From £17,850
Improvements help push the excellent Mondeo closer to more premium rivals

Our Verdict

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

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8 September 2010

Looks like a good car but will be an excellent one second hand .

8 September 2010

[quote Autocar]

Many will struggle to accept that a Mondeo can be worth this price


Well a Insignia Elite with only 160PS is £27,095 RRP according to their site without any options.

A Passat Highline Plus with a 170PS engine with options to bring it close to the same spec (but missing a bit) is £26,900 RRP

8 September 2010

Interior looks vastly better, although the steering wheel is still Amstrad so well done Ford and the new engine is finally competitive.

Question is, considering there is no rocket science in a decent power output engine and some good plastics / soundproofiing - why wasn't it like this in the first place?

8 September 2010

This Mondeo hasn't aged well and isn't as good-looking as the previous model in ST form. The tweaks seem to have improved it but I'm not sure it'll prevent this car from ageing fast.

The engine is a good development and I'd like to see it in the current Focus again in ST clothing, perhaps as an end of line model before the new Focus arrives next year.

9 September 2010

Liking the improvements to engine, soundproofing and (most of) the interior look/feel.

From the outside the car still looks boring, verging on ugly.

Anyone who needs a car this big and likes Fords should just get an S-Max. Better residuals will easily outweigh slightly higher new prices. Anyone who doesn't need a car this big shouldn't buy either !

When this engine finally gets into the S-Max, complete with Powershift box, then I'll be getting my chequebook out.

9 September 2010

I wonder if JLR will buy this engine to put into the XF ?

9 September 2010

This first drive review is interesting. In all objective respects, this Mondeo appears to be at least the equal (interior ambiance, materials quality, refinement etc.) of the 'premium' competition. in some areas (ride, handling etc.) it would seem to be superior.

The residuals argument is largely irrelevant, as most cars of this class are not purchased by the driver.

The pressure is now on the word 'premium' to explain itself...

9 September 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2]The residuals argument is largely irrelevant, as most cars of this class are not purchased by the driver.[/quote]

That may be true, but the residuals still affect the lease cost, and you know your fleet manager is looking at that.

9 September 2010

The XF can use this engine as a base model. Will be a good competitor for the 520d, E220 CDi and the A6 2.0TDi 170ps.

Hope it doesn't sound like a tractor though

9 September 2010

Maybe I'm too conservative, but I'd never buy a used diesel car with so high specific output...


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