Ford Sierra XR4i and XR4x4 (1983 – 1992) Review

Ford Sierra XR4i and XR4x4 (1983 – 1992) At A Glance

+Easy V6 power, good to drive, sophisticated four-wheel drive system

-Two-wheel drive car has less finesse, and is less fun than a Capri with the same engine

When it was launched, the Sierrra struggled to gain acceptance with a conservative buying public. In the UK, fleet buyers sought out run-out Cortinas, and their reps wanted to keep hold of them. Over the next couple of years, the Sierra eventally caught the public’s imagination, helped in no small part by the boisterous XR4i.

The bewinged oversized hot hatchback was the first of the performance-orientated Sierras, and endured something of a tough gig. It was on sale alongside the identically-engined and slightly quicker accelerating Capri Injection - and in terms of price, it fought more sophsticated rivals, such as the Audi Coupe. But its fuel-injected 2994cc V6 Cologne guaranteed easy performance, while its three-door bodyshell with slightly bizarre multi-pillared rear windows, and prominent double rear spoiler, was enough to guaranteed a 130mph maximum speed.

In 1985, Ford introduced the XR4x4, a four-wheel drive version. The new car wore the standard five-door (and later, estate car) bodyshell, and combined with wide RS alloys, it looked suitable subtle to give the right impression to more discerning executive car buyers. The XR4x4 went to to be an enduring success - a relief after the early wobbles with the three-door car.

Ask Honest John

How much is my 1968 Ford Sierra XR4i/4x4 worth?

"How much is my 1968 Ford Sierra XR4i/4x4 worth? Where would be the best place for me to sell it?"
Without knowing much about the condition, the mileage and the history of this car, it's impossible to put a value on it. Projects with an MoT can go for about a grand, while very good examples can be seen on dealers' forecourts for around £5000. Selling privately will often allow you to maximise the value of the vehicle, but if you can't face the hassle then you could approach a local classic dealer to sell it (on commission) or put it through an auction house (make sure you ask about all the fees involved).
Answered by Keith Moody

What is the likelihood of the DVLA revoking a penalty for not declaring SORN on my Sierra XR4x4?

"Since 1990 I have owned a 1988 Ford Sierra XR 4X4 that I used for many years in connection with my business. Consequently, I showed my office address as being applicable in relation to all queries for tax and insurance of this vehicle and all correspondence was correctly dealt with from there. Since my retirement and for the last four years, the car has been off the road and has been, at all times, garaged at my home. It is currently there with the tyres partially deflated and the battery removed. The relevant SORN notice has been completed each year and I have evidence of this. Although I retired, I still owned my office building and any correspondence was duly handed to me on my frequent visits to the building and the relevant SORN declaration completed. As a result of the office being completely modernised by a new tenant, I did not receive the reminder for the road tax that fell due at the end of December 2012 and this was probably destroyed by the building contractors who treated it as rubbish as my name would not be known to them. However, when the Penalty Notice was issued in March, the new tenant recognised my name and forwarded it to me. I have made an appeal against this and have truthfully explained the circumstances that are applicable but my appeal has been rejected. Do I stand any chance of making an appeal that, if rejected, will compound the current penalty amount?"
You are dealing with people who run a system according to a set of rules so I doubt you will be let off the fine. But two things occur to me: You should keep a diary of everything that needs to be renewed. The DVLA is not actually bound to send you a VED or SORN reminder, but does so out of courtesy. Also, there is no reason why you should not re-register the car to your home address, where it is actually kept.
Answered by Honest John
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