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And it shows. Well, just. Mainly when you go round corners - the steering just isn't precise enough for the rest of the car. This is a big bug bear of mine - Ford powered steering, its always too vague, whatever car of theirs you are in. I am fortunate enough to have two Alfas with their fast rack steering, and nothing else i have driven comes close. Alfa show that it IS possible to have power steering with feel, and ford for all their might can't get this. Apart from this the Cougar is fun. It is a big car - being based on the Mondeo, and with its 2.5 V6 is built more for straight line fun ratehr than going round corners. It is also an American design and the exterior shows this. though for an american design it is really quite good - if you have had the misfortune to go there and hire a blob like clone that passes off for American styling you will know what I mean. The interior is not very spacious - this is a coupe after all, and is not finished to everyones likeing with lots of different coloured plastics and ovals everywhere. I quite liked it as it makes a change from montonic grey/blacks. It is quite well equipped with air con etc, though this is quickly becoming standard (from the new year all my beloved Alfa will have it as standard on all their new cars). But the Cougar is a fun drive, in a laid back way - use the power, and don't expect too much out of the handling and you will enjoy it - a lot!
This is a long one - so get comfy ! My partner over a year ago, was always on at me to get a Cougar as she loved the styling, especially when in Silver. So come July'99 I get promoted and I am then lucky enuf to be privvy to a very handsome car policy. So I pursue the Cougar, check out the Net, check out the local dealer, arrange a test drive..WOW The Cougar come in two engine sizes, one a 2ltr as per the Mondeo, and a 2.5ltr v6 24valve 169BHP version also taken from the Mondeo but tweeked to give better performance It was then I found out that the Cougar was built in the USA, and therefore the lead time was quite hefty.... 7 months to be precise ! At the time of order my fleet dealer said 2 , then 3, then 4, then 5 until finally on 31.01.00, the car was available But hey guess wot, in between ordering and receipt, my partner fell pregnant....and guess when the baby was born...31.01.00 (AKA Harry !) Now...one of the things that appealed to me about the Cougar was that it was a Coupe, but one with room in the back....so I never thought to test this as I would ALWAYS be driving. What we failed to think of was how we could get child seat access, as the Cougar is a very low car, with deep buckets seats in the back. We also "assumed" that a new car built in the safety conscious States would benefit from a smart passenger air bag, ie auto detect child seats and adjust reponse accordingly ...or be able to be switched off by driver...but it wasn't !! So we persevered for 2 months but access was v.difficult so I swapped the car for a jeep that was available to me (check my review of Frontera V6 Limited) in the work So in the 2 months I had with the car after waiting a term of pregnancy to get it..this is what IS good about the Cougar Performance - the V6 is fast. 0-60 in 7.5, top speed 140mph fuel consumption is average styling is very raw /poise is great / rea
lly is styled on the cat / cougar I opted for the X pack with leather and s/r....with all the bells and whistles. The result is a great cd system, fantastic dash, with every spare button used, variable traction control ( ie on or OFF !) heated seats premier interior climate control the overall dash is excellent with stalks doing a lot and the climate control easily managed....so not a lot of buttons, but rather multi function ones..therefore electric everything only one cup holder.........in the rear I miss the car, and always check out a v6 in silver when I see it one on the road beautiful car.....but not a family one
I've had my Cougar for over 2 years now, and it's been joy all the way. Being my first car its kind of special, anyway, and should be everyones first. You'll have cool written all over you when driving it! The shell is loosely based on the Puma but what strikes you about this car is that it is more mature than the Puma, it isn't as powerful but will get you from A to B, and on to C. It comes in a wide range of colour but the only one that does it justice is the metallic silver. Sheek, just sheek. The petrol cap features an innovative design to deter thieves, very handy if you live in the city. The inside is very comfortable with all the space you'll ever want. The dashboard is smooth and designed with sleekness in mind - modelled on the cougar. A stereo comes as standard with a CD available through a cheap upgrade. The sound output is Surround Sound, which surprised me as this is a very modern technology. There's loads of boot space for golf clubs and your mum's shopping so this car isn't just something to race up and down the motorway, it's actually practical. This has become really an asset for all Fords. A nifty car but not for those without a hefty bank account. Speed demons will love this.