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Super-frugal new 1.6 diesel, with stop-start, drops neatly into ubiquitous family Ford

Our Verdict

Ford Mondeo 2007-2014
The Ford Mondeo is a well developed all-rounder that shines with its handling and finish

The Ford Mondeo is a fine car in most areas. The family hatch is still a class leader even as its replacement nears

22 May 2011

What is it?

This new Mondeo 1.6 Duratorg is, in effect, a traditional car with a modern appetite. It’s big enough to carry lots of kids, dogs and luggage; despite solid depreciation, while delivering spectacular fuel economy, without any serious performance penalty. It takes you back to days when Mondeo-class cars cars were what everyone bought, before Golf/Focus-sized cars got roomier and more capable, premium manufacturers started offering cheaper cars and SUVs and MPVs got into the act.

What’s it like?

It’s a thoroughly likeable car, and not bad value. Things have stabilised lately as mass manufacturers have lifted their cars’ quality and equipment — and started achieving amazing results on economy. The new 114 bhp Mondeo 1.6 DCTi Titanium X (equipped with stop-start) is the perfect case in point: suddenly this spacious and well equipped family car can return the deeply impressive combined cycle fuel figure of 65.7 mpg, along with CO2 emissions of just 114g/km, which puts it securely in the zero VED band. Real world economy in all but the most difficult crawling traffic should be well into the 50s.

The great seems to cause no penalty in performance terms. The 1.6 Mondeo can still cruise easily with motorway traffic in its high sixth gear, or accelerate from zero to 60 mph in around 11.6 seconds, if you insist. Top speed is 118 mph. More important than any actual figure is the fact that the car feels both energetic enough for decent open-road passing, and flexible for dribbling smoothly around down. And it’s around 100 kg lighter than biger-capacity diesels. There is certainly no feeling that it’s underpowered. The engine is unobtrusive, too, which further aids the car’s role as a family cruiser: the 70 litre tank gives it a prodigious touring range around 750 miles.

Handling? Fords have been among the market’s best driver’s cars for several decades now — and it was a Mondeo model that showed how good they could become. The steering is beautifully weighted, the ride is well-damped but flat and quiet. Choose bigger wheels than 17-inch carefully, though. They firm things up quite a bit, perhaps too much for some.

Should I buy one?

It’s a serious proposition, if you need an economical large car. Our test car had an impressive array of Titanium X gadgetry (the only gizmo you truly need is the £1250 touch-screen navigation), which make the smallest-engined Mondeo diesel a viable and sensible choice the many people who value economy as much as they need comfort and space. This is a former star that deserves rediscovery.

Ford Mondeo Titanium X 1.6DCTi

Price: £24,295; Top speed: 118 mph; 0-62mph: 11.6 sec; Economy: 65.7 mpg; CO2: 114 g/km; Kerbweight: 1500 kg; Engine type, cc: 4cyl 16v diesel; Power: 114bhp at 3600rpm; Torque: 210lb ft; Gearbox: 6-speed manual

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25 May 2011

That Mondeo just looks cheap in my opinion yet the only thing not cheap about it is the price tag. Near on 25k for a 1.6 diesel Mondeo? I don't care if it is very efficient, at that price you're looking at 6-12 month old 5 series,A6 avant or better yet a Volvo XC70 for that price! Who are Ford trying to con with the price of the thing! I know that in 8 months time it will be worth as much as a shoe but even still 25k is some amount of money for what you are getting!

25 May 2011

[quote timmmmy]That Mondeo just looks cheap in my opinion yet the only thing not cheap about it is the price tag. Near on 25k for a 1.6 diesel Mondeo? I don't care if it is very efficient, at that price you're looking at 6-12 month old 5 series,A6 avant or better yet a Volvo XC70 for that price! Who are Ford trying to con with the price of the thing! I know that in 8 months time it will be worth as much as a shoe but even still 25k is some amount of money for what you are getting![/quote]

This car is so under my radar I didn't even realise they still made it! No doubt a fleet sellr but £25k????

25 May 2011

£25k is for the titaniumx version - one that doesn't sell well and why would you want every conceivable extra? Get yourself the Zetec, list price £20k. You can pick them up for £16k without trying very hard. Suddenly for Golf 1.6 money you have a car that's significantly bigger and still economical. Not bad.

25 May 2011

[quote theonlydt]£25k is for the titaniumx version - one that doesn't sell well and why would you want every conceivable extra? Get yourself the Zetec, list price £20k. You can pick them up for £16k without trying very hard. Suddenly for Golf 1.6 money you have a car that's significantly bigger and still economical. Not bad[/quote]

Not to mention 13% company car tax which is sure to have every fleet in the country knocking on Ford's door. Though I think VW now offer a 2.0 140ps TDI Passat which also falls in the 13% bracket; more power, similar tax, but I would struggle to live with the blandness of a Passat.

25 May 2011

Saw one of these in the flesh at the weekend and it didn't look bad. Granted, with it's tack on body kit it is a little less well resolved than some of it's German competitors but the kit makes it look quite purposeful.

The figure of £25k is excessive for a car of this type but discounting as ever will play it's part. Personally though, anyone who buys a car like this new (as a private individual) is a mug. I would guess that its sales will be 99% fleet and even then in the one percentile of private sales I am sure there can't be anyone out there that MUST have this car now and couldn't wait for a couple of months. Much better value as a six to twelve month old ex demo.

With regards to the spec, I have to agree with theonlydt. A Zetec is a far better choice for value for money if you have to buy new - or indeed as an option on a fleet list.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

25 May 2011

£25k - 1.6 tdci in a car that size ?!? 11.6 seconds 0-60.....no thanks.

I appreciate nobody runs around doing 0-60 from the lights but it is representative of overall performance and I simply couldn't accept driving around in a car that slow, especially not if i was spending (lets say) £21k of my hard earned on it!

It is also looking long in the tooth now the mondeo

25 May 2011

Ref the OP, you could indeed fit lots of kids in it (though not as many as lots of (smaller) 5 + 2 MPV's), but when you get to the car park of where you're going they'll all have to climb out of the hatch 'cause this barge is so inapropropriately big you can't get the doors open in a UK parking space.

25 May 2011

I've not seen a new Mondeo in ages, i actually forgot all about it and no wonder at this price thats small executive 3 series c class money and even still judging by what i see on the roads the Insignia is making mincemeat out of it in the sales figures.

25 May 2011

Sounds interesting - potentially a good option for anyone needing to seat 4 adults in comfort and keep the Company Car tax liability down. I hope my local Ford dealer will put one on as a demonstrator - I must admit to worrying that the 1.6 litre diesel Mondeo will feel underpowered ad would not buy without a proper test drive.. But in fairness to Ford, not too many years back a 115bhp output was regarded as pretty respectable for a 2-litre diesel and endowed big, heavy cars such as the Audi A6 or Peugeot 605 with decent performance. Yes, of course you can get a very tax-efficient BMW 3-series for only slightly more money, but try getting two six-foot teenagers to sit for 6 hours at a stretch in the back of one of those!

25 May 2011

[quote rodenal]

£25k - 1.6 tdci in a car that size ?!? 11.6 seconds 0-60.....no thanks.

I appreciate nobody runs around doing 0-60 from the lights but it is representative of overall performance and I simply couldn't accept driving around in a car that slow, especially not if i was spending (lets say) £21k of my hard earned on it!

[/quote]

Except it's not that representative of overall performance. It has plenty of torque so for everyday driving it will probably feel quite responsive - certainly better than a 2.0 petrol Mondeo (without a turbo).

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