Boost on the burst

It’s the big car you need — think about the fru­gal­ity, not the re­sale

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

de­cent fam­ily sedan has been en­dowed with a pow­er­plant that de­serves to ar­rest Fal­con’s plung­ing sales.


We’re in the $37,235 XT base model and there’s plenty of gear on the fea­tures list.

It rides on 16-inch al­loys, has re­vers­ing sen­sors, cli­mate con­trol, full iPod link, split-fold rear seats, auto head­lights, power ad­just­ment for the driver’s seat, helm-mounted con­trols for the cruise, au­dio and phone, cloth trim— but a plas­tic-rimmed steer­ing wheel.

The EcoBoost also gets an eight-inch colour touch­screen with which the oc­cu­pants can con­trol the pres­tige six-speaker sound sys­tem (which comes stan­dard on EcoBoost XT but a $500 op­tion on the six­cylin­der model).

Best not look at the 34 per cent three-year re­sale fig­ure (af­ter 60,000km).


The tech story is all about the pow­er­plant teamed with the fa­mil­iar ZF six-speed auto. The Span­ish built 2.0-litre four­cylin­der 16-valve engine has vari­able valve tim­ing on the in­let and ex­haust side. Di­rect fuel in­jec­tion and the tur­bocharg­ing com­bine to pro­duce 179kW and— more im­por­tantly for its in-gear

The Fal­con but not aswe knew it: The EcoBoost is the real deal rear-driver

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