• Drivetrain punch, refinement and economy; excellent steering, ride and handling; roomy cabin; value
  • Interior looks and feels dated; firmer G6 solves suspension control issues; SUVs are more versatile

OUR RATING
8 / 10



2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review
2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review
2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review

With the Ford Falcon having posted its lowest-ever sales result in 2012, and falling out of the top 20 sales charts by one spot, the new year is a good time to pause, reflect, and ponder again if Australians really are missing out on a good thing.

The four-cylinder turbo Ford Falcon EcoBoost, specifically, has been on sale for almost a full year, yet it has failed to provide the necessary boost to get Falcon flying out of showrooms.

For whatever reason, it’s not for want of ability – let’s quit the suspense, the car is brilliant.

The entry-level Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost retails for $37,325, the same figure as the thirstier, torquier, traditional six-cylinder model. But nobody ever pays full retail for the big sedan from Broadmeadows, and we’ve seen Falcon XT EcoBoost variants with dealer-year stickers reading less than $30K driveaway.

What you’re getting for that price is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 179kW at a low-ish 5500rpm, and 353Nm at a very low 2500rpm. Forget the cylinder count, because the 3.0-litre non-turbo V6 in the Holden Commodore Omega needs 2900rpm showing on the tachometer to deliver just 290Nm. The Holden engine must also push a heavier car – although that will be rectified with the lighter VF generation overhaul in a few months.

Ford hasn’t just dropped two cylinders, however. Adding extra sound-deadening on the firewall means that the turbo-four doesn’t sound weedy and thrashy; it’s quieter than a Commodore V6 or Falcon 4.0-litre six-cylinder, revs harder and sounds nicer than either of them, yet slurps less juice – just to cement its dominance.

2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review
2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review
2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review
2013 Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost Review

While the economy claim for the Ford Falcon EcoBoost is 8.5L/100km combined, compared with 9.9L/100km for the six-cylinder and 8.9L/100km for the Commodore Omega, we saw 10L/100km on test in mixed conditions. Not bad for a car that powers to 100km/h in less than seven seconds, around half a second quicker than Falcon with its heavy six-cylinder, and a full tick of the timepiece before the torque-deprived Holden V6.

But a smaller engine also makes for a lighter engine, and less weight on the Falcon’s nose means the EcoBoost is the best-handling model to ever wear the badge – and that includes the under-damped and heavy FPV models.

The Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost turns into corners with verve, and can really be pushed along on the throttle until the humble GoodYear 16-inch rubber starts to howl. Its steering precision and chassis dynamics are outstanding. There’s no need to plaster an Australian flag tattoo on your arm to say that this Falcon’s dynamics are truly world class, equal or better than the similarly-sized BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, both of which also get turbo fours up front in base form.

Badge snobs will scoff, no doubt, and it’s unfortunate that the clothes the Falcon wears inside and out are more Hard Yakka than Hermes. Even for sub-$30K, the cabin quality is below average, with hard, brittle and often ill-fitting plastics almost everywhere the eye falls.

On the upside, the way the buttons on the centre stack operate – especially with the optional colour touchscreen – is ergonomic perfection. There are a few things that grate, however – the lack of rear headrests, non-illuminated steering wheel buttons, and trip computer buttons obscured by a steering wheel that also doesn’t go high enough for tall drivers.

In terms of wind and road noise, the Falcon XT EcoBoost is far from class leading, a prize which the new Toyota Camry and Aurion own. Refinement is also an area which Holden promises to address with the forthcoming VF Commodore.

But in every other way, from seat comfort (superb), to cabin room (better than any compact SUV), to air conditioning performance (far superior to the Honda CR-V and Peugeot 208 recently tested), and even right down to the inclusion of rear seat air vents – the Volkswagen Tiguan and Renault Koleos are, astonishingly, only two of a dozen compact SUVs that include rear coolers – the Falcon is unbeatable.

Likewise with ride comfort. The Falcon’s standard dampers and sensibly chubby (and cheap to replace) rubber are a reminder of how needlessly complicated ‘premium’ cars have become. The XT EcoBoost rides brilliantly, soothing around town, erasing country road lumps, and only becoming bouncy when pushing hard on undulating roads.

The image problem with the Ford Falcon is down to its association with taxis, its dreadful resale – roughly 35-40 per cent retained after three years, a reflection of how cheap fleet buyers get the car – while the thought of a four-cylinder powering a large car may have troubled some. The FG series is now almost five years old, and feels it with its interior design. Yet it also has at least another 12 to 18 months to serve before a mid-life upgrade, and will also cop a wedge from the undoubtedly much-improved VF Commodore in a few months.

It’s a perfect storm to continue tearing up the Ford Falcon’s once proud popularity, and placing its future in jeopardy. But the fact is the current generation Falcon XT EcoBoost is fast, frugal, roomy, comfortable, with a winning trifecta of superb steering, ride and handling. It’s simply better than any compact SUV and almost every mid-sized sedan.

There’s really no need for blind parochialism to clearly see that.


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  • Save It For The Track

    Unfortunately for the ecoboost Falcon, those that buy compact SUV’s and mid size sedans would not even be looking at it. Mondeo switchgear and stereo etc. in this ecoboost falcon, along with some marketing from Ford would help. However, old world thinking in regard to Australian large cars will likely see the sales decline continue.

    • DoubleBlue

       THAT “decline” your talking about, will equally apply to Commodore also.

      • Norm

        That’s absolutely true and it would be worth CA or whomever analysing how that comes to be  - why the Falcon fares so poorly against the Commodore when it’s every bit it’s equal and then some. The Sportswagon has turned out to be something of a master stroke for Holden.
        As was the Territory for Ford but these days it MUST lose some weight.
        Times have changed. They actually changed a good decade ago and it would seem both GM and Ford misread it. Mitsu went to the wall with their big 6 and still Ford and GM carried on as if the big 6 sedan and performance variants would rule forever.

        As written above: “The car is brilliant…the entry level XT sells for $37,325″

        Hmmm….you can buy a whole lotta car for less than that these days and it will be waaaay more versatile.

        When Nissan built the first X Trail in 2001 I thought they had stumbled across the next “Aussie” car. Hiring one for a trip interstate was a revelation – I didn’t want to give it back – and I came from years of big 6 ownership. A relatively fuel and space efficient – unpretentious and comfy car that was rugged enough.

        Did Ford and GM consider them a niche or a trend back then? Perhaps but too late she cried…

        You have to think that Ford have come up with a bunch of great drivetrain solutions but are still trying to make them the solution to old cars and concepts?

        $5 bucks says the next RAV 4 – if as rumoured is built here – will become the new default Aussie family car.

  • Sumpguard

    A four star review and they can’t shift them .I’ve seen similar praise elsewhere.  The new corolla is proof people don’t care if a dashboard looks dated and dull!

       ” Hello marketing department. Are you there? “

    • Shak

      Marketing should definitely cop a fair share of the blame for falling Falcon sales, but perception is also to blame. Many people whom i speak to, who dont know much abou cars still think the Falcadore’s are thirsty, lumbering, badly built and unreliable cars. The reality is starkly different. Our current Falcon and Commodore are some very impressive large cars for the price. If only people could realise that for most of what they do on a daily basis, a sedan or wagon will do it better than almost any SUV/ 4WD.

      • Gibbut

        and if it was advertised correctly, people wouldnt have the wrong perception!

        • Zaccy16

          exactly, all ford needed to do was do a add showing its handling, engine, and fuel consumption benefits of the eco lpi and ecoboost compared to the rubbish torqueless commodore lpg and 3.0 v6 s**t boxes

          • Asdf

             Majority of buyers aren’t massively keen on higher performance engines or brilliant handling, Crummer V6 offers plenty of torque for normal drivers and reviews indicate handling is on par with Falcoone.
            Ecoboost doesn’t really have fuel consumption benefits, new Mazda6 uses far less fuel and is almost as big. Yes it’s prob slower, but its fast enough for most. RRP is also well down on the Falcoone and it’s better equipped and I suspect far better built. Crapry & 4 cylinder Superb also better on fuel and just as big.
            Normal Falcoone has the usual practicality issues with a sedan body, but Ecoboost is even worse with compromised bootspace/sparetyre omission. Plus LPG been hovering around 79.9c/L for months now in Sydney because its so thirsty at 12.3L100km, it costs more to fuel than a Hybrid Crapry or new Diesel Mazda6.

          • $29896495

            Actually normal eco Falcon isn’t compromised in the boot. They have fold down rear seats all that stuff. I believe an awareness program would fix most of Fords problems. There are people out there who would gladly drop their backside in one if they didn’t have an opposition sales guy dogging it. For example, “Would you really want a four when you can have a six” Or the Euro angle. 

            Falcon isn’t one of my favourites, I think Ford made some fundamental mistakes in design and execution  But it’s by no means bad and as this story and many others say, it does a lot of things very well.

            Awareness is where it’s at, and that sits with the advertising, and the knuckle head who approves it at Ford. Primary advertised price as well. A lot of people will look at that 37K and think they can do better in a different car with out looking further, for cheap deals that might be floating around.

          • Alpha101

            How do you expect to be taken seriously?

          • Golfmother

            Agreed well writen .

