Herald Sun - Motoring - - Test Drive -

THE 50th An­niver­sary XR6 def­i­nitely does not go un­no­ticed. It mag­ni­fies at­ten­tion — a trait that can be good and bad. The XR6 wasn’t in the drive­way for long be­fore the neigh­bours flocked over to take a good look. “Love the colour,” one yelled out. Ford has come a long way with its new XR6. It’s now 19 years old and, like any teen, has lots of at­ti­tude.

Cops drive this car on free­ways, so you know it’s go­ing to be fast. And that it cer­tainly is.

It has pow­er­ful ac­cel­er­a­tion and doesn’t take long to hit 60km/ h. The XR6 has been la­belled as “un­in­hib­ited ex­cite­ment’’ and that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

It’s a sporty car that has the fea­tures to match. Sports ped­als, 18-inch al­loy wheels, a sports steer­ing wheel, rear spoiler and seats with leather trim help give the XR6 its char­ac­ter.

The body shape is more elon­gated than its main com­peti­tor, the Holden Com­modore. Ford has done a good job mak­ing a sedan sporty.

The XR6 ticks a lot of boxes. The sound sys­tem through­out the whole car is im­pres­sive. If you are tall, and have the seat pushed back, there is still enough room for the mother-in-law. And there is plenty of space in the boot, which is great for when you do long trips.

The auto model gives you the op­tion to choose per­for­mance mode. Push the gear shift to the left and sud­denly it changes the whole feel of the car, re­sult­ing in a sportier drive.

At times the wheels do spin away and you can feel the car move to the side. But the elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol cor­rects the car quickly.

This rear-wheel-drive sedan han­dles cor­ners well, and once in­side it doesn’t feel like you are han­dling a big car.

Two other re­ally good fea­tures are Blue­tooth and iPod in­te­gra­tion. How­ever, to con­nect your phone to the Blue­tooth is not easy and takes a while.

The high beams are pow­er­ful but the nor­mal lights aren’t as strong, which you no­tice when driv­ing at night.

In­side the car, some of the stor­age com­part­ments should have cov­ers over them to make it eas­ier to keep per­sonal items hid­den.

The car is packed with safety fea­tures. ABS is stan­dard, which is great be­cause that is prob­a­bly the best sin­gle in­ven­tion for safety since airbags.

I have also driven an XR6 Turbo be­fore. I was sur­prised Ford man­aged to build a car that quick. The stan­dard XR6 is a rocket too, so you have to be care­ful notic­ing your speed when driv­ing.

Ford has made a well-en­gi­neered and pow­er­ful ma­chine.

It’s a car built by Aus­tralians for Aus­tralians and is great value.

I am sure a lot of peo­ple will love driv­ing this car ev­ery day.

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