Ford’s ground-breaking four-cylinder EcoBoost Falcon, launched in 2012, has been one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Anyone after a second-hand large, comfortable family sedan should give it serious consideration.
The 2.0-litre turbo-charged EcoBoost engine, coupled with a well-matched six-speed automatic, can be found in the standard-grade Falcon, G6 and G6E sedans.
By challenging the tradition of the six-cylinder Australian sedan, the EcoBoost was a difficult concept to grasp, especially as it was launched at a time when many family car buyers had begun moving across to SUVs. Sales weren’t massive, so like any hidden gem you’ll need to fossick around on the used market to find the car you want.
The EcoBoost Falcon has a lot going for it. The sophisticated 2.0-litre engine performs like a six-cylinder but with the fuel economy of a four.
It puts out 175kW and 353Nm, better than six-cylinder engines of just a few years ago, and accelerates as quickly as its equivalent six-cylinder sibling. The performance always feels strong and responsive around town, and it eats up country kilometres with ease.
The lighter engine means less weight over the front wheels, resulting in better steering feel and well-balanced handling. It also has a comfortable, compliant ride.
Limited tow capacity
The one area where the EcoBoost can’t match the six-cylinder models is towing ability. It’s limited to 1600 kilograms while the six-cylinder versions can pull up to 2300 kilograms.
EcoBoost continues Falcon’s roomy general comfort, with model grades and equipment levels similar to its six-cylinder siblings. But it also has those awkward Falcon traits owners have learned to live with over the years, such as the restrictive door openings and the odd-shaped boot.