          • Michael

            It’s hard to take your comment seriously when you refer to the Falcon, Commodore and Camry as the Falcoone, Crummer, and Crapry.

          • Fairlane

            You don’t know what your talking about,ecoboost is not the lpg model,thats the ecoLPI….

            + Golfmother agrees with you so now you have lost all credibility

      • Rocket

        Unfortunately Falcons and Commodores are seen by many as being too ” working class ” and too ” Aussie”. Just look at the number of people who holiday overseas now compared to 10 years ago. It is all about ” image ” now no matter how good value these cars are. Most ” blokes” drive utes and large 4WD wagons now and the ” girls” drive a hatch or Small SUV. Those who want to flaunt their money buy European ( except VW ) to make their statement.

        In other words the marketing department has their work cut out for them. In the US Chrysler has had a great year using a slogan ” fully imported from Detroit” . How about fully imported from Melbourne??? Probably not.

        • Shak

          Too right. People care much more about how the car will make them look to their mates, rather than what the car actually has to offer for the money. That used to be (and still is) what made the big Aussie sedan so great. People used to actually value a good bargain, now all they value is the bragging value their new SUV will get them.

          • Hgrtg

             No, people wanting a large family car care about what it has to offer the family. Families wanting more than 4 seats immediately look elsewhere (yes there are 5 seats, but no one wants to sit in the center regularly).
            Then there is the poor practicality of the boot in sedans. Families will often want to carry lots of stuff like prams, eskys, kids bikes, sports gear. A wagon body can basically carry double as much stuff as a sedan.

        • Drive

          The problem is association. Falcon = large 5 seater. These days there isn’t a huge difference between the mid and large car segment size-wise. Yet perceptions of mid-sizers include “cheaper” and “more frugal” yet also “roomy”. While these things may or may not be true at all, it is why we have a dying large car market. What makes it worse is there is no Falcon Wagon nor 7 seater. In a market place where even the Dualis can offer 7 seats it is remarkable that the Ford big-knobs only non-commercial solution for the larger family is the Territory. Not everyone wants a big SUV to carry their brood. I for one would seriously consider an ecoboost Falcon Wagon with 7 seats for around $35-$40K. All the hallmarks of a great driving car with efficiency and flexibility. People looking for these vehicles seldom consider resale as they are generally after a long-term proposition.
          Meanwhile the Holden Sportswagon is selling pretty well, despite only 5 seats.

        • Troll No. 56

           I disagree. Toyota’s advertising blitz with the 0% finance and the emphasis on Australian made (with ex-cricket great Glenn McGrath doing the spruiking in the ads) seems to have helped Camry along. How about “Fully imported from Australia”?

        • chook

          Yes , too many things are too aussie for many australians !!! . I personally take pride in what this country has to show the world , and unfortunately im finding the mindset of our people a national disgrace !!… For those out there obsessed with importing everything whether its cars or some other things which are still made here , may many of you hang your heads in shame for the way you scab on your economy and people !!! .

          • al

            what’s there to be proud of? Aussies haven’t invented anything. All technology is imported…

          • $29896495

            Actually that is not true at all. Australians have invented many things, from the Black Box flight recorder to Ute. The problem is successive Australian governments haven’t supported them and they have been sold OS and then brought back.

          • mids are the new large

            Have to agree with huwtm, there’s wifi, desalination tech (sold to Israel), solar tech (sold to Germany) etc. etc.

            Unlike the US, we don’t know how to support / commercialise / market many of the ideas we have properly.

            I don’t know why the ecoboost isn’t being compared to more mid-sizers.  The Mondeo is basically the same size as the Falcon these days, the new Mazda 6 is bigger!

            Mazda 6 auto 0 – 100 in 10.5 seconds, FWD, Falcon in under 7, RWD you tell me which one is a better / sportier drive, and better for families when it comes time to hire a trailer to pick up gear from Bunnings?

    • Gibbut

      they had  a crap add for it they played for a week, no mention of it being cheaper to rego, no mention of better economy, no mention of its power, no mention of its 50/50 weight distribution…..  poor attempt. but hey it was just a response to criticism for them not advertising it…. yet another OH WELL, WE TRIED. 

      • Poison_Eagle

         Spot on, Fords ads are so cringeworthy and off-putting, that if I was in the market the ads would serve as a DETERRENT. The Territory one in particular with ‘ they give me a wave good on ya mate you bought one’ is an insult to people’s intelligence. I wish they would fire the head of marketing, but maybe they can’t yet.
        With better marketing, they could add maybe 250/month sales. with the facelift, maybe another 500 so Falcon could potentially be a 2000/month car again. Would need better cabin, equipment and bolder styling first though.

        Excellent review btw

        • $29896495

          I agree

        • mr boddobalina

          YEah i hate that line also, i laugh everytime i see it – a throwback to old combo drivers giving each other the nod.

          • Poison_Eagle

            You mean Holden Combo? Every time I see one of them now I think of Human Centipede 2.

        • Bill

          Their head of marketing is a Yank. Say no more….

          • Poison_Eagle

            Nah he’s an Aussie, David Katic.

  • Ryan

    Maybe a new XR4 Turbo falcon could boost sales? Get rid of the N/A XR6! Up the wick a bit on the Ecoboost motor and put the XR bodykit on it and add some kit inside, you be a sales success? Price it wright just enough to undercut the sv6 and the Aurion sport model.

    • DanielD

      Performance models are well catered for in the Falcon range. Those who want a Turbo 6 or FPV V8 are very unlikely to change their minds and get the four. The new potential customer base for a performance four Falcon is so small as to be insignificant. Perhaps offer it in XR trim for those who want it as a private buyer, but thats about it.

      A sportswagon Falcon, similar to the Commodore model, but with this four would be a much more viable market I would think. Unfortunately this late in the cars life, it too doesn’t make any economic sense.

    • Rocket

      Yes Ford should give the XR the Ecoboost option but are probably trying to protect the 6 cylinder engine plant from further demise.

      • Zaccy16

        yeah exactly, this is another problem that ford have, if they promote the ecoboosts 4cy turbo more jobs will be lost a the Geelong engine plant that only make the 6 cyl

        • Karl Sass

          Considering the way Ford Aus have been acting in recent years, they’re probably happy to see jobs go in Geelong. They need to get Falcon sales up, even if it’s at the expense of the inline engine. Or even better promote the LPi.

  • James

    Daniel – The new Honda CR-V does have rear seat air vents. It’s not just Renault and VW that have them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregtuck1 Greg Tuck

    My thoughts are Ford are in a holding position now before the 2014 facelift. 

    For 2014 I assume we’ll see carry over doors and roof, with new front and rear styling and an all-new interior that takes a leaf out of the new Fusion/Mondeo book of premium, understated design. Combine that with a 5 year warranty, a well thought out marketing blitz, and some reasonable mechanical upgrades and Falcon sales could triple over night. And why don’t they just shave $7k off the price and stop such heavy discounting? That can’t be good for resale!

  • Gibbut

    ford advertised it for a week with a rubbish add, just to pretend they care.

  • Fairlane

    Shame on Ford for not marketing it properly.

    Shame on the Australian motoring public for not seeing it for what it is.

    Shame on fleet buyers for not buying this but buying a Camry hybrid instead.

    • Kyle

      The new Camry Hybrid has been very well received here too, so I don’t know why there should be any shame dealt in that respect.

      • Fairlane

        Turbo Ford Vs Hybrid Toyota?(cudos for both being Aussie made)

        CA you sould do a comparo,Ecoboost Falcon Vs Commodore Omega Vs Hybrid Camry.

        I know who will come out on top.

        • Kyle

          You still haven’t explained why fleet buyers should be ashamed for allegedly buying the Camry Hybrid instead of the Falcon Ecoboost.

          • Rikstah

            The obvious reason Kyle, the same one that explains why all other auto industry “patriots” got a problem with the camry coming out on top. 

            Toyota isn’t an anglo name/ owned company.

          • DanielD

            Or it could just be that Toyota sedans are rubbish cars to drive, next to a Falcon or Commodore.

            I’ve owned several Japanese cars and several Falcons. Never made the association you did. I’m thinking you have some thinking to do about why you did.

          • Hung Low

            Yep pulling the old race card provides the correct explanation for all of life’s problems……..derr!

          • Fairlane

            That is a pathetic reply.

            The first person to use the race card is usually the racest.

        • Golfmother

          Omega has a wheezy motor , falcoon boring yesterdays car , i would take the camry , but not the cardigan .

          • Poison_Eagle

            A Camry ? Yeah that makes sense. This article must make you pretty flustered, considering your sole mission on here is to rubbish the Falcon.

          • Golfmother

            Funny toxic , we get the same mission from the grave robber on VW blogs .

          • micko

            falcons a boring car?? right an FPV GT R spec would throw you and ya cardigan wearing camry in the back seat. there a quicker car then a golf.

          • Harden up or shut up!

            Because no bogan would be caught dead in a cardigan.

    • Golfmother

      Bonus points for buyers who pass on the old falcoon .

      • Acfsambo7

        I love my Falcon, drives well, comfortable (Syd to Great Ocean Road in one hit basically without discomfort), spacious (especially the old wagon), doesn’t suffer when 5ppl+ gear is added, tow’s well, reliable ((I have had no non wear and tear problems), relatively fuel efficient if driven right (which most people in the real world don’t do and complain about bad fuel economy), good visibility. Would consider an Ecoboost or EcoLPI if I could afford one.

