Ford Mondeo Road Test

Ford Mondeo
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Ford Mondeo Review

Ford Mondeo ReviewFord Mondeo Review | Part Two

The new Mondeo has grown up but rather than showing its age

If you go for the top-of-the-range, Titanium X, it will arrive with a keyless start system, where the ignition barrel is replaced by a button bearing the legend, ‘Ford Power’. Keyless entry, however, will add £175 to the price.

The smallest of the Duratec, petrol engines is the 1.6i options, which comes with two power outputs of 110PS and 125PS, both are mated to a 5-speed manual, gearbox. The other alternatives are a 2.0i (145 PS), a 2.5i, 220PS and a 2.3i unit should be added to the list, any time now.

There are two Duratorq, TDCi, diesel engines; the 1.8 again has two power outputs of 100 PS and 125 PS and a 2.0 unit also in 130 PS and 140 PS formats. The test car housed the latter with Ford’s 6-speed, Durashift transmission.

In the hatch, this combination allows the car to sprint from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph. Actually, those statistics apply to the saloon as well, as do the fuel consumption figures of; 37.2, 57.6 and 47.9mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined, respectively.

Maximum power of 140 PS occurs at 4,000rpm and the peak torque of 320Nm between 1,750 and 2,240rpm and there’s an overboost feature that can temporarily increase the torque to 340Nm, when required.

On the road, the new Mondeo feels solid, smooth and surprisingly agile for what is now, a large car. The torque and power makes the car responsive and flexible gearing makes the driving, very easy.

As the new car has a wider track, front and rear, it is also very stable on fast bends. This is helped by the suspension system and very stiff body. Active safety systems, designed to help to avoid an accident are listed as the ubiquitous ABS with EBD, and an enhanced ESP system, which includes Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) for the times when the brake pedal is not pressed hard enough. Depending on the trim level, available options include Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert - an audio/visual collision warning system, IVDC, which stands for Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control with Continuously Controlled Damping and Hill Launch Assist.

If all of these fail to help the driver avoid a collision, the passive safety features will help to mitigate the damage. The Mondeo now has a driver’s knee-bag, as well as six other airbags. The new car retains the so-called ‘stroking’ steering column that moves away from the driver in the event of an accident but this has been improved for 2007.

The new Mondeo has grown up but rather than showing its age, it has taken on a new lease of life and that can only be good for both the company and its customers. The test car was priced at £21,645 but prices range from £14,995 for the Edge 1.6i hatch to £24,195 for the 2.5i Titanium X, estate.

18 June 2007 Melanie Carter
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Ford Mondeo Road Test Data
Model ReviewedFord Mondeo 5-dr 2.0 TDCi Titanium X
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourThunder Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.5 Seconds
Top Speed 130 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban37.2 mpg
Extra Urban57.6 mpg
Combined47.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group9
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 18/06/07)£21,645

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