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.