        • Alpha101

          While most people can appreciate your sentiment, don’t expect the local trolls to understand – they aren’t interested in reason, only being purile and getting bites. Better to ignore the ignorant perhaps?

          • Golfmother

            Keep on cruzing or is it cruding , did you get the green one .

        • Golfmother

          Good visibility , what peering under the roof rail , need to lower the seating .

          Any car car do sydney to apollo bay in one hit its not 1960 .

          • Acfsambo7

            When was the last time you drove a Falcon? I wasn’t commenting on the car making the distance (dur), was commenting on the COMFORT driving it, Have driven other cars/been a passenger where a 30 minute drive is too long.

          • micko

            that’s why your camry and golf have too be towed all the time there

      • Harden up or shut up!

        Points? For what? Your approval? No thanks and by the way it’s “Falcon”. Only 6 letters – not that difficult honestly. I think that’s the real reason you bought a Golf……

    • Rikstah

      Shame on Fleet buyers for buying the Camry hybrid? Why? Its built here in Australia…

      • chook

        Yes theyre built here , but only from an international model which was designed  and styled far from here . The design and investment cost with it obviously has little to do with our country . So credit to toyota for providing assembly line jobs here , but thats as far as it goes !!

        • Damian

          You’re being illogical. If Ford provided a credible product which consumers would actually want, the Falcon wouldn’t be in such a precarious position. Whilst the Camry Hybrid may not have the dynamics of the Falcon, it’s much better in almost every other respect. The Ecoboost Falcon was simply a knee-jerk reaction by Ford – a case of ‘too little, too late’.

          Consumers have voted with their wallets rather than blind patriotism. This is the way it should be.

          • Tom

            I’m sorry, but the Camry Hybrid is not much better in every other aspect. I’ll take it you’ve never read the overwhelmingly positive reviews of the Ecoboost Falcon? Consumers of cars in Australia will not buy this car simply because they don’t want to be seen in an Australian built car. If it were a Mercedes it would be a hit. You also say a ‘credible product which consumers actually want.’ Firstly, how can you say that the Falcon is not credible? It’s been on sale here for 50 years and been massively successful. Would it still be here if it weren’t credible? As for what consumers want, these same consumers should have some element of patriotism in their purchase of cars. Every single country in the world that builds their own cars buys their own cars regardless of quality. We were like that not so long ago, yet now, when the quality is significantly higher, we don’t. It’s a disgrace.

          • Golfmother

            Why buy rubbish , what because we have to be patriotic to a foreign owned car maker , get real , history means nothing to gen y .

          • Mac

            Its not illogical !!…Camry buyers blindly buy the next camry because they are too thick to even take a look elsewhere , and to say that the camry is better in almost evry other aspect…..well you must be kidding mate !. The only thing camry has over falcon is a deeper boot capacity due to FWD , but thats a steep price to pay for more bootspace . The next time im in darwin i shall rent a falcon to avoid needing to travel in toyota taxis , and this i also made clear to a couple of cab drivers there at the time .

  • Gibbut

    ford, please dont bother with a lacklustre update. if you wont put your ALL into the next falcon, let it die a dignified death. turn off the life support, stop making it suffer.

    you know you want to kill it.

  • Barry

    The base model xt scrubs up ok these days.Ford had an Engineer from Holand or Germany that came over to head the development of ecoboost Falcon.I have no doubt if this car is successful,Ford will stay in Australia and so the Falcon will also.

    • Golfmother

      Dream on twin banger , gone by 2014 ,old , then again so is the SV6 ute .

      • Barry

        With rolf sales falling,maby ecoboost Falcon will be the star of 2013.

        • Golfmother

          ROFL mk7 will be here shortly , still out selling the dino with the mk6.

          • Brett

            Does that mean your resale value will decline Golfmother? Better be careful mate, you may have bought a taxi.

          • Golfmother

            YES all cars loose value but the falcoon is the biggest looser of all , so beware .

          • Barry

            You don’t like Falcon golfmother.But surley you must acknowledge the high tech European motor.???

          • Golfmother

            I have great respect for the motor barry , its just sitting in a overweight ugly tank , much better proposition is the Mondeo .

          • Matt

            Mondeo and Falcon are almost the same size. I’m also fairly sure that the Mondeo is wider.

          • Golfmother

            AH the toxic budgy pipes in with more floppy style filth , how many names do you have .

          • Jober As A Sudge

            Probably as many names as you have Legnab/Golfmother/Barry the tow truck driver/Stop the boats

          • Poison_Eagle

            Just a logical theory behind your inner torment towards the car . Am I on the money?
            You do spend an abnormal amount of time on a car forum slagging it off, like somebody sick in the head.  BTW having a Disqus account does not automatically give your comments credibility. and Toxic budgie is funny I wear that with pride lol.

          • Poison_Eagle

             fetid sparrow is funny too I’ll grant you that.c

          • Golfmother

            Cheers eagle i love the banter .

          • Poison_Eagle

            I don’t, Probably going to ignore you now, you have the potency of a gummy shark.

      • Harden up or shut up!

        Clearly hypocrite Golfmother knows the future………..

      • Amenta101

         Dude, do your research. There’s gonna be a facelift on 2014. You probably mistaken 2014 for 2016.

      • Mac

        flog mother you need to learn your maths , go back to primary school ……if falcon is gone then its 2016 ,not 2014 just because thats your wish .

  • Rocket

    Part of the problem with the FG Falcon and VE Commodore is that they have remained the same now or will remain the same model for 6 years. Ford and Holden used to pump out new models every 2nd year from the early sixties until the AU and VT. Living in Brisbane I see more Toyota and VW Passats now than Falcons as taxis and also see very few as police cars which means they are losing their fleet image and also sales volume. Resale value will be interesting over the next few years as there will be less to choose from on the second hand market which will actually help their values.

    • Sfgh

       They were not pumping out new models every two years. They were only minor updates. VE & FG have already have minor updates, they just haven’t given them a new designation.

    • Matt

      Very few as Police cars? Surely that’s not true. Almost every police car in Victoria is a Commodore.

  • Golfschwein

    I think its chassis excellence, comfort, performance and suitability for the country aren’t in question. But it’s the little details that people will continue to pick up on, such as the wrong driving position for tall drivers, rubbish finish inside and (among perhaps many other things) Ford’s punishing insistence on not providing  illumination to steering wheel controls. “Big deal”, you might say to the latter. You’d be right on that. It’s such a big deal, that when people drive a car from another maker (another country, too, is the bet), they’ll realise it has all of these things, without necessarily demanding a price premium. They’ll think it’s ‘nice’ and vote with their wallet accordingly.

    And here’s a little story on ‘nice’. When I was in my first year of high school and rather more of an Aussie car fan than I am now, I naively asked my languages teacher, and the owner of a brand new Datsun 180B SSS Coupe in a sparkling metallic emerald green (imagine the crowd it would draw at a Jap Show and Shine day now), why she didn’t buy an Australian car. Her answer startled me. She said, “I’ll buy an Australian car when they learn to finish them off as nicely as other countries do, thank you very much”.

    See? Even back then, with import quotas and high tariffs, people wanted ‘nice’ things. Now, in a virtually free market, many more people have access to ‘nice’. Not appreciating ‘nice’ would simply be undiscerning, and who has the time for that? With the choice abounding now, why go out of your way to buy something that’s not nice? We all know the Falcon is good, but good’s not enough. Selecting a G6 or above probably addresses the ‘nice’ factor in part or full, but the price goes up.

    • Rocket

      Yes if only the Falcon was finished as nicely as a Focus then it would be the bargain of the century. Hopefully the 2014 model will fix that but why do they have to take so long to upgrade a car 5 years old already?

    • Dartt

      Yeah, I’ve always thought that the Australian industry should’ve taken a risk at producing semi-premium cars, for the world market – we certainly have the access to the tech, knowledge and engineering expertise required to pull something like that off.

      • Karl Sass

        Agree. An export focused, volume based affordable alternative to the 3 series. In reality it would never happen because all the other GM brands wouldn’t want the competition and GM certainly wouldn’t allow it to be badged as a Holden. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/gregtuck1 Greg Tuck

        Yep, absolutely. Holden could be starting down this path by sending VF to the states to become the Chevy SS. Low volume, high price, high profit margin, better protected from high A$.

        Ford Australia could easily make a RWD sports focus sedan that could sell in the US and Europe along side Taurus and Mondeo. Very small sales numbers, but profitable. They just need to will to make it happen.

      • Marley

        Agree, something a bit like Cadillac or Lincoln, but obviously with its own unique Australian flare.

    • Labryz

      One of the more balanced response I have seen on this site.

      And one that is absolutely correct.
      At the end of the day most people aren’t overly concerned with driving dynamics. However they are concerned with “nice” things. And interior quality is one of those things that make a good or bad first impression. And it is also the thing you are looking at most when you actually drive your car. SO it’s important to get that right and Ford just hasn’t with the Falcon.

    • Poison_Eagle

       I agree about showroom and cabin presentation. The lack of one touch windows and illumation is a major detractor.

