Other than a new model falcon and/or xr, with that kind of money, you could go a late model telstar tx5, say a '95, '96 model.
Chuck some mags on it, and you'll turn heads, and these things are suprisingly fast. Great interior, you can get them in either manual or auto, power windows, cruise control, airbags 2.5ltr V6.
This car is identical to a Mazda 626 of the same time, apart from a couple of aesthetic differences, but man, I love these cars. I was going to buy one, but then I got given a EA fairmont from my parents, so I'm doing that up a little.
Neways, with the Telstar you'll get minimal technical/build quality problems with it being the last of the series/model. The Telstar was discontinued in '96 due to ford wanting to globalise the use of the mondeo.
You'll get great fuel economy/performance ratio, considering the 2.5 litre V6. This thing produces around 120kw, but weighs around 1250kg, and does a 0-100 in around 8 to 8.5 seconds even with an auto. It basically keeps up with XR6 from the same era, but it's something different.
It's comfortable, it's got all the standard features of a mid-luxury car, performance of an XR6, it's something different, so you'll turn heads, if u do it up right, and you'll still be driving a ford (so to speak!)
The only problem is the front wheel drive. If this car was a rear wheel drive, it would kick arse.. much like the magna....
NEway, Hope I was of some help..