Best large car under $60,000

The way Ford has successfully equipped its new Falcon EcoLPI to perform like a petrol car while still offering the advantages of LPG contributed strongly to its victory this year.

Traditional LPG systems turn liquefied gas into vapour form before feeding it into the engine via a venturi in the throttle body. In the EcoLPI Falcon, the liquid phase injection system takes the LPG in liquid state all the way to the injectors.

Ford says this means the LPG can be injected into the intake ports in a more precise and controlled manner, which delivers better fuel economy, reduced CO2 emissions and greater engine performance.

EcoLPI utilises Ford’s tried and true 4.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder engine. What will surprise some is that the LPG-fed powerplant has slightly more power and torque than the petrol version. It makes a healthy 198 kW and 409 Nm, which compares to the petrol’s 195 kW and 391 Nm. Of course, the EcoLPI is also considerably more powerful and efficient than its E-Gas predecessor.

As you would expect in a powerful rear wheel drive car, the electronic safety equipment has its work cut out, but the EcoLPI’s electronic stability control and traction control systems are up to the task, even in extremely slippery conditions.

Australia's Best Cars Best Large Car under $60,000 Ford Falcon EcoLPi XT

Manufacturer’s List Price: $42,790

Criteria out of 10 – Ford FG Falcon EcoLPI XT

Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  7H
Depreciation  5H
Running Costs  10H
Fuel Consumption  9H
Warranty and dealer access   4H
Insurance  6L
Standard Features  3H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  9C
Environment  7C
Comfort  9C
Space  8C
Practicality  7H
Ergonomics  8M
Build and Finish  7H

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  9H
Ride  9H
Handling  8H
Braking  8H
Smoothness and Quietness   9M

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.