2008 Ford Falcon XT Wagon Review

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Ford Falcon XT Wagon Review & Road Test

Is this beast of burden a dying breed?

Power, Practicality, Payload, High Beam
Dated Looks, Handling, Four-Speed Auto

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- by Matt Brogan

This isn’t a bad thing, in fact for Ford it’s pretty much a coup d'état with fleet and business buyers now presented with very little choice in matching size, payload, price and running costs anywhere else in the market place.

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To further improve its carrying capacity Falcon offers 60:40 flat fold rear seats, the option of Heavy Duty rear suspension to increase payload from 500 to 560kg and a Limited Slip Differential for better power delivery to the rear wheels, especially in wet weather and/or when towing.

Handling is rather agricultural with a washy front end doing nothing to compliment the stiffly sprung leaf rear. Steering feel, whilst certainly present, becomes rather vague with any real weight on board, and overall isn't what I'd call reassuring, especially with a rear full of snow boards and four blokes en route to Mt Buller. Perhaps the only up side is that so long as you don't over do it cornering is at least capable, though a fast swerve to dodge a kangaroo lead me to wonder how the unprepared might fair. Lucky for them, ESP is now on board.

One thing I did note is that the power window switches and steering wheel controls don't illuminate at night, which is a little tricky at the booze bus. There's a few odds and ends I’d really like to have seen included as standard too like Bluetooth, a cargo cover and roof rails but fortunately these are offered as an option for a bargain price.

Falcon XT shown in 'Ego' prestige (metallic) paint

With enough class and features that a family buyer needn’t feel hard done by, and with the E-Gas model offering better fuel economy dollar for dollar than a small petrol hatch, a big family no longer means a big fuel bill – well worth considering given the state of petrol prices.

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