Ford Falcon – A Blend of Practicality and Kiwi Heritage

AutoTrader NZ
Published 4 April 2023
The Ford Falcon is a full-sized car that was manufactured by Ford Australia from 1960 to 2016. Although production ceased in 2016, many used Falcons are still in circulation, continuing to be popular among enthusiasts and families alike. In this review, we'll take a practical approach to dissect what makes the Ford Falcon a car worth considering.

History of the Ford Falcon

  • Early Beginnings: Launched in 1960 as a full-sized car, the Ford Falcon was initially an economical alternative to bigger, fuel-inefficient vehicles.
  • Evolution: As the years progressed, the Falcon grew in size and power. In 1972, Ford Australia took the helm of production, molding the Falcon into a truly unique vehicle.
  • Final Years: The Falcon continued to evolve until 2016. Throughout its lifespan, it was available in various body styles, including sedans, wagons, and utility vehicles.

A Kiwi Connection: Ford Falcon's Dominance in New Zealand Motorsport

  • Fun Fact: The Falcon has been a stalwart in New Zealand's touring car scene, especially in the V8 Supercars Championship.
  • Scott McLaughlin: The Christchurch-born driver, Scott McLaughlin, secured a place in motorsport history by becoming the youngest driver to win a race in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2014, driving a Ford Falcon FG. This victory endeared the Falcon to Kiwi motorsport enthusiasts and etched it into New Zealand's motorsport legacy.

Tech Specs Comparison: Falcon XR6 vs Falcon XR8 (Based on the Ford Falcon FG X)

Specification Falcon XR6 Falcon XR8
Engine 4.0L Inline 6 5.0L Supercharged V8
Transmission 6-speed automatic or manual 6-speed automatic or manual
Fuel Efficiency (L/100km) 9.0 - 11.7 13.6
Towing Capacity (kg) 2,300 2,300
Infotainment System SYNC 2 with 8-inch touchscreen SYNC 2 with 8-inch touchscreen
Safety Features 6 airbags, ESC, ABS 6 airbags, ESC, ABS
Interior Features Dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable seats, ample storage Dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable seats, ample storage
Boot Space (liters) 535 535

Stand Out Reasons to Buy a Ford Falcon

  1. Engine Performance: Robust engine options satisfying power needs.
  2. Spacious Interior: Ample legroom and a roomy boot ideal for families.
  3. Reliability and Durability: Known for reliability and high mileage capability.
  4. Aftermarket and Spare Parts Availability: Easy maintenance and customization.
  5. Towing Capability: Excellent for towing trailers or caravans.
  6. Australian Heritage: Owning a piece of Australian automotive history.

Practical Considerations

  • Fuel Consumption: Consider fuel costs due to the powerful engines.
  • Size: May be cumbersome in tight parking spaces.
  • Insurance: Potentially higher insurance costs for certain models.


The Ford Falcon is a compelling choice for those seeking performance, space, reliability, and a connection to New Zealand's motorsport heritage. The XR6 is ideal for those looking for a balance between power and efficiency, while the XR8 offers exhilarating performance for enthusiasts. Weigh the benefits against fuel consumption and size to make an informed decision. Here’s to embracing a car with a rich legacy and practical features. Happy driving.

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