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Ford FG Falcon XT Ecoboost (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2012

It’s quite a while since Bob Dylan’s nasal drawl first proclaimed “..for the times they are a changin’… ”.

Those words now seem to sum up nicely Ford’s move to a four-cylinder engine option in Falcon after more than 50 years of six and eight cylinder models.

And the Ecoboost four-pot Ford has the potential to be a real game-changer in the large car segment - it’s really that good. It delivers buyers all the practical virtues, roominess and excellent ride quality of the 4.0-litre I6 powered Falcons, but with lower fuel consumption and emissions.

Compared to the ‘six’, the Spanish-built ‘four’ is down 16 kW of power and 45 Nm of torque. But the car is also some 60-odd kilograms lighter too. It’s ‘on the road’ rather than ‘on paper’ that counts though.

Our numbers show performance from the 2.0-litre turbo engine is within the narrowest whisker of the ‘six’. There’s plentiful torque from low down in the revs and the standard six-speed auto is an excellent match up. Drivers used to the ‘six’ won’t feel cheated at all, though the ‘four’ does have a different seat-of-the-pants feel.

The Ecoboost’s suspension, steering and tyre revisions, plus its lighter weight, give it a slightly sharper turn-in to corners too. We managed 7.2 litres/100km on a highway run, but lower should be possible.

Ford FG Falcon XT Ecoboost 2012

For

Fuel economy, performance, large car comfort, road manners, capped price servicing

Against

Reduced towing capacity

Key features

Climate-control airconditioning, 16” alloys, four-way power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, MP3 compatible CD, iPod/USB 3.5 aux integration, rear park sensors, Bluetooth

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake distribution, electronic stability control, traction control

Car Details

Vehicle make Ford
Vehicle model FG Falcon XT Ecoboost
Vehicle type Large Under $60,000
Year 2012
Price when new $37,235 (auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre,turbo-petrol, 4-cyl
Max power 179 kW @ 5500 rpm
Max torque 353 Nm @ 2000 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 7.1 sec (as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 26.0 m (wet road)
Economy ADR 8.1 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.