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Fuel-efficient model hits the mark in every area

Our Verdict

Ford Mondeo 2007-2014

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

25 June 2009

What is it?

This is the Mondeo Econetic, the third member of Ford’s economy range after the Fiesta and the Focus. It is fitted with a number of fuel saving measures such as low resistance tyres, an optimum gearchange indicator and a tweaked ECU for slightly less power but improved efficiency. A lowered sports suspension and air deflectors reduce drag.

What’s it like?

Despite the lowered suspension the Mondeo rides incredibly well, which is perfect for all those trips up and down the country that fleet Econetics will be tasked with. There is enough low-end torque to make good progress even when short-shifting, as dictated by the blinking green shift light.

The tyres tend to break away sooner than on the standard model, giving way to understeer, but otherwise the Mondeo is composed and fluid through the bends. In fact, after a few miles the Econetic’s relaxed nature tempts you into a similar driving style. The 113bhp 2.0-litre diesel is also quiet and effortlessly smooth, which adds to the refinement.

Ford claims a combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg, rising to 64.2mpg on the motorway. On a 30 mile test route mostly consisting town driving and country lanes the dashboard read-out showed a respectable 41mpg.

Should I buy one?

Yes. Mondeos are stylish and spacious and more than capable of taking on pricier German rivals, with none of the big Ford’s qualities being too far compromised in the Econetic. The car comes at a small premium but this can be easily recuperated by the savings on fuel.

Ollie Stallwood

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26 June 2009

*Waiting for people to start slating this, as its slower, less efficent, a hell of alot worse on CO2 and almost as expencive as the new 316d, which has been given a hammering on these boards*

hello? anyone...............???

26 June 2009

'The tyres tend to break away sooner than on the standard model'. You might regret trying to save a few pennies when you're sitting in the hedge.

26 June 2009

Looks somewhat under wheeled from the picture.

 

 

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

26 June 2009

I know it's been said before but why can't Ford & VW just introduce the Econetic/Blue Motion tweaks across the range like BMW does with efficient dynamics? I think BMW leads the way here (and has done for some time) and deserves some credit, for a change.

26 June 2009

So, Autocar: there is a 125bhp version also on sale (for longer) of the 1.8 diesel engine. This 125bhp version is faster and also cheaper. Perhaps you could tell us why there is now a 2.0l version available?

26 June 2009

1600-odd kgs and they fiddle about with tyres and gear ratios? Why is this car so heavy?

27 June 2009

[quote Dan McNeil]1600-odd kgs and they fiddle about with tyres and gear ratios? Why is this car so heavy[/quote]

Have you seen the size of the car though? It's HUGE. Agree with the overall idea of weight saving though - my 99 accord isn't a long, tall or wide, but is from the same "class" as the older Mondeos - it weighs 1400kg (max). My old 98 5dr Civic weighed 1150kg which is barely more than a top spec Fiesta - which is praised for having reduced weight!

All car manufacturers must think really carefully about weight. The use of high tensile steel. Customers are not going to want to drop aircon (I won't - I like my windows and sunroof, but they're not always the best option), yet you can make the same savings through looking at the weight of the seat frames and dash architecture. Have you ever lifted up an electric, heated seat? Weigh almost as much as the backside sitting on it! I reckon on something like the Mondeo they could knock 200kg without touching noise insulation material. Some stuff must be left - ABS, aircon etc, but even the wiring they do is wasteful and heavy.

Just think - all the advances in aerodynamics, "stop-start", low resistance tyres, low friction oils, direct injection etc - combine that with proper weight saving and you'd be laughing!

A volvo S40 (smaller) weighs 1400kg and does 72mpg... imagine whacking 150kg off. The more weight you remove the more you can remove - 50-100kg might mean you can redude brake disc size - may save another 10kg on top of it!

27 June 2009

[quote theonlydt]

[quote Dan McNeil]1600-odd kgs and they fiddle about with tyres and gear ratios? Why is this car so heavy[/quote]

 

Have you seen the size of the car though? It's HUGE. Agree with the overall idea of weight saving though - my 99 accord isn't a long, tall or wide, but is from the same "class" as the older Mondeos - it weighs 1400kg (max). My old 98 5dr Civic weighed 1150kg which is barely more than a top spec Fiesta - which is praised for having reduced weight!

[/quote] Good post. I'm baffled as to why weight saving is being ignored as a serious means to achieving greater efficiencies. Aircon - I wouldn't give it up...well, not willingly. Plus, there's quite a bit of research out there to indicate that it improves driver safety. Other stuff though - electric seats (why?) need to be binned.

27 June 2009

Are these eco wotsit things really worth over £20k? Seems like alot of cash to me.

27 June 2009

Seems to be a very good car the Mondeo Econetic but I'm weary of the price - but these cars are very fuel effiecient and probably will sell quite well dispite the price I certainly can see more of these Econetic cars coming.

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