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