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I recently owned a Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia which was quickly reaching the end of it's life so decided I needed a new car and wanted something with a bit more power and space and as a result I decided to buy a Ford Mondeo LX 1.8L Petrol.
I test drove a model from my local car dealer, which had 92,000 miles on the clock with an almost perfect service history done through a Ford dealer and was up for £1995.
From the very first test drive I knew I wanted the car - the engine was almost silent, ticking over at the perfect RPM and I pulled away...
The car was smooth, pulling away steadily - where I could immediately feel the nice acceptable power of the 1.8L Petrol engine and the engine handled it well, pulling nicely with no horrible roar droaning out.
As I picked up speed and shifted through the gears, each change was as smooth as the last and the car felt lovely.
This is basically the whole thing about the Ford Mondeo LX 1.8, it's a damn good car!
It's great to drive, when you're driving it, it feels like a real car, it feels big and spacious and nice and powerful.
A lot of the power seems to be delivered in the lower gears, so you can pull away quickly and safely, therefore, it seems to be a lot more economical when using it for motorway driving as opposed to the around the town use.
The tank is quite large - costing around about £50 to £60 to fill up and as a whole the fuel economy is not to bad, but as soon as you put your foot down heavily, be prepared to watch the gauge fall very quickly.
The brakes are nice and solid and you feel safe when you use them, even at high speeds.
The 'cockpit' area is nicely set out, with all four windows and wind mirrors being electric, with a heated front and rear screen.
There is also a handy lock which can be used for the rear windows so curious children cant play with the windows.
There is plenty of storage including a glasses holder next to the interior light and a bulky storage area in the middle console, which can take some getting used to as it can occassionally get in the way a bit.
The body is solid and there is airbags all over the place - a reassuring prospect for families.
All in all its a very good, trustworthy car, which i would definately suggest to anyone considering to buying one and its not to expensive to run, tax or insure.