THIS car isn’t shy. Far from it. The XR6 is big, it stands out and has the acceleration of an Olympic athlete. I’m sure some of my mates like this car much more than me.
It’s built to move. Touch the pedal and you are at 50km/ h within seconds. Before you take a breath you hit 70km/h and when momentum is gained it’s hard to stop. You have to really work at the brakes to get the car to slow down.
Ford has done well with the XR6. It has guts and handles well on the road.
The turning circle is incredibly impressive for a car of this size. Doing a three-point turn in a narrow street is surprisingly easy. Inside is spacious. And the biggest surprise is the boot. It’s huge. Bigger than any sedan I have ever seen. So forget the mini van. Now shopping at Costco has just become so much easier.
I’m a bit put off by the centre console, though. It reminds me too much of black, glitzy bathroom tiles, but it does become less shiney at night. When it’s dark the dash is lit up with red and blue lights, similar to the VW Golf. It looks great but the compromise is that it’s hard to see what the buttons are and it becomes a game of hit and miss before you can fi nally turn the heater off.
Strangely, the buttons don’t light up on the steering wheel.
The car does attract a lot of attention. Affectionately termed “police bait’’ by one of my family members, the fluoroelectric blue colour called indigo doesn’t exactly allow you to blend in with the crowd.
Split airconditioning is a plus. It can be 30 degrees on the driver’s side, while just a brisk 19 degrees cools down my passenger who screams that she is having hot flushes.
When it rains, the car holds itself well. It’s got great suspension, too. However, it needs a back windscreen wiper.
There is nothing humble about this car. It sounds great inside and out, and has a gutsy sound system.
It moves well and for quite a big car it’s easy to navigate, even in midgetsized city car parks. It has the space that a family car needs, but once inside it’s not pedestrian.
Your speed is shown in numbers across the dash. I know this isn’t a new feature, it’s one that is used in a lot of cars. But I have never driven a car with this and it makes keeping an eye on the speed so much easier. This is definitely a bonus, because it’s hard to keep a constant speed in the XR6. When you’re at 60km/ h, seconds later you can hit 80km/ h without even realising. Cruise control is a clever addition.
It does chug through petrol, mainly from the fact it has a six-cylinder, 4.0litre engine. But it’s hard to hate the very feature that makes this car great.
The more I drive this car, the more I like it. I genuinely look forward to sitting in the driver’s seat and taking off each day. The XR6 made me the envy of all my mates. They loved this car. I did too. Take it for a test drive.
A quick note though to potential buyers. There is no storage compartment on the right-hand side under the steering wheel. If you pull on it, the whole compartment comes off in your hand, revealing hundreds of internal wires — a fact I learnt just five minutes after getting in the car.