The biggest problem with the AU was the droopy and dovetailed in, back end. It looked very sad from the rear.
The front end on many, had ridiculous grilles Forte, Fairmont.
The XR' s look OK in the front but again the rear was a disappointment.
Interior wise, the switchgear felt and looked cheap and the general ambience befitted a Taxi - this is of course on the cheaper models.
As far as driving though, they are every bit as good as the Commodores - better in some aspects a little worse in others eg ride better in base Commodore than base Falcon -steering a bit better in the Ford than the Commodore.
It was the looks that killed the AU. The BA from any angle is a much better look.
The Game is Forever..............