Comfort, space, versatility, ease of maintainance
Room for improvement
Thirsty engines, skittish dirt road steering, loud drivetrain when pushed
THE EF Falcon, released in August, 1994, was the product of the
most comprehensive interior and exterior upgrade since the
release in 1988 of the EA Falcon on which it is based.
The result was a much improved car in a number of important
Safety was addressed by making a driver side airbag standard
across the range, fitting improved seatbelts including a lap/sash
belt in the centre rear position and strengthening the cabin
structure for better occupant protection.
The Falcon came in four equipment levels - GLi, Futura and the
luxury level Fairmont and Ghia.
The GLi is well equipped for a base level model. It was priced to
attract fleet buyers which it did very successfully as it was one
of the best value for money big cars on the market.
Power steering, remote central locking and electric mirrors were
standard equipment. Ford's Smartlock immobilisation system and an
AM/FM radio cassette with four speakers were also included in the
The 4.0-litre, overhead camshaft, inline six carried over in the
EF with improvements to increase mid-range torque and power while
reducing fuel consumption and noise. The power output is 157kW at
4900rpm with 357Nm of torque at 3000rpm.
The standard transmission is a five-speed manual but most buyers
went for the optional four-speed automatic.
Ford opted for a relatively softly sprung suspension to put ride
comfort, which is very good, ahead of outright handling and
Late 1995 saw the Series 2 EF Falcon released which introduced
changes to the power steering and front suspension to improve
steering feel and handling. A front passenger side airbag also
became available as an option.
One of the Falcon's strong points is the interior which is not
only spacious but looks good and has comfortable, supportive
seats. All the driver, heater and radio controls are logically
arranged and easy to use.
The Falcon's boot is long and wide with a low loading height but
the spare wheel is stored under the floor so it is not very deep.
Long loads are easily accommodated, though, because the rear seat
back is split and folds down flat.
Maintenance costs, which include service, tyres and replacement
of fast wearing parts such as brake pads, are among the lowest of
any car which explains the Falcon's popularity with fleet and
An LP gas system is worth up to $1500 extra if the conversion has
been properly engineered and installed by a company such as
The GLi Falcon's combination of big interior space and
convenience and safety equipment make it one of the best value
for money buys as family transport.