  • Gtrxu1

    This is the first time in 53 years of Falcon that a i6 engine and v8 has another engine option.
    Ecoboost is similar to traditional Falcon where quality of drive is the biggest selling point.Less features then some competitors,but its all about the drive.

    • Dfg

       At what point during the last 53 years was the Falcoones quality of drive been it’s biggest selling point?
      They only just ditched the last of their leaf sprung wagons 3 years ago. The sedans were live axle well into the 1990s whilst other cars like Toyota Cressida had been using independent suspension for decades prior. Then Falcoones had 3 speed autos up untill about 1990 – long after most other large cars. Even today, Falcoones are using puny disc brakes that only work well once or twice, then start fading making falcoone useless for enthusiastic driving. Then there’s the super light, super isolated power steering on all pre 1997 models with some 80s and earlier luxury models have power steering so light you could blow on it and it would steer but gave zero feel in the process. Then there is the pre 2002 Falcoones that only revved to 5500rpm and pre ~1994 Falcoones that had a DIESEL like redline of just 5000rpm.

      Yes, the latest falcoones have made big strides forwards in the quality of drive, but traditionally, the quality of drive has been absolutely dismal.

      • $29896495

        How about you come into the 21st century. OK Ford had a low revving push rod six, that had tons of torque. They also had primitive suspension going from leaf through to coils then control blade. Most other cars still had 3 speed autos with an over drive switch.You can’t compare a Falcon to a Cressida. Two different cars doing different jobs. 

        Falcon has been the only truly Australian car for about forty or so years. 

      • Gtrxu1

        Is that you Phil.I assume you drive a front wheel drive Euro or Asian car.
        let’s start with your stuped statement about redline.The i6 engine is regarded as the best balanced engine around.Meaning it doesn’t need to rev like a whipper snipper to accelerate to cruising speed.Engines that are well balanced with high torque,just cruise.
        Also guess you live in a large city and don’t do a lot of country driving.Maby I’m lucky with the brakes on the Falcons I have driven.A pre1997 power steering box,will have to take your word on that.
        Have restored an Xc Falcon,didn’t have a problem with power steering.Also currently doing a Gtr Torana.
        As for the brillent open road dynamics of rear wheel drive.That’s probably over your head so I will leave that one.Not using Falcon or Commodore as an example.But Mercedes and Bmw who still use rwd.And there customers that pay massive money for that quality rwd drive.

      • Jack

        Its drive was a big selling point from around 1970-77 when it was advertised as ‘The Great Australian Road Car’.  With local engineering of the setups you describe it achieved a ride/handling balance that was judged best in its class.  This was also the first time it took market leadership.  I’ve also read reviews of Cressidas from this time period and seen the unimaginably shocking handling photos, despite the engineering setups…

  • Acfsambo7

    Ford US should use the Falcon chassis for the next gen Mustang. Has IRS, good handeling, can fit a big V8. If Ford US put the same Ecoboost tech from the smaller engines into the I6, imaginge what they could make. They can really wind up the 5.0L V8′s.

    • Golfmother

      Yes and i have fairies in the bottom of my garden too .

      • Karl Sass

        That’s nice. 

      • DanielD

        Yes. 
        Yes I believe you do.

      • Mac

        The mustang is already planned to arrive here in 2 or 3 years … regardless of whatever way they go with the falcon , be it local built or taurus based …..so then that might be your next model in your petty line of fire !!……especially the 5 litre versions …….and given that ford US need an independent rear suspension for the next mustang , the logical choice will be to use the falcons suspension design , …rather than going to design something new from scratch ….. .So you have the fairies play with your intestine when your out in the garden smelling your pretty flowers ??……..

        • $29896495

          New Mustang will be smaller, they’re already testing an independent rear end. Tauras most likely won’t come here. Mondeo/Fusion already fill that spot.

    • $29896495

      see below

  • pixxxels

    The most criminally under-appreciated vehicle on sale today.

    • Golfmother

      SO its a crime not to buy the biggest load of junk on the road , stalin died in 1953 .

      • pixxxels

        Golfy, you’re insane, but we love you anyway.

        • Ingall

          Speak for yourself – I don’t love him. :)

        • Golfmother

          THANKS pixxxx , choof choof .

        • Harden up or shut up!

          Do you love many arrogant, ignorant hypocrites that failed 3rd grade english?

      • Brett

        Golfmother it disturbs me to think you compare our
        country to Stalin. Just as bad as Hitler you know. He killed millions of his
        own people, through starvation and oppression. Clap clap to you my non-friend.
        Oh and my name is Brett, not Rett. I thought Golf drivers were sophisticated,
        educated and did not have qualities such as prejudice as a standard feature.

        • Golfmother

          Golly Rett you are getting excited about your falcoon , and yes some fools believe its unaustralian not to buy the falcoon , they wish this stalinist govt could force us to buy it and support a foreign owned assembler .

          • Brett

            You assume so much Mr Golf. I don’t even own a Falcon.
            Quite an opposite family of make and country of origin. Europe if I’m correct.
            Let’s just say you have a peasant’s car. Importantly, though, I agree that it
            seems foolish to provide government money to a foreign owed company that would
            rather see the Australian arm rot. But always look at the flipside. A lot of
            people, no matter what you may think of them, are employed by such company
            either directly or indirectly.

            .

          • Golfmother

            Yes seen the odd astra in NT realist .

          • Just saying

            Same old comments Golfie. You have a severe inferiority complex. You pose as this, better than everyone type because of the car you drive. Who cares? The Golf is a dime a dozen now. You say you’ve moved on, yet you’re continuously posting childish comments of the cars you hate. You’re no car enthusiast, just a little grub with no life. Then again, you do live in SA.

          • Golfmother

            Dime a dozen just  like the old falcoon , VW are getting there, new converts every day seeing the light and ditching yestedays car .

          • gtrxu1

            Um yesterdays car.Vw don’t even have an alternative fuel platform.

          • Brett

            (In reponse to Golfmother) You do see the odd Astra in the NT, peasant. Good banter. Did you drive your Golf up here, or couldn’t afford the asking price for premium fuel? I’m quite enjoying this my non-friend. You may have another guess.

          • DanielD

            Careful with the Stalin stuff. You know he was a good friend once of the peoples car leader don’t you?

          • Golfmother

            Correct and stalin got tricked , like this stalinist govt .

          • chook

            Yes it is very un australian to despise and degrade something with so much history and heritage in this country . Chances are you would also want us to import everything else we use …….maybe we could import our iron ore from siberia , our vegtables from serbia , our meat from ethiopia and our grain from bangladesh . …..Im sure that would make you very happy !!!

      • DanielD

        Give it um Golfmother. You don’t like the car we get that. Cliches and believe me that is all you are sprouting –  are not informed opinions. 

  • Save It For The Track

    As the sales charts show, most buyers aren’t really overly interested in ‘the drive’.

  • Aleks

    What is going on with the paint on the bumpers these days. It’s not just the falcon, I’ve started noticing it on many cars including euros and it seems to be colour specific. Surely with the amount of money car companies spend on cars they can get the paint to match.

  • peddy.d

    The falcon ecoboost is truly a fantastic car that’s for sure, however what is pulling me back from purchasing one as this article mentions is the car’s association to taxis and the low grade interior

    • 3D4

      That’s what you get when only looking on pictures on internet.. Like all “experts” here do.. Push yourself a little, go outside and see for yourself in a real world..

    • Matt

      The car’s association to taxis should be a good thing for you, it equals long term reliability. Go for it, you’ll be buying Australian, supporting Australian jobs and it’s a sensational car.

    • barry

      peddy taxis do around about 1 million kms.That must tell you Falcon is very durable and reliable.

      • peddy.d

        Guys I went to my local Ford dealer today (alto ford artarmon) to test drive the ecoboost and the EcoLPi falcon but they did not have one in stock. There may have been one 4L petrol XR6 around but that was it, everything else a fiesta or focus

    • $29896495

      Mind explaining to me what constitutes a “low grade” interior?

      • Golfmother

        take a look at the opposition , the falcoon like the crummer is awfull , 10 years behind the competition , no probably 15 years .

        • Hung Low

          Tell us all how your hand bags scratches the soft touch plastics of your Rolf again bungle?

          • Harden up or shut up!

            Hmmmmm……..Selective, hypocritical memory. Normal post from Golfmother.

        • $29896495

          You might be bored with the layout but I think the Falcon is quite reasonable, I was in one last week and the fit and finish were good to excellent, layout was good. I will back you on the seat though, driving position in Falcons has been pretty below average for tall people for a long time. It is a problem they recognised and said they fixed, but didn’t. Apparently it’s runner floor pan issue.

  • Zaccy16

    this is are much better car in every way than the torqueless base commodore and should sell better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiran.sb.3 Kiran SB

    one of the best car reviews ive read in a while

  • Kidding Me

    Has anybody maybe thought that Ford were possibly wrong not to go down the same path as Holden and Toyota with the 0% finance?

    Surely that boosted retail sales for both of those brands.

    The Ford is a brilliant car, I’ve driven it, but unless you can find a dealer who you can screw on price just to move one, there are other brands who have cars in the same $37k range that are better equipped and have capped price servicing.

    The Ford may be a 100x better car than all others out there, but they have nobody but themselves to blame for the 14k sales of the Falcon in 2012.

