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For $11,500 more you get the V8, but not much more. It adds larger Brembo front stop­pers and wider rear wheels and rub­ber. The space-saver spare makes way for a can of goo and a pump. Ser­vic­ing is more ex­pen­sive at $1335 over three years.


Given the ex­tra spend, it’s dis­ap­point­ing there is noth­ing in the cabin to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the four-cylin­der model. The eight-inch touch­screen is sim­ple to use but can be tardy to re­spond. There is voice con­trol for many func­tions, in­clud­ing the sat­nav, so there’s no need to type in ad­dresses. Ap­ple CarPlay/An­droid Auto are sup­ported.


The 5.0-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8 pro­duces a handy 306kW/530Nm. Sub­dued for the most part, it quickly roars to life when you put the boot in. Power de­liv­ery is strong and lin­ear but the man­ual change with its heavy clutch takes some mas­tery. The V8 likes a drink. The low fuel light in our car flashed on soon af­ter 300km. Rated at 13.1L/100km, it takes 98 RON with no stop-start or cylin­der shut­down to ease the pain.


On top of the basics you get MyKey and Emer­gency As­sis­tance. The for­mer en­ables par­ents to set lim­its for speed and mu­sic vol­ume, as well as lock out phone calls and text mes­sages while driv­ing. When paired with your mo­bile phone, Emer­gency As­sis­tance di­als triple-zero au­to­mat­i­cally in the event of an ac­ci­dent.


To be hon­est it felt just like a V8 Fal­con to start with. But this idea was quickly for­got­ten as we nosed into our first cor­ner. The V8 feels more planted than the turbo, goes harder and can be braked later thanks to the Brem­bos. The ten­dency to leave it in low gear, just to lis­ten to the V8, won’t do much for fuel econ­omy.

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