FORD – RANGER XLT
Ford Ranger XLT
Viewed by many in the Ute world as the sole contender for the revered Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger XLT is an all-round tough tradie vehicle that is quiet and roomy enough it can double as an everyday car, even with a family. Of the major rivals, including Holden’s Colorado, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max, the Volkswagen Amarok, and the Mitsubishi Triton, the Ford Ranger is the first to soar above and beyond when it comes to resilience, design, and engineering. Not to mention, this particular variation was developed by Ford Australia, a proud achievement for Aussies.
As far as utes go, the Ranger XLT is classy and roomy on the interior. In the dual cab, the B-pillars have been moved forward and the rear doors open almost to 90 degrees which means heaps of room getting in and out and a larger window space. The seat fabrics are classy and there are a few nice touches like padded door rests and seats, metal centre stack and door highlights.
The XLT is not lacking when it comes to features as it has most of the modern comforts expected of comparable sedans and SUVs including: Cruise control and voice controlled bluetooth with steering wheel mounted audio and a touch screen, ipod and MP3 system, regenerative charging on braking, motion sensors, and rain sensing wipers.
In terms of space, the XLT is as roomy as they come with a dual cab tub measuring 1549×1560 mm and a payload capacity of 1148kg. Passengers will enjoy cup holders in the centre console, doors, and fold down arm rests in the rear. There are storage compartments under the rear seats and an aircon vented console for cool drinks.
It has impressed many a test-driver when it comes to suspension, breaking, and refinement, and handles gravel roads and wet boat ramps so well you won’t get credit for your skilled driving any more.
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Engine:3.2 L 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, far beyond the competitor engines.
Power:147 kW and 470Nm torque and yet extremely quiet.
Transmission: Optional 6-speed automatic transmission with both normal and Sport modes.
Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions: claimed 9.2L/100km with automatic transmission. 80 L fuel capacity.
Towing: 3.35 Tonne braked towing capacity (measured with the 3.2 L diesel engine) and trailer sway control.
Safety: 5 Star Ancap rating (the hilux of the same year had only 4) and it comes with beyond standard features including: pretensioner seat belts, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, adaptive load control, trailer sway and roll-over control, hill-descent control and start assist, plus rear-cameras and park assist. Again, this goes beyond much of the competition.
New: $55,390 for automatic transmission, $43,890 for manual transmission. This car definitely offers more than much of the rivals and is sitting up near the Hilux in terms of capabilities, but is certainly a pricier choice than most. Value for money in this vase.
used: If buying or selling a 2012 ford ranger XLT, the realistic asking prices vary greatly. Online private sales start around $10,000 and go up to more then $45,000 depending greatly on number of previous owners, documented service history, accident history, extra features, overall wear and tear, and kilometres driven.
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Some owners found that with the turbo its necessary to idle and let them cool down before switching the engine off otherwise there could be meltdown. There were also a few reports of engine issues post oil change if the dump is over ten minutes. Mechanics will need to know about this beforehand.
Some owners zip tied their lower radiator hose away from the engine as they have a tendency to rub and wear out.
During a test drive, if there are pulsations in the clutch pedal (manual only of course), things may be wearing out and are costly to fix.
With cars like this, they may have been driven heavily off-road so have an accredited mechanic check things over, no matter how good it looks on the outside. Unseen issues can be expensive and also dangerous.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Extremely powerful engine and road handling, towing capacity and extra safety features, very spacious, interior is stylish and refined, doubles as tradie car and family car.
Cons: More expensive than rival utes.
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
The Falcon XR6 Turbo isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically beautiful when it comes to interior design, nor are the ergonomics the most functional with a low set steering wheel and high driver’s seat, but the acceleration from start, and even at already high speeds, is what really makes your skin tingle. The powerful engine combined with a sports suspension and limited-slip differential on 18- (or 19-) inch alloy wheels really makes the XR6 an exciting ride.
Even though this car is definitely on the sportier side, it is still absolutely a roomy sedan that can serve as a family vehicle for scooting around down and going on long road trips to visit the grandparents. It’s got a full 5-star ANCAP safety rating, brake assist, stability control, and 6 air bags. There are also seat belts reminders, fatigue warning, rear camera and parking sensors and delayed lighting fade to make sure you get in the house safely.
As we said, this XR6 is a true sedan, and spaciousness is one of its best qualities. Three full-grown humans can fit in the rear seats with plenty of legroom and won’t have to duck there heads when going over speed bumps. There is also a 535L boot to fit heaps of shopping or suitcases or you can opt for a full-size alloy spare wheel and you’ll still get 505 litres of storage.
Aside from the powerful engine and roomy interior, XR6 owners will enjoy the standard features including climate control, 8-inch touchscreen, bluetooth connectivity etc. The only obvious fallback in inclusions is the lack of keyless entry and start which is a basic inclusion of other comparable cars on the market.
Engine: four litre, 6 cylinder, turbo charged engine that makes a down right impressive 270kW and 533Nm that allows it to punch out 0-100km/hr in roughly 5.6 seconds. Transmission is a 6-speed automatic and all versions are rear-wheel-drive.
Fuel consumption is reported at 11.7L/100km and emissions are 278g/km of Co2.
Warranty was the basic 3 year/100,000 kms with servicing ever 15,000kms or annually with a $360 cap.
