d buy a different model or another brand.

  • G82FS

    You can if you know how to drive it, he clearly did not. That was a horrible launch for the 0-60 and he did not even have it in sport mode. 6.8 seconds is ridiculous, that is nearly a 5 second car stock. People are running mid 12 1/4 miles with just a tune.

    • KidRed

      BMW will win the 0-60 time all day as it’s underrated power and better gearing. The Ford shifts at 6k rpm! MotorTrend clocked the Ford at 5.3 which is still slower than the Bimmer.

      • G82FS

        While the 6F55 is pretty bad, and the paddle shifters useless, the bmw will not beat the ford every time. Throw a $500 tune on the ford and the bmw will not have a chance against a car that can be purchased for about 20k less.

      • brn

        Yep, still slower than the bimmer, but a lot faster than these guys pulled off.

        My 4000lb, 288hp sedan gets to 60 as quick as these guys did with a lighter and more powerful car.

  • ctk4949

    That YouTube channel sucks ass!! Ive seen them run 0-60 times uphill and up in high elevation.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I seriously doubt it is faster than the BMW, but this channel is still the worst.

    The presenters are incredibly obnoxious, their “track” is a damn joke and the drivers are too. They are high up in Colorado, so elevation has an effect on everything they do.

    SavageGeese is by far the best channel out there now.

  • Rocket

    Seriously? Did anybody expect the mid-size Fusion to be remotely competitive against a compact 3-Series? The Fusion is typical FWD nose-heavy, and a full 9″ longer than the 3’er. In fact, it’s just 2.5″ shorter than the 5-Series. I have no doubt the 540i xDrive would still be faster, but the humiliation factor would be lower. Not that it matters, of course. With a $25k+ price delta, nobody will be cross-shopping a Fusion Sport with a 540i.

    • f1300

      I owned a 4-Coupe and now drive a 540Xi (F30). For what I can say, the “humiliation factor” would have been even worse. But having said this, what less would you expect at that price delta?

      • Rocket

        So you’re suggesting that the larger, heavier 5-Series is a a better track car than the 3 with the same powertrain? That’s a neat trick.

        • f1300

          Ok, when I first saw the vid, I couldn’t watch it with audio on (office). And from what I saw, they used an 340i without Xdrive. They didn’t put the “X” anywhere. Now that I also listened and heared that they used an 340Xi, I’ve got to admit, that I’m unsure about the said factor. The AWD makes a big difference. And the F30s suspension is way better (stable) than in the 3/4 series. While the difference on weight isn’t that big. I dunno…

  • charlie

    The test comes across as biased or rigged for the Bring My Wallet vehicle. After countless posts advising TFL car that the Fusion was in D mode, all they can come up with is excuses, blaming the elevation, or saying that the driver was a professional, which is a sad commentary for professional drivers everywhere when the driver doesn’t properly use all available resources for speed in a timed test.

  • Romanovich

    Test was not the best,
    but they are view on those particular cars, main task was price not performance.
    And yes, all us expect BMW and Audi or Mercedes.
    Ford looks weird in this row.

  • fgclolz

    Of course the Aston Martin Rapide will do better… oh wait!

  • kachuks

    That Ford 6 speed is a little long in the tooth possibly holding back performance.

    • john1168

      Absolutely! The new 9 speed can’t get here soon enough. Maybe next model year but I wouldn’t hold my breath because Lincoln will probably get it first and then Ford will get it a year or two later.

  • SteersUright

    An interesting comparison. Anyone who knows about cars knows this was never a real competition. It would have been very intriguing had Ford let the RS team loose on the Fusion to dial in its handling and also offer a much faster shifting transmission with better mapping. You might have had a BMW-beater for $40k in that case. As it stands, I can’t understand why anyone would want the Fusion when nearly everything in its class drives better at this point (Accord, Camry, Sonata, Optima, Passat, Malibu, etc). Ford needs to up their game in this segment or abandon it and concentrate resources on all making excellent crossovers and SUV’s.

    • john1168

      I agree the Fusion could have been a much better car for really not a whole lot more. But I think Ford held the Fusion back on purpose because if they did make it better then it would have stole a lot of sales from the Lincoln MKZ. I think it’s odd how the MKZ has the Focus RS AWD system and the Fusion (a car that could have been an enthusiasts dream) has a cheap AWD system.

    • brn

      Accord, Camry, Sonata, Optima, Passat, Malibu, etc drive better than the Fusion? I strongly disagree.

      • SteersUright

        And your “opinion” is based on…?? I travel a lot for work and rented them all. I Think the Accord and Passat drove the most impressive in the class.And the several Fusions I rented drove just like the Focus I rented. They were mostly competent, offered some neat infotainment features, and felt a class below the others. To further describe, they simply felt flimsy and cheap. From loose, over assisted steering, to soft, floppy suspension, mushy brakes, the cars did their job but did not make me want to own them. The Accord and Passat, on the other hand, felt far more expensive yet base at somewhere similar to the Fusion. That makes them a no-brainer pick for me, where I shopping for this type of car. Shoot, even the Camry, dull by all measures, came across as extremely comfortable, quiet, better made, and a better value. Especially given the discounting to be had on those.

        • brn

          Also having driven most of those vehicles, my experience differs from yours, a lot.

          Hmmmm.

  • Kagan

    Well 2 sec slower acc so it means that it’s only 1 sec slower in the curves and actually less than that as you have straights after the start too.

  • Bob White

    Not even close…