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Xr6 Vs. Xr5 (Mondeo Or Focus)

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Hey everyone.

Been a long time since I've been on here. I owned (for a couple of years) an 08 FG XR6T ute with all the options. It was a f*cking awesome car and I could hardly fault it.

I got rid of it because it was costing too much and I was living in melbourne without a garage to put it in. (also sold my XB sedan with 230rwkw 351c for the same reason) for a while I just rode my motorbike and drove my missus' excel when required.

I since bought myself an XC ute with 351 on LPG which served as my daily for a while in melbourne after my last motorbike accident (had my bike off the road for ages.)

I have now moved to the country, bought a house and I work about 1.5km from where I live, so the pushy is the daily, and the XC is the weekender/workhorse and the missus' excell is the same piece of sh*t that just does everything you throw at it... poorly, but it does it.

Anywho. boring story over.

My gal and I keep discussing her getting a new car and we were planning on an XR5t focus, because she wanted a smallish car but wanted something that was gutsy as well and had some luxury (would have to have leather), we also keep discussing how awesome my ute was and how it was just cool as hell.

then on Saturday my mate came over with his BF herrod pursuit and after a test drive I came home with a smile ear to ear and we started looking for cars online :P

So the question really is. would I be satisfied with an XR5t or should I just get another 6t?

It's only the 2 of us and our 2 dogs, so a ute is fine, but a sedan would be fine too cause I'll keep the XC for the foreseeable future probably.

Is the mondeo a bit gutless with the 5t donk? is the TDI maybe a better choice?

Our price range is about 25k. so this has me looking at BA/F F6's, FG6t's and 08+ update 5t's. My missus hates the ba/f sedan shape so if it's a sedan it has to be an FG.

wow... long post.

TLDR version:

had/loved my FG 6t ute.

have 25k to spend

should I get a 6t or a 5t.

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Ever considered the MPS 3 ?

Sounds like your into grunt and if your after the rapid, luxury hatch that handles a treat, then the MPS 3 might be what you need ?

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XR5 Focus is a great all rounder but can be small for some people.

XR5 Mondeo has heaps of space, excellent build quality and handles quite well. You may find it a bit slow though. It has good torque and gets along just fine, but not a powerhouse

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Falcon- fast and comfy

Focus- pretty quick, not so comfy on long trips great handling

Mondeo- slug but comfy- very underwhelming to drive and too expensive

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Considering equipment included, I wouldn't say Mondeo is too expensive...plus, you can always throw a flash tune and cooler kit at the XR5...

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thanks for the advice.

I have simmered down from my overwhelming urge to get another high powered ute and my brain has kicked in and reminded me that I already have my ute and we need a smaller more economical car, so it really boils down to XR5 v XR5... unless of course I get excited again.

I have read lots of reviews of the MPS saying it's a bit too aggressive. My missus needs to be able to drive whatever we get... its actually going to be her car, so too aggressive is probably a no go. I'de say FG XR6T ute aggressive would be near the limit.

Does the mondeo handle well? Anyone got any idea how economy compares? Surely the recaro's in the focus would be comfy for long trips? (obviously it needs aftermarket cruise put in, but that's no biggy)

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Id its your missus car id go the mondeo

Why's that?

She did love the XR6t, except for the size of it (she demonstrated this by touching it against the brick pillar of my garage... that made me really happy)

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The mondeo is comfy, feature packed, reliable and will accelerate to 100kph in acceptable time lol they are a good car but by no means performance orientated. Has front and rear reverse sensors, bluetooth, good stereo

Only thing is ve prepared to replace rotors and pads every 45k at a minimum, focuses are the same brakes wear quickly.

Just dont expect falcon or even focus acceleration, they do not feel turbocharged

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I think I really have to just organise some test drives... maybe a diesel mondeo too? A mate of mine has a diesel mazda 3 and it pulls pretty hard.

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I looked at them. Slower than an n/a xr6 and a lot more to buy into. They do feel well built. But fuel ecconomy the way I drive and go were lacking.

Thought the FG interior was nicer...but yes cheaper

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I'm late to this party but wanted to clarify some stuff said earlier.

I have owned my XR5 since December 2011 when I bought it new. Have passed 51,000km in it now. It is not hard on brakes, still have the original brake rotors and pads all the way around. I have not modified the car but don't drive like a granny either.

The Mondeo is around 300kg heavier than the Focus and yet the same engine. The size of the Focus is excellent for around town, I find it fine on long trips (bought it in Brisbane and drove it home to Sydney on day one), the Recaro's are excellent.

Around town returns around 10 litres per 100km even on 95 RON ULP. Hands free phone with voice dialling and other touches make it a very easy car to live with, yet with plenty of poke when needed.

Test drive and odds are you will buy. The Volvo sourced T5 engine is well known for long term reliability if looked after, there are examples on the XR5 Turbo forum with well over 200,000km and modified.

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