As new, the XR6 Turbo costs $48, 235. Private used sales tend to start around the $15,000 mark and go up to $28,000 or so. The asking price depends greatly on number of owners, documented regular service history, kilometres driven, accident history, and general wear and tear. Extra features and add on packs may bring the price up as well.
Buying or Selling a Used Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
Despite the many favourable attributes of the XR6, there is still a particular weakness regarding the transmission. The transmission coolers seem to have a problem with coolant leaking and disrupting the transmission oil which may mean an entirely new transmission is needed, a costly job. Ford has endeavoured to fix this issue but it seems that it’s still popping up from time to time so best to have the transmission checked out whether you are buying or selling an XR6. Luckily, the engines seems to be sound and reliable.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Dreamy, sporty drive with incredible power and acceleration. The car is smooth on both highways and unsealed roads. It’s also incredibly roomy in true sedan style.
Cons: The aesthetics are a bit boring and cheap looking and the seat-to-wheel set up isn’t the most ergonomical. There is also the transmission issue to look out for.
Ford Focus RS
Let’s get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Focus RS. Whether you’re buying or selling a Ford Focus, you’ll want to know how your car measures up with similar vehicles in its range as well as against models of other brands. Some car buyers value luxury features while others value a solid safety package, and some are more concerned with price and fuel consumption. Whatever your connection to the selling and buying of the Ford Focus, we’re here to equip you with all the info you need to make smart decisions. Hop in and let’s see what we can find out.
While the 2016 Ford Focus range has three distinct versions on offer, all share the same 1.5 litre turbo petrol ecoboost engine detailed in sections below. While the base-level Ambiente model is no longer available in the 2016 range, the Trend is now the cheapest entry making Ford less competitive with similar versions in the Volkswagen Golf range, which is almost a grand less. It’s almost more than $3,000 on top of the previous Trend model.
The Trend: Options for the Hatch Manual at $23,390 or either the Hatch or Sedan Auto at $24,390.
The Sport: Options for the Hatch Manual at $26, 490 or the Hatch Auto for $27,490.
Titanium: Options for the Hatch or Sedan, both auto, at $32,690.
ST: Options for the Hatch manual at $38,990.
The Focus RS comes out at the top of the range with an initial cost of $50,990 which doesn’t include on road costs. You can opt for the 19-inch gloss black alloys and the Michelin Sport Cup tyres for an additional $2,500. While this might seem like quite a leap from the ST version below, it’s actually $9,000 than the RS in the previous run. If you’re not into the base colour, white, then you’ll need to tack on an extra $450 to get the Shadow Black, Nitrous Blue, or Magnetic Grey.
What makes this cost of the RS attractive is it’s comparison to competitors with similar output and features. While it may not have the same flashy connotations as Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, it knocks off as little as $12,000 and as much as $27,000 when looking at models with similar specs.
There is reason that the Ford Focus RS sits at the top of the price mark for the Focus range. Not only has it switched from front to all-wheel-drive, but the engine (detailed below) is much punchier and sportier. Two-thirds of the torque is sent to the back-wheels as part of the electronic all-wheel-drive monitoring system that updates almost twice a second, so this vehicle can handle some serious turns and quick maneuvering. It’s pretty clear why this is considered a performance vehicle, along with the Fiesta and Focus ST, the Falcons XR6 and XR8, and the Mustang V8.
What’s the experience like on the inside? Well you’ve got voice control allowing you to change climate, media, phone calls, and even navigation without moving a finger. You can also leave keys in your pocket with keyless entry and push button start. There is an 8-inch high-res colour touch screen if you like doing thing manually, and driver and passengers alike can enjoy the 9-speaker sound system that corresponds to bluetooth as well as USB and RCA inputs.
Function definitely doesn’t mean skimping on style though as you’ll have 19-inch alloy wheels, a special body kit and fascia made just for the RS, and Recaro shell seats with partial leather interior.
Engine and Transmission
The impressive 2.3L 257kW/440nM ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine puts it above competitive models Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes Benz A45 AMG that top out at 206 kW and 265kW respectively. Acceleration from 0-100km is 4.7 seconds, not too shabby.
The amount of torque means only manual transmission will be available for the RS, which contains a 6-speed manual gearbox, staying true to the more classic manual designs. The Focus RS also has a new and unique “drift mode” that allows drivers to oversteer without losing control, for a bit of fun. Professional rally driver Ken Block made the RS famous for this whirling drift mode by sending it into sliding circles, smoke pouring from the tyres. You don’t need to pull any stunts like this but it’s cool to tell people that you can.
While we often think of sports cars as having tiny little compartments we have to squish ourselves into, let’s not forget that the RS is still a hatchback. We’ve got five doors and about 260 litres of cargo space. That isn’t too bad but it’s almost 60 L less than earlier models. If you’re not too tall, you’ll enjoy the comfy seats, but you won’t get any vertical adjustment in this car.
This is probably the biggest area lacking in the Focus RS (other than the gigantic 11.8 metre turning radius). It unfortunately does not have AEB, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane keep and lane departure assistance or auto high beam headlamps. It does have rear view cameras and six airbags as well as the SYNC2 system that connects to emergency services but these would seem to be the very basics when it comes to some safety packages.
Ford claim that combined consumption is around 7.7L per 100kM but several independent tests found it to be much higher, especially if you’re doing donuts in the carpark.
3 years and 100,000kms basic warranty.
What our car experts think:
Pros: Well priced and extremely powerful.
Cons: Lacking in safety features, huge turning radius, and very stiff tracking.