    Brilliant vehicles; nobody knows they exist!

    • Shak

      Nobody knows they exist, and by the looks of what Ford is doing to protect the Falcon, neither do they. Apparently Ford have forgotten that the Falcon was the backbone of their business downunder.

    • Golfmother-less

      Ford has capped price servicing.

      • Golfmother

        NO ford has no service .

        • Harden up or shut up!

          So all Fords have service.
          A 3rd Grader would understand the implications of double negatives. Hypocritical, ignorant and arrogant. The experiment failed, buying a Golf does not improve your IQ.

      • Kidding Me

        Fair enough. Wasn’t aware of that. Again, no advertising.

        I’m in the market currently for a new car and had no idea that Ford had capped price servicing.

    • chook

      Any company who offers zero percent finance will lose money on that deal ,obviously because the company will need to pay some interest and then loan it to the purchaser for 0% . …… end theyre hoping to recoup the loss against the sale  . I think its all just about getting bragging rights , but no one can offer 0% finance forever .

      • Kidding Me

        I understand that, but it reflects on the sales doesn’t it?

        No doubt Ford, Holden and Toyota have to justify back to their head offices in the USA/Japan why they should be building cars in this country. Why they can be a force going forward. In that case, volume talks.

        Toyota would have done 80-90k I’d assume with their exports, Holden at least 60k with the Cruze and Commodore then another 10-15k I’d think with the police deal in the USA and Ford 14k falcons (not sure how many Territory + 100 to Thailand).

        You can be a manufacturer in this country and make all the money you want, but selling 14k Falcons on the global scale probably isn’t worth Fords time.

        Holden and Toyota obviously want to go beyond the VF and 50 Series, but Ford, to me, look like they have given up and known their fate.

  • Monk

    Falcon is a case study in unfulfilled potential. 

    The I6 (esp turbo) is a brilliantly smooth torquey motor.  The current V8 is a cracker.  The ecoboost is a great response to market demands. 
    The car is nice and big, it rides comfortably and, while it may not have all the frills, it ticks all the ‘need’ boxes.

    Unfortunately it suffers some really fatal flaws. 

    Firstly, Ford are guilty of failing to invest in advertising.  As has been said above, most people have 20yo perceptions for Falcons and/or don’t know anything about them at all.

    Secondly, they have failed to fix the driving position issue despite criticism from day one.  While you do get used to it, I am 6’3″ and it still bugs me from time to time.

    Thirdly, they have failed to give it the fit and finish of some of their Euro-derived offerings, to help with the perception. 

    Reality is, we will see an Aussie icon die off quite soon. Is it because Falcon is a bad car? No. Is it because people crave better fuel efficiency? No. Most of those pointless SUVs are worse on the fuel. The real reason is because Ford left it half baked in a number of critical areas.

    That said – paraphrasing Charleton Heston, they will have to price my XR6T from my cold dead hands!

    • Poison_Eagle

      I think you can get something that lowers the seat height on FG’s somewhere. But  you shouldn’t have to. The FG cabin definately seems more claustrophobic than BA/F, steering wheel doesn’t go nearly high enough, seats too low. My mate who is nearly 7 ft was fine in a BF but sat in a FG and hated it from the get go for this reason. If they addressed this and  added a bit more showroom appeal ( illuminated window switches, auto/up down windows that Focus et have) , that in itself could ad 100 sales a month.

      • Golfmother

        Finally a falcoon lover who admits the driving position is off putting , tell this to robin , if your tall its a nightmare .

        • Poison_Eagle

          So desperate to twist my words, you have no understanding of the car industry. I bet you could never have the maturity to admit Golf’s shortcomings, you get all flustered when the mechanical problems are mentioned. I’m glad slow, pig headed sheeple like you are becoming thinner on the ground.

          • Harden up or shut up!

            Selective, hypocritical memory………….

  • Simon

    I would bet there is a high perceived social and resale value risk from customers with this car. Who remembers the 3.2L six in the EA Falcon? Anybody remember the starfire motor in the VC commodore? Aus consumers are weary of large cars with small motors. Rightly or wrongly it wil take a lot of marketing effort to change that perception.

    Ford themselves have shown a very credible alternative. Put the diesel from the Territory in the Falcon.

    • Mike

      yes a turbo diesel is the way commodore and falcon need to go modern diesels are economical, smooth, fast and quiet. Just look at the 3litre tdi audi a6 0-100 in around 6.5sec and 7l/100km whats not to like about that aus and nz just need to get over the past and realise how good these modern diesels are, v8s will all ways have there place but are now a niche market for those who want one and not a mainstream model and before anyone asks i do own a 450hp ls1 ss 

    • jared

      I remember the “Pacer” EA – it was the only one that didn’t fall to bits !

    • Jones Digger

      The diesel from the Territory is a 3 generation old clunker that used to power 10 yr old freelanders !!!!!
      Old rough and underpowered.

    • Poison_Eagle

      Was the 3.2 in the EA a long stroke motor too? I want to find a 3.2 block to experiment with .

      • Golfmother

        Experiment with gelignite , blow it off the planet , fetid sparrow .

        • Poison_Eagle

          Blow yourself off the planet, Gimpmother.

  • elway

    Whats the point ?  It uses more fuel than a Camry, but its slower than a six cylinder Falcon.

    Why would you buy this instead of a Mondeo ?

    • Dave S

      RWD and better looks and weight distribution.

  • Themenz

    I think Ford will take a very different path with the next model, the whole ONE FORD mantra is to lift Ford products to more premium offering. I wouldn’t mind betting that XT becomes a fleet/government only buy and at a consumer level Falcon only goes for the Sports/Premium. The truth is cars like Focus and Mondeo are bigger then ever, and with the Large car segment essentially being eaten by SUV’s Ford will have to take a more niche approach with Falcon.

    I hope they get the mix right because the Falcon is a great car. I think Australia in an era of unprecedented prosperity Australian have overlooked cars like Falcon not because they are inefficient but because they aren’t cool. It is a shame because there is something very unique about both Falcon and Commodore and when they are gone, I think they will genuinely be missed. 

    Part of the problem is these cars are never really acknowledged for the unique characteristic they offer.  Almost all Australian Motoring Press effectively question the relevance of both Falcon and Commodore, and yet it is clear from the perceived popularity of Merc E class, Audi A6 and BMW 5 series that large sedans are still relevant. It could be argued that that don’t offer the same polish as those cars but when they start at $80K and have enormous development budgets.

    I was driving a G6 recently and it was $35K on road and it was a fantastic car. The ZF six speed is a great gearbox and the inline six is an awesome engine. Smooth and efficient. Sure the car is a bit heavy, but in spite of that it was returning 9.8l/100k. It steered nicely and braked well.

    You sit a little high in it but that is a Ford thing. But seriously in the context of the Australian car market – for $35K it was an amazingly good value car. 

    That said if Ford were to know $5 – $10K off the price tag who knows what might happen.

    I mean imagine you could get a XR8 (bring it back for gods sake) for $40k. Now that would be quite a buy. 

    • Guest

      I quite like your comments. It seems that the Falcon will become a niche product and with the implementation of the One Ford strategy, it is possible that the new Mondeo/Fusion will become Ford Australia’s new flagship model. 

      You are also correct that the price of the Falcon should be reduced and, in my opinion, on par with the likes of the Mazda 6. Despite the fact that the 6 is a mid-sized car, its dimensions reflect those of a large car, one that is nearly as large as the Commodore and Falcon. Therefore, Ford Australia and GM-H need to respond to consumer demands and adjust their product on offer to be more suited to the growing medium car segment. Perhaps the Falcon and Commodore should be adjusted to become mid-sized. Holden once changed the Commodore and upgraded it to a large car in order to cater for demand. Now, it seems, they need to take a step backwards and convert these cars into mid sizers so they can survive. 

  • john

    I have no idea why people would buy this when the ECoLPI is available. More power, torque, performance and lower running costs and a $2000 rebate. Makes the ecoboost redundant 

    • Facts

      Plus 6 cylinder rego instead of 4, dearer servicing costs which offset any economic benefits of LPG. No spare tyre or no boot space.

      • john

         Its a liquid injected system. There is no vapouriser to service. The only serviceable item is a $20 fill filter ($2000 rebate will go a looooooong way), so next to nothing. Rego costs in NSW go on weight, not the number of cylinders!!!!!

      • Karl Sass

        That’s so far from the truth. You’ll save (conservatively) $800 a year in fuel and if you were servicing the car at the dealership the the LPi costs about an extra $40 a year. It’s significantly more economic than the Ecoboost. Although the spare tyre is a fair, if exaggerated, point.

        • gsdfgg

          Wrong Karl, Basic Ecoboost service at Ford is $250 a year and normal 6 is $265. EcoLPi is $360.

          • Karl Sass

            800-110= $690 (conservatively) better off in the LPi.

            Although I’ve got no idea why you’d take a Falcon (or Commodore) back to the dealer to be serviced, any local mechanic can do it and save even more.

