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Old 04-07-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Holden Ute SV6 LPG

From $41,990 plus on-road and dealer costs. 3.6-litre V6 dedicated LPG; 180kW/320Nm; 6-sp auto; 12.4L/100km and 200g/km CO2; RWD
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More expensive than the XR6 but has dual-zone climate control and 18-inch alloys. Full bodykit, foglights, tonneau cover and USB and Bluetooth connectivity but misses out on Falcon's sports bar and projector headlamps. Stability control and six airbags standard.
Inside
Darker dash finishes and less-exciting interior finishes. Touchscreen media unit is simple and intuitive but stereo's sound quality is not as good as Ford. Seats are comfortable, supportive and have a one-touch folding lever. Decent storage.
Engine
Less power than the regular petrol engine and considerably less than the Ford but doesn't feel lacking. Six-speed auto can fumble with gears. Fuel use is officially rated 1.5 litres per 100 kilometres lower than the XR6 but we saw a gap closer to 4.0L/100km. Fuel tank capacity is 84.4 litres.
How it drives
Feels more car-like to drive. The ride is comfortable, considering it's fitted with sports suspension and bigger wheels (the tyres are the same profile). Steering is lighter but feels more consistent. Holds the road more than the Ford, cornering better and doesn't feel as skittish at the rear.
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Only a 1600-kilogram towing capacity but boasts a bigger payload at 633kg. Longer and wider tray. No spare wheel available due to the ute's revised exhaust system it comes with a tyre repair kit only.
Verdict
More economical and better to drive but expensive and no spare wheel.


Ford Falcon XR6 Ute EcoLPi




From $38,190 plus on-road and dealer costs. 4.0-litre 6-cyl dedicated LPG; 198kW/409Nm;
6-sp auto; 13.9L/100km and 226g/km CO2; RWD
Value
Costs $3800 less but is similarly equipped. Gets 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB with iPod integration, sports seats, a full bodykit, tray liner, tonneau cover, alloy sports bar, projector headlights and foglights. Four airbags and stability control standard.
Inside
Feels more posh in comparison thanks to plush, textured materials on the doors and seats, while silver finishes across the dash add flair. Touchscreen media system can be fidgety but sound is good. Finicky flip-down seat mechanism. Storage includes a large covered centre console.
Engine
More power and feels perkier. Six-speed auto transmission makes better use of the power, too, with quick, smooth changes. It's thirstier on paper and in real-world driving. We didn't see anything lower than 15.0L/100km across a mix of driving. Fuel tank capacity is 86 litres.
How it drives
Sports suspension can be harsh, especially with an unladen tub. It can crash over big bumps and feels less settled over rippled surfaces. The steering is well weighted but can be fidgety at high speeds. It sits fairly flat through corners but the back end can be unsettled. More road noise.
Work ethic
Cab sits separate to tray but it has a lower 488kg payload. Tray shorter and narrower. Higher 2300kg towing capacity. Gets a 16-inch steel spare wheel a plus for those who use it for work. Cheaper cab-chassis model also available with higher 755kg payload.


Verdict
Cheaper and more powerful but does guzzle the gas.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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All these L/kms and kws and nms. I got absolutely nothing out of this article.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #3
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All these L/kms and kws and nms. I got absolutely nothing out of this article.
And they're cars we don't get.
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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thats more useless than the baja was.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:58 AM   #5
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And they're cars we don't get.
What is your point?
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:54 AM   #6
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Too bad the performance version of the Falcon wasn't here in the US.:-[
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:34 AM   #7
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thats more useless than the baja was.
Maybe to Americans, but I was in New Zealand last year and they are very popular there. I even saw one that had four doors and a bed. In addition, trailer hitches are very popular.
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I beleive you see more UTEs (and cars) there and almost everywhere else with tow hitches (and they use them!) because they respect the lower/graduated speed limit for "cars" towing over a certain weight.

In the US, the lawyers just say "no towing over X lbs" to:

1) avoid having to institute a lower speed limit on the highways
2) avoid having to train people how to slow the **** down when towing with their car.

It's all a matter of education and expectation.

Example: The towing limit for an Impreza in the US is 2000 lbs. Elsewhere it's more than 2x that.... because they will slow down.

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