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Car reviews - Ford - Falcon - Futura 5-dr wagon

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Ford logo7 May 2003

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

HOLDEN COMMODORE 4D WAGON (1996-1997)
THE VS II Acclaim wagon is such a close competitor to the Futura it is almost a dead-heat. The Holden has slightly less interior space and equipment although dual airbags are standard. Where the Acclaim scores is better handling and good fuel economy, plus a competitive 147kW from the 3.8-litre V6 engine.

MITSUBISHI MAGNA 4D WAGON (1997-1999)
THE TE/TF Magna does not quite match its Ford and Holden rivals for interior space. It scores with a smooth and refined 3.0-litre, 120kW V6, competitive equipment level and well sorted suspension providing good handling and ride with minimal body roll or understeer.

TOYOTA VIENTA 4D WAGON (1995-1997)
THE Vienta wagon's unusual rear end styling will not appeal to some people but otherwise it is a worthy rival. The hi-tech 3.0- litre, twin cam V6 has good fuel economy and a competitive 139kW power output. Equipment and on-road behaviour are good although the ride does not quite match the Magna.

SUBARU LIBERTY 4D WAGON (1994-1998)
THE Subaru can not compete on size but it does have four-wheel drive which gives it exceptional grip and light off-road ability. The equipment level is competitive and the 2.2-litre engine is a good compromise between performance and fuel economy.

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