    • Sydlocal

      Probably because the idea of having a big family car also includes having a decent sized boot. Something the EcoLPi misses out on when you fit the spare tyre. It is ok not having a spare around town, but the time when you would want a spare (on an interstate trip etc) is the time when you would want the most boot space. Now if you have the full size spare you end up with less boot space than many small hatch backs. Not to mention an awkward shape due to it laying flat on the floor which means small soft bags and not suitcases would be the order of the day. Even with the space saver the boot is severely compromised…

  • HandBrake

    Great write up CA :)

  • Dave S

    The Falcon (/ Commodore ) has it tough. It’s not just that Ford are not marketing the Falcon, it’s that every other manufacturer is marketing their midsize SUV. With claimed ‘car-like handling’, and room for the kids (even though often has less room, narrower and handle poorly).

    4, 6 or 8, it is hard to beat our local cars for value.

    I still believe, no wagon and no V8 are hurting Falcons sales more than they care to admit.

  • Daniel

    To all these comments regarding ford exporting the falcon, forget it, by world standards, falcon is old, heavy and thirsty.Its also too large.It will never meet harsh emissions/safety standards when ford already have designed from the ground up WORLD cars (Mondeo/Fusion,Focus).
    I have had 2 LPG falcon utes over the last 4 years, and while they are great, comfortable vehicles, my company will be looking at other commercial vehicles next changeover which are more heavy duty.
    Its no longer that Aussie built vehicles are the “best”, and only choice, the world has moved on.

    • Daniel

      And may I say a work colleague is in the process of changing over his falcon now,the general disinterest and poor service shown by most (not all) Ford dealers over his trade in may be a reason no one buys them!

  • Legnad

    Might get one of these.Never owned a VW out of warranty.Not about to start now.Mk 6 allmost out of warranty.Still favour the Cruze over the Falcon but.

    • Golfmother

      ROFL , the crude now your really in the gutter , pity the poor dude in SA , what a lemon , his was plagued with faults .

      • Matt

        What about the scores of people who’ve been plagued with faults with their VW’s? In all seriousness, I’m not even speaking from a stupid fanboy perspective like you do. They’re an attractive car for many people, they drive nicely and aren’t expensive, but the amount of problems that I hear from people I know is ridiculous. The Cruze, while not as nice as the Golf, would be much cheaper to fix. As for the Falcon, I’m sure that mine will be going for a long time without issues. 

        • Golfmother

          The myths  , you been reading too much of nemo’s hate file on VW  , and the crude is just that another daewoo in GM drag .

          • Matt

            Myths? These are people I know telling me.

          • Jones Digger

            I have a vw golf. It is a great car period…..

          • Matt

            I agree, it’s a great car. You obviously are one of the lucky ones to have a trouble free Golf though. A lot don’t.

          • Karl Sass

            That doesn’t mean ALL Golfs are reliable.

          • Harden up or shut up!

            Thats it! Bury your head in the sand and the facts just miraculously disappear!

          • Ricky

            myths hey? try and tell my parents, sister and brother that my brother lived in the UK for a while and came back thinking VW’s were great so they all brought new VW’s and needless to say they nave been ok cars and the crappy DSG gearbox puts your neck out every time you have to drive in slow traffic. but countless trips to the dealers for repairs, sorry but none of them have been reliable

          • Golfmother

            I know 4 with zero problems , maybe your sisters aunt’s brother’s cousin know a backs yard mechanic who heard a story from a fairy at the bottom of his garden .

            They should have stopped at the first one , why did they keep buying them ?

          • Ricky

            Well they all brought them within about 6 months, so buy the time the all brought them they had a few little problems but u can forgive a couple at the start then it all started going down hill…… and no back yard mechanic only ever been to the same VW dealer and they even request the same highly experienced mechanic every time to ensure the best service possible. They are built nice enough and drive well enough just not very reliable….sorry just our family’s experience

        • Karl Sass

          A good, well balanced comment that highlights both the strengths and weakness’ of the Golf. Goofmother’s response to any comment that doesn’t paint the Golf as perfect? Pretend it doesn’t exist. Just goes to show how much of a delusional troll he is.

        • Harden up or shut up!

          But reliability is a secondary consideration for the insecure hypocrite that believes in brand self-esteem. Perhaps daddy didn’t have anything nice to say when he was a boy. No worries, surely people will respect you if you buy euro right?

  • 42 = The Answer

    Test drove a G6 version today and was pretty impressed. While it doesn’t have the overwhelming surge like the six does, it certainly doesn’t need to be worked hard to get up to speed. The only bad point I could apply was that the engine note sounds a little weak. Overall it’s a decent and mostly under-rated car for sure.

    • Steve

      Buy it.

  • Andrew M

    Daniel,
    Its interesting you bring up the point of how they can easily be had for well under retail, then quote resale residuals based on RRP’s.

    What a lot of people dont realise is that the resale figures are based on the RRP price not what people are losing from purchase to trade in.
    Falcons and Commodores can and always have been handed out at far less than the list price.
    If you use the actual sell price like you described the Falcon actually has a residual value of over 50%.
    And lets not be silly,cars are the biggest and easiest way to burn money no matter what the name plate.

    Mazda has been one typically with higher residuals than average, but thats because they dont discount meaning their values are probably more accurate than most brands that do.

    I just pulled up the averages on a Mazda 3, and they have a residual of around 50%.
    Cars lose a lot of money, and I think you can chalk the poor resales on Falcons up in the lovely book of bad perceptions about this car

    • Sadfdf

      Pffffffffffffff, you ever gone to the ex fleet auctions? 3 years old, sometimes only 2 year old Falcoones going for about $12K. How on earth is that over %50? Does the discounting for a new Falcoone extend downwards to just $24K?
      Looking on carsales, there are a several Falcoones ASKING $10-$13K for 2010 models – keep in mind that 2010 means that it’s most likely less than 3 years old and could even be a 2010 plate but 1st registered in 2011 making it realistically a 2 year old car, also keep in mind these are ASKING prices, not actual selling prices as most people negotiate a better price.
      Looking at the Mazda3, there are a bunch on carsales for just under $15K for a 2010 model. So they are asking MORE than a 2010 Falcoone. These under $15K ones appear to bottom spec manuals, so even if they paid full RRP + ON ROAD COSTS, they’d still have spent no more than about $24K. So again, Falcoone discounting extends down to $24K? These Mazda3s do seem to have lower kms than the used Falcoones, but then they are asking more $3-$5K more than the Falcoones mentioned above anyway.

      • $29896495

        You can find any make of car really cheap if you look, generally they are massively high kilometre cars and or rooted in some respect. Sometimes flood damaged. Fleet sales Corollas can be had for next to nothing as well.

        There is a lot of supposition in your statement about plates and years. It does state in the cars run down if it is for example 2010 or something else. Guessing is pointless. Bottom line is any car can be had below market if you are willing to compromise on condition and kilometres. 

        • fdsf

          And if you find “any car” really cheap, you can be sure that any used Falcoone of a similar age is even cheaper.

          All the prices I gave were for 2010 models, I merely mentioned that since this is the very beginning of 2013, most 2010 examples will actually be less than 3 years old, yet their residuals for 2010 examples are already down to about %35 from a new price of around$35K. To get a residual of %50 as Andrew claimed, those 2010 Falcoones would have to have had a new price of just $24K.
          I looked for the really cheap Mazda3s. Not a single one is anywhere near as cheap as many of the Falcoones.

      • Jones Digger

        Simple mate. Mazda 3 is a far far better car.

        • Jim

          No it’s not.

          • Jones digger

            Sorry, I got it wrong, far far far far better. My apologies for the error.

    • $29896495

      Good comment

    • Loh

      Totally agree with Andrew M.

      Ford is not doing itself any favours by setting RRPs that are way off the actual prices that their cars are sold for in the market. It results in their published residual values being grossly understated which further damages the brand’s image.

  • Guest

    I can’t believe half the comments on here have not been deleted by a moderator. Seriously grown men being so childish, I thought this was suppose to be about cars not someones mother, wife and their sexuality. I think I will go to another site in future where intelligent people talk about cars!

    • Golfmother

      Totally agree i love robust banter but laterly some of the filth is a bite beyond the pale , i have a thick skin so i let it pass , but one person is really over the top and does upset others .
      To their credit robin and nemo are gentlemen .

      • Harden up or shut up!

        So you determine what is acceptable? It’s ok for your offensive drivel yet other people are offensive? “Beyond the pale”?
        Put up or shut up.
        You do NOT determine what is acceptable and get what you duly deserve. YOU are over the top and upset others. Until YOU change your smug attitude how dare you criticize others.
        How ironic that you would complain. It just proves what you are. A HYPOCRITE!
        You get what you deserve and no one could argue otherwise.

        • $29896495

          Good points, I totally agree. Not only in respect to Golfm, but all those who think it’s funny to be mindless.

  • Daniel D

    170 comments and still counting. Falcon may not sell very well these days, but it is page view gold for CarAdvice. Nothing and I mean nothing else gets so many hits. GolfMother alone visits these articles a couple of times a day for weeks on end.

    Guys you need to make sure you have a Falcon review on the site every month and at least a 500 word article if Ford release a new colour for Falcon.

    When the 2014 Falcon gets here, don’t just say its here in one article. I would suggest a detailed article on every mode variant and colour. Try and stretch it out over six months.

    • Golfmother

      Dead right , nothing makes them more money than a good falcoon story , bogans drawn to it like a moth to flame .

      • Steve

        You have by far the most comments on this story, I think your the bogan buddy.

