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New top-of-the-range diesel Mondeo makes a typically capable, but slightly coarse, family hatchback

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

What is it?

The successor to another victim of European emissions regulations. Our favourite Ford Mondeo, the 2.2-litre 173bhp TDCi diesel, has bitten the dust, and been replaced by a smaller capacity diesel offering lower carbon emissions and EURO V compatability: this is it, the new 161bhp 2.0-litre TDCI Mondeo.

In making it EURO V compliant, Ford has fitted its 2.0-litre diesel engine with new injectors and a higher pressure commonrail injection system. The engine’s inlet manifold and exhaust gas recirculation system have been redesigned for faster warmup and better turbo response.

The result in this the most powerful oil-burning Mondeo now available is 161bhp and 251lb ft of torque: outputs that look less than generous next to those of the old 2.2, which served up 173bhp and 310lb ft on overboost, but that are counter-balanced by significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions.

What’s it like?

On our test route, Ford’s new high-output 2.0-litre TDCi performed willingly when roused. At idle – below 3000rpm, even – it’s a quiet and well-mannered engine, and when called upon, certainly provides urgent enough force.

Less impressive is the engine’s vocal coarseness above 3000rpm, and its relative lack of torque at lazier crank speeds. You do have to work this engine quite hard to feel the benefit of its extra helping of power and torque relative to Ford’s standard 138bhp diesel, and its combustion growl becomes borderline intrusive as you do so.

Its fuel economy isn’t brilliant, either: the 33mpg average we recorded is a way from Ford’s 50.4mpg claim, but it may be partly excused because our test car had done fewer than 100 miles, and because our test route was mainly urban.

The rest of this Mondeo’s performance is familiar and impressive, however - with one caveat. It handles and steers with class-leading precision and fluency, despite being one of the biggest and heaviest cars in its segment – but the sport suspension of our test car removed some of the Mondeo’s trademark absorbency from this car’s ride quality; we certainly wouldn’t opt for it.

Ford’s Powershift twin clutch gearbox is worth opting for, though. It doesn’t make the Mondeo any more economical or lower on CO2 than an equivalent manual, but certainly shifts more quickly than a conventional auto, and every bit as smoothly, and effectively takes much of the drudgery out of town mileage.

Should I buy one?

If you must buy right now, yes, because the Mondeo remains at the very head of its segment in all the ways that matter, and although this one isn’t as silky and effortless to drive as the outgoing Mondeo 2.2, it’s certainly very good.

Still, if you can afford to wait until the autumn to splash your cash, we’d recommend it. That’s because this particular new diesel Mondeo has come along just a few months before Ford’s first mid-life facelift of the whole Mondeo range.

That means the Blue Oval is currently working on a revised version of this car, and you can bet your Christmas bonus that’ll be better-handling, more refined and more economical.

Which isn’t to say that this car isn’t worth your money: just a warning that, before too long at all, it’ll probably look slightly less worth it.

Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X

Price: £24,395; Top speed: 134mph; 0-62mph: 9.5sec; Economy: 50.4mpg; C02: 149g/km; Kerbweight: 1587kg; Engine type: 1997cc, 4 cyl in-line, turbodiesel; Power: 161bhp at 3750rpm; Torque: 251lb ft at 2000-3250rpm; Gearbox: 6spd twin clutch semi-auto

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28 July 2010

yesterday we got a review of a 5 series for 28k with a 2 litre diesel, which comes with leather and does 60 in little more than 8 seconds. today Ford offer us a Mondeo for slightly less that takes 9.5 seconds.

I know no one will pay anything like the asking price, but come on Ford get real, if BMW can offer us the 5 series for 28k, you have to make this Mondeo much less than 20k.

28 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The successor to another victim of European emissions regulations.[/quote]

It should say:

[quote Autocar]The successor to another criminal offender of European emissions regulations.[/quote]

By Autocars statement we can now assume they support the old technology and engines that kill so many innocent lives each year. They see the particulates and NOx as innocent victims of Euro law, and see the regulations as something that is a bad thing and not to be welcomed.

This is poor, and almost has a terrorist attitude to public health. The police should investigate this type of mentality.

28 July 2010

[quote artill]I know no one will pay anything like the asking price, but come on Ford get real, if BMW can offer us the 5 series for 28k, you have to make this Mondeo much less than 20k.[/quote]

Very true indeed! Most people are snobs to some degree - would be interesting to ask the average punter which they would prefer. I am sure that you could option up the Mondeo to at least the base price of the BMW and even if you pointed out the extra features of the Mondeo over the BMW I reckon the vast majority would plump for the Bimmer!

28 July 2010

8 grand is a hell of a lot of money to 'most punters' though. So it's a bit pointless. Most people wont be paying 20K for it, after discount, whereas discount on a Beemer is near impossible. And you can spec up to way over the basic price if you want. Golf, Focus, Insignia etc. You can just as easily spec an Insignia or whatever to 28k if you were daft enough.

The price difference doesn't sound much, but if you aint got 28k then you aint got it. Besides, a lot of these will be fleet purchases where you don't have a choice to buy the BMW.

28 July 2010

compared to 2.0 petrol titanium x

Extra cost to buy£2,640
Saving per 1000 miles£49.51
Miles to break even53,324
Time to break even
at 12,000 miles per year
4 years

28 July 2010

Ford quotes kerbweight as 1587kgs minimum with 90% fuel and 75kgs of driver included.

How do you get 1573kgs?

edit:

ah i have seen what you have done, 1573kgs is for the 140ps version and in Edge trim specification, a different car.

28 July 2010

[quote beachland2]

compared to 2.0 petrol titanium x

Extra cost to buy£2,640
Saving per 1000 miles£49.51
Miles to break even53,324
Time to break even
at 12,000 miles per year
4 years
[/quote] Zzzzz and for co car users????? Zzzzz

Back to FWD Sad

28 July 2010

Ford has a long history of introducing a new engine, or a variant of a model, just months before a model range is facelifted. I feel sorry for the punters who find out a few months later that their car is obsolete. Clever and canny marketing by Ford.

28 July 2010

It's probably a testament to how good Fords have become over the last 15 years that this is the most negative review of a new model that I have read in a long, long time. And it is hardly a complete slaggin off.

And yes, it is about time that the list price/invoice price thing was resolved by Ford and a lot of other manufacturers, if only because the company car tax regime is based on list price and makes this a comparatively expensive option for fleet drivers.

28 July 2010

[quote beachland2]

compared to 2.0 petrol titanium x

Extra cost to buy £2,640
Saving per 1000 miles £49.51
Miles to break even 53,324
Time to break even
at 12,000 miles per year
4 years

[/quote]

You wouldn't like working for my employer then.. choosing petrols is totally 'Verboten' if you get my drift.

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