      • Harden up or shut up!

        Someone that can’t even call a car by it’s proper name is either a child or a bogan.

        • Golfmother

          Say cheese .

          • Poison_Eagle

             I picture, in your bedroom (or ward) a poster of a Falcon with its headlights cut out.
            And when you wake up of a morning, after your mother changes your sheets, you go out into the garden and play ‘broom brooms’ with your matchbox GOLF.
            At least you’re amusing I guess, like a racist uncle, with devil may care flatulence.

  • Jones Digger

    WOW , as good as a 5 series or E class !!!!
    They said that about the VB commodore and EA falcon back in 1979, and then the upgraded falcon and commodore in 1985 and then the 1990 update and then 1995 etc etc etc.
    Seriously, this is just Australian made rubbish that rates below cheap Korean cars in reliability, quality and engineering.
    A new Falcon drives ok for a couple of weeks and then will rattle and not steer straight and have too much wind noise etc.
    Truly abysmally bad cars for those who cannot afford a 5 series or E class.

  • MW

    I don’t get the obsession with illuminated steering wheel controls. Can’t press them from memory and need to take your eyes off the road to look down every time you use them? Having to look down all the time for the pedals must be a real pain. First I do when jumping my brother’s Golf at night is look for where I can turn them off

    • Golfschwein

      It’s basic, sound ergonomics. Don’t try and kid me about the pedals. I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. The ‘stuff it, she’ll be right’ attitude of Ford Australia is greatly contributing to the Falcon’s world wide sales of 1700 units a month.

      • Golfmother

        German ergonomics , the more you drive a golf the more you appreciate the intuitve controls , so easy to master .

        • gtrxu1

          Veedud still use analogue guages.A vk Commodore had a star wars dash.

          • Golfmother

            Funny what  a pile of junk was the VK , nice paint if they actually sprayed it , horrible motor , gutless  juice chewer , 99.9% now land fill .

          • Mac

            Hey there flogmother !!…..you had a win today ….see todays news …..hundreds of jobs redundant at boral today around australia … You and your garden fairies must be tickled pink with this news !!

          • Golfmother

            Chicken , blame it on juliar and the morons , penalty rates , carbon tax etc , nothing will change until their gone , get ready for more to come , they have dragged us done the sewer .

          • Zaccy16

            exactly golfmother, ju-liar ruining local manufacturing again

          • Poison_Eagle

             ‘ju-liar’, my my  what an original phrase. Clearly you’re an independent mind, who wouldn’t dream of paraphrasing rhetoric from somewhere else. I totally underestimated you golflicker.
            Explain how the carbon tax has contributed to this, when electricity rates were increasing at a higher rate before its inception.
            Explain how any current government policy has had more impact than global market trends and economic conditions.Try and do this without plagiarism I challenge you.
             Perhaps I’m asking too much, because that would require you to make the transition from one of several million sheep who like repeating things , to somewhat of a free thinker.

            I personally think the government is responsible for not doing nearly enough to protect our manufacturing, only relying on the mining bubble. And that disgusts me. But what has LNP put on the table if they get in?
            Only indications seem to be towards less govt. assistance to manufacturers. 

  • diesel

    what most are missing…is the fact that the Australian population has significantly changed in the past 40 years and we are no longer just full of Aussies who will buy the Falcon & C’dore. With our increased population, we now have a huge diversity of people from different parts of the world who have no knowledge or care about “Australian automotive history”. Hence the reason we now see many more small cars on the roads and diesel cars, than we’ve ever seen. People who immigrate dont care how “well made” (cough) our Falcon/C’dore are, and this is the reason why competition has flushed our local cars down the toilet, cause they are no longer relevant. I’m also amazed that HSV still rolls out the dinosaur GTS/R8′s in BRIGHT yellow, green etc with BIG spoilers and think that these cars are relevant. Its scary to see them on the road and look into their windows to see the monkeys who drive them and think that they are driving a supercar with the greatest technology in the world……

    • Sam

      Quite frankly a terrible comment. I cannot even be bothered replying to your idiotic immigrant point. On the HSVs, do you want every single car to be the same boring silver or white? Do you want every car to be a like a Camry. Also, this rubbish ‘relevant’ opinion comes up way too often. HSVs are still selling exceptionally well; and those ‘monkeys’ who drive them are supporting Australian jobs so I have more respect for them than someone like you. I’m interested, what do you drive?

    • Golfmother

      Spot on diesel , many think its still the 70′s , bathurst and all that mythological rubbish , dead right about the wierd colours on HSV’s .

      • Tom

        I cannot believe both of you think that bright colours are a bad thing…

        • Mac

          Mine is a bright colour so if some flog in a golf runs into me then he cant say that  he didnt see me !!

  • barry

    Try as rolfmother has on this article.With over 200 blogs there appears to be great interest in this car.

    • Golfmother

      Pity it does not convert to sales , all on the tray top .

    • Stop_the_boats

      Yet noone is buying it, still a falcoon .

      • bary

        You make me laff,like your picture.

        • Stop_the_boats

          Bazza, bogan fattie, stick with your falcoon, only car you can fit in aside from the crummerdore , might need to hold your breath as you get in, flab might spill all over the wheel .

          • Barry

            HA,HA,HA Stop-the-goat.Have drove Falcons in the past and will in the furure.Currently drive a SV6 ute,Holden where keener to do business with me.
            However our family car is a Falcon,dont know about that seating problem you keep talking about..stop-the-goat..

          • Stop_the_boats

            Bazza, never mentioned anything about seats, should go to spec savers. SV6 crummerdore is the boganmobile of choice for the bogan masses, ‘marvelled’ at the stylish handbrake and 281hp/350nm the bag of bolts makes, seen lawn mowers do better .

          • Captain Nemo®™

             You sure are greedy Bungle two usernames on disqus now.
            Along with all the other ones you use. Plus your two names over at VeeDudwatercooled must have plenty of spare time with the Rolf in the shop all the time.

          • Golfmother

            Obsessive compulsive seaman nemo , i like boats style , right to the knub .

            GTI motoring along perfectly , funny just watching 9 breakfast , story of the crummerdore demise 2016 , RIP .

      • Golfmother

        Nice boat , chick magnet .

  • Norm

    Ford do a compact SUV in the states called the “The Escape” not to be confused with the model available here. Competes dirctly with the CRV and CX5 over there. It’s powered by the EcoBoost and is apparently a good thing. Do Ford need it in RHD here? Now?!

    • $29896495

      I read that it’s supposed to be coming here (not that we need yet another SUV in our market, and imported to boot) It might have been just a journalists opinion but there you go.

  • peddy.d

    I took the advice of some bloggers here and went to my local Ford dealer today (Alto Ford Artarmon) to test drive the Falcon Ecoboost and EcoLPi but low and behold they did not have any in stock. There were Fiestas and Focus’ everywhere but not a Falcon in sight.

  • Rita

    Marketing has nothing to do with it you knobs. People buy what their eyes like seeing. Maybe most of you on here for eg don’t like the Mazda 3, but 80% or more people surveyed out there actually like the way it looks. Hence it’s a great seller. Now my partner owns one and I can tell you it drives really well too and has given him absolutely no dramas at all.

    I use to hate SUV’s I really did and still do to a a degree. But in the day to day city grind and traffic I actually hate being surrounded in my Falcon by tall SUV’s and trucks everywhere. I just hate that claustrophobic feeling, I really do. Now I find myself about to join the SUV bandwagon  Why? Because I just like the sense of sitting up high in a car. This is the main reason why SUV’s sell so well not only here but everywhere in the world. People love being tall. We like to top floor units, the top of the hill house, the above not bellow the road land. Higher is what we like and SUV’s give us that. Most of you clowns commenting on here just don’t get that. The big long sedan is dead!!!

    • Mac

      Yes they like sitting higher ,till the time the SUV rolls over and their stupid smashed heads are hanging upside down and closer to the ground than those in the falcons . The falcon has the stability and dynamics what naturally comes with being lower down , unlike SUVs which by the laws of physics are prone to roll over .They also seem much more prone to reversing over kids in driveways , but their owners just dont learn till their own kid has been flattened . …….and why do you think that premium priced performance cars are low to the ground ,?? , so the centre of gravity is lower for good dynamics , so ask aston  or amg ferrari and so on .

  • Rita

    If Ford Aus and Holden changed their strategy years ago and had the foresight to design and build world class proper SUV’s not car conversions like the Territory (is it a car? station wagon? an SUV? It doesn’t know what it is) then they would still be selling in big numbers and not just really on government bailouts and subsidies by government fleet purchases.

    • Michael

      All SUVs are car conversions, unless you were expecting them to build a Landcruiser rival.

    • Mac

      so what do u suggest , a full blown 4wd what never sees a paddock and never has 4WD engaged . It seems we have another know all on here now !!!

  • Daniel

    I called my fleet salesman at a ford dealer today, said he was flat out with fords 2.9% finance deal-All being used on FIESTA and FOCUS! You know, small cars that are economical that you can park at your local westfield. ZERO interest in falcon.Ranger is a 3-6 month wait for some models.
    The irony here is that the one thing that will increase falcons resale is its demise, the bogans will have to keep buying them secondhand.
    Also, XT falcon is only sold to fleets at ridiculous prices, if joe blow walked in off the street and ordered one, it would be over 40k drive away. Its common knowledge that private buyers get the XR6 for 35-37k drive away.

  • Aussiecustoms

    This car is a big waste of money. Ford should introduce a small V6 turbo diesel like all of the European and Asian competitors. Then people might start to want to but this car. 

    • Poison_Eagle

      you mean like the one in Territory? Diesel is starting to decline and alot of petrol engines are approaching the efficiency of diesel without the cancer causing particles.

  • Maz

    Everyone harps on about how good the 4cyl in this turbo falcon is. Pity they havent put it into a decent car. The Falcon just looks so fkn DATED! It really looks / feels like a AU / EB falcon now. Or maybe it’s that I’ve been in so many cabs that all Falcons just feel yuck. (Interior wise).

    Had they spent some coin on a decent interior with quality fittings and a marketing department that has a clue, they would be much more successful. Heck I love my turbo engines and would love a XR6T or FP6 (Exterior I think looks pretty damn good), but that interior = yuck.. That would stop me buying it. You spend your whole time in the cabin, at least make it look / feel quality!!!

  • GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

    Read the whole dam lot does not whay every body says good car bad car local /import etc Shucks guys Ford is only marking time for many many reasons

    regardless Its  FORDS best kept secret  Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost  lets not tell anyone ,not anyone not even HQ.U.S.A.

  • MisterZed

    The exterior of this car looks like it’s something out of the 90s. A 2 generation old “EF” model Sonata looks more modern than this thing.

    • Barry

      You drive a car with Au series1 front guards on it,the i45.

    • Harry

      You mustn’t be right in the head or your completely biased against the Falcon to even think such a thing. Possibly both. Why do you hate it so much, as the review states, it’s a sensational car. Bloody hell, it looks great anyway.

  • DanielD

    Come on people. six more posts and we crack 300. Let me help things along…..

    The Falcon should be selling much better. It’s certainly better than that European rubbish.
    Discuss.

    • $29896495

      Well, that’s irrelevant, but I do wonder how far they will go with the face lift. Is it to late for the Falcon and could they manage to make it left hand drive and export it?

      It is despite what GMH say, the only true Australian car.

      • DanielD

        Four to go. What else is irrelevant? Discuss.

        • $29896495

          OK lets do it. Do you think they have had other 300s?

      • Steven

        The VE Commodore is still an Australian car. The Falcon is a little bit more Australian, but they both are definitely Australian. As for the face lift, they might do something similar to the 2013 Ford Fusion from America.  

        • $29896495

          Yeah possibly the Fusion Nose, just wonder how that will marry with the rest of it. To do doors etc is virtually a new car.

          In reference to Australian, The Falcon is uniquely Australian, totally designed here (Bland and miss-guided as it is) With a unique Australian only power plant.

          Now the Commodore on the other hand isn’t. It was mostly designed in the US, as is the face lift. Hence it’s already being shown there. The only thing that makes it Australian, is that it’s put together here. 

          • Tom

            Yeah I guess your right. As long as cars are built here, I’ll be happy.

  • Goose

    Regardless of all the arguments against the falcon’s relevance in today’s world, I still hold a soft spot for these cars. You can’t go past it for value, reliability, and relative(for its size) performance and handling.
    When I first got my license I landed my backside straight into the drivers seat of a BA XT. Sure it may be a bit thirsty but this was offset by it being cheap to buy (used), to insure, to service and to repair. I’ve had it for 6 years now without any major issues and its still going strong with 150k kms on the clock. It has space for all my friends to fit in comfort on long trips and for their gear in the boot. Its comfortable when cruising on the freeway and overtaking is done with ease.
    I know most will say that a mid-size SUV will do everything just as well but I really don’t want to feel like a mum driving her kids to school every time I get behind the wheel. Each to their own I guess, but I hope Ford are able to turn things around. In the future with the right advertising, and hopefully a refreshed, higher quality interior with all the gadgets that people demand these days the Falcon could still play a part in our motoring landscape, couldn’t it? maybe?…

    • $29896495

      I think you are right, except for the SUV comment. Most would say a medium size car. But there’s nothing wrong with the Falcon a bit of a diet and some slightly smaller more stylish panels wouldn’t hurt.

      • Goose

        You’re probably right re: medium size cars. Those along with SUVs have killed the large car segment. The falcon has kept getting larger with each new model and at some point it needs to stop and downsize slightly.
        The car just has a bad public image that evokes thoughts of an old-tech, old world, heavy barge of a car; when in reality the technology is fairly up to date and well sorted. As many posters have said on these articles, the marketing department is not doing the product any favours at all.
        Couldn’t agree more on the weight. The old cast iron I6 and heavy boss V8 definitely didn’t help the weight issue. It seems the lighter 4 cylinder makes a sizeable difference according to this review.

  • al

    If this Ecoboost motor is good, they should put it into a lighter and cheaper Cortina Mark 3. Now THAT’S a GOOD LOOKING CAR!

    • DAVIDZ

      Your on drugs, the cortina was perhaps the WORST FORD in history, a dog with rabies bad…..

  • S. Linden Hersey

    Why is there so little loyalty to Australian cars these days? People should be snapping these up; the last of the Australian Fords.

  • craig

    seriously the article is about the turbo 4 but ALL your engine info is the inline 6. nice work.

  • Golfmother

    Failane its dead meat its tired and old , just look at the front its last century , overweight sedan that no one wants any more .

  • Asdf

    LET GO OF YOUR YOUTH, GOLFMOTHER.

  • $29896495

    Fairlane is alive and well. It’s running round holding the current Falcon up.

  • Golfmother

    Love these turkeys who have no activity history , just make dumb statements and them move onto the next name , aye floppy/barry/twinbanger .

    Nice bi caps Asdf , go to spec savers .

  • Golfschwein

    I suspect it’s just the one turkey, Golfmother: Garrywhooper never leaves a trail, means he’s free to copy other users with inflammatory comments. It means nothing to those of us with registered user names, anyway, so it’s surprising he still thinks it’s funny or convincing.

  • Brett

    I believe I once called you a bogan before Golfmother. Shame it still remains within you. Don’t forget that this is how it begins; people like you making arrogant and cynical comments. You should move to Elizabeth. You’d fit right in here.

  • Golfmother

    Rett , you can holiday there next time you drop down from up north , should fit right in with the falcoon .

  • Harden up or shut up!

    Not like you. You consistently make dumb statements with the same name.

  • Captain Nemo®™

    Exactly well said OOOO
    Bit like the bogan a few weeks back that was caught on camera with his feet out the window and his Rolf on cruise control. And the other bogan that plunged off the Great Ocean Rd in his Rolf GTi killing himself a while back.

  • OOOO

    Little do the Bogan tagers know, the real ‘Bogans’ on the road drive Golfs, Polo’s, Mazda 3′s, Corolla’s, WRX’s, EVO’s and 15-20 year old cars with garbage cans for exhaust pipes.

  • Barry

    OOOO, rolfmother has a habib stage ii tune on his rolf.
    A performance chip that gets him 400 nm of torque and about 250 kw.He goes blasting through the Adelaide hills thinking hes Sabastion Vettle.
    In my book Golfmother should be crowned King Bogan.

  • Golfmother

    AHAH politics , face it grave robber the yanks lost interest in the falcoon 12 years ago after the AU fiasco ,and so did the public , left high and dry by head office .

  • Golfmother

    She’s in heaven, falcoon fanatic , but i wont hold that against you maxie .

  • Golfmother

    I will let that one pass , floppy , not so nice to bring in relatives who have passed .

  • Golfmother

    Wow floppy you getting upset with stop the boats , hes your mate not mine .

  • DanielD

    Lost interest? The yanks insisted on the styling that went on the AU. 

  • Golfmother

    Filthy floppy , living in a bubble , dreaming of better days in his rusty falcoon taxi , get a burger and have lie down .

  • Golfmother

    Funny , but i have no recollection of that comment , maybe that was you ghosting golfmother , you do realise you use about 8 names , got to learn to remember what your say with which alias .

  • Harden up or shut up!

    And we all know who the hypocrite is. Using an avatar is no guarantee against you posting anonymously either. But it should be obvious when you do. We just look for the hypocritical statements and misspelling of words a 3rd grader would have no troubles with.

  • Amenta101

     Well, that’s until the new model comes out.
    Remember how the Falcon was slowly sliding down with the AU until the BA came out?

Ford Falcon Specs

XT : 4.0L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTSHIFT - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D SEDAN
Car Details
Make
FORD
Model
FALCON
Variant
XT
Series
FG MK2
Year
2013
Body Type
4D SEDAN
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
4.0L
Cylinders
INLINE 6
Max. Torque
391Nm @  3250rpm
Max. Power
195kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
114.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
92.25x99.31mm
Compression Ratio
10.3
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTSHIFT
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
2.73
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
68
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1704
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1453mm
Length
4955mm
Width
1869mm
Ground Clearance
150mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2300  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11
Front Rim Size
6.5x16
Rear Rim Size
6.5x16
Front Tyres
215/60 R16
Rear Tyres
215/60 R16
Wheel Base
2838
Front Track
1583
Rear Track
1598
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Power front seat Driver
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint, Tow Pack
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-J-23
Country of Origin
AUSTRALIA