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      03.08.2011 18:48
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      Excellent car, competes well with the more prestige manufacturers for half the price.

      With a baby on the way last year we decided to upgrade from our old hatch to a larger vehicle. My partner and I are both huge petrolheads and so a simple set of wheels was not an option..

      We visited other dealerships including Audi, Volvo and BMW but for the money there was nothing that compared!

      The Mondeo ST220 is a phenomenal car to drive. It has all the extras you could need including Electric seats, windows, mirrors, Air con, Heated seats, Part leather interior and most of all a 3.0 litre V6 under the bonnet!

      This car will smoke VW golf GTIs and many other hot hatches off the line which is of course, extremely satisfying!

      So on to the important parts. In this economic climate fuel economy is an important part of the car purchasing decision.... The ST will do around 21mpg around town and about 28mpg on a long haul. I found that putting a K&N filter on it increased the mpg slightly (and made it sound gorgeous!). It is also a very high car to tax (around £450 a year) so you should be aware of this!

      From a family perspective it has a massive boot space. We carry a large pram, travel cot plus bags and toys in the boot no problem when we have been away in it.

      Small features but it also has a 6 disk CD changer as standard and an audio jack in the glovebox to plug in your iphone or mp3 player!

      All in all a fantastic car, with the small downfall of fuel economy and Road tax! Parts are ford so cheap in comparison to other manufacturers... We love it!

      P.S. This car has never broken down on us!

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        15.01.2010 15:06
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        Overall an excellent car with a great smooth, comfortable drive, with lots of space for the family a

        Ive had a number of cars over the last 10 years, and Fords always seem to be the best ones.
        The interior is nice is quite a few of them with black seats and dash, but others can come with odd colours.
        I do admit this is a very long car and there has been situations where i have thought whether i would get into a car parking space or not.
        The visability of the front of the car, i mainly is only down side, and if you could get one if parking sensors, it would help alot.
        The space the car has in the front and back is amazing, and the boot space can hold quite a bit of stuff.
        I have the 1.8l LX and this is a reliable and ecomomic car. I would reccomend this car to any of my family and friends.
        Overall an excellent car with a great smooth, comfortable drive, with lots of space for the family and friends.

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          10.01.2010 22:57
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          if i had the estate it would be amazing but fantastic car all round

          i had the pleasure in having the 1.8 petrol zetec 2006 model for a period of 2 months and i could not believe the quality, i used the vehicle on an every day basis and was impressed with econamy, build quality and comfort as an every day vehicle it is an absolute beaty to drive in fact i would go as far to say that in relation to price verses quality the mondeo is better than the BMW 3 series for sure, i even had the pleassure to drive from manchester to lymington during the time i had it and i would class it as the best long drive i have had, relaxed un stressed and comfy can not fault it as long as it hasn't got high mileage and is serviced well it would make a cracking family holiday or business use car, with a high ncap rating as a bonus, well done ford.

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          04.08.2009 23:05
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          A great car to drive - that offers space and features

          I was lucky enough to be offered a comapny car this year and had the opportunity to pick from a restricted list of cars. I opted for a Mondeo 1.8TDCi Titanium X and it was delivered in March 2009.

          I could speak robotically straight from the Ford website and car manual about performance and brake-horse power and at the end of this review all you would have learnt is that I am able to read and regurgitate words. I am not a car person per se, not a fanatic - there will be no phone calls asking me to join Top Gear.

          So lets get down to my real opinions on this car. I chose a Mondeo as I had one previously in 2002 when the "new versions" first came about and it was a car I loved then for its space - tall adults can sit in the front and there is still plenty of room for tall adults in the back without the need to surgically remove their knee caps. The boot was also massive and as my daughter had just been born this space was invaluable for transporting the baby roadshow. This was a petrol version I didn't take much notice of the fuel economy.

          Due to a change in circumstances I ended up having to change cars and had a Ford Fusion (sorry long story) and now fuel economy mattered so I had a diesel and it was great. When the company car choice came along I again jumped for a diesel because of the fuel economy - not as good as a fusion but it still achieves about 42 mpg.

          A good example is that on a recent trip I averaged 8.7p per mile for work which is great as they only pay 10p per mile - for a lot of vehicles this can be tricky to achieve. Not admittedly the vehicle only achieves this on long runs through your ability to use the 6th gear, notwithstanding this even on short runs (14 miles to work) it achieves the 42mpg.

          So yes it has a great 6th gear - which I found great going up the gears but I tended to always be running behind changing back down - this is a quirk I have got used to.

          The cars interior is contemporary and spacious just like the previous model. The stereo now has a digital radio which you can pre-tune 10 stations and load 6 CDs. So room for your CDs and the childrens. The stereo can communicate with your phone via bluetooth and it can also play off an MP3 player as there is a USB in the glove box.

          Parking sensors come with this model which to be honest is a god send - parking this car is like berthing a tanker, although when you drive down a narrow track with hedges either side it can sound like you are composing a tune - luckily there is a button on the dashboard to switch this off if you require (or your children are asleep).

          The dashboard is abit like a computer that has series of menus for the phone / CD/ radio / odometer etc. The controls for this are on the right hand side of the steering wheel - I find this abit of a pain as I'm left handed. The controls for the stereo volume and skip up / down CD tracks is on the left of the steering wheel - no problems with this one.

          I suppose most importantly with this car - you use the key fob to open the doors and then you can just put that in your bag / pocket or I put it in the centre console. There is then a button on the dashboard that you press to prime the engine and activates the dashboard - then if you depress the clutch and press the button again the car starts. Quirky.

          THe key fob opens and closes the doors and boot, there is a manual key hidden in the fob just incase the battery goes on the key fob.

          By holding down the open down button - you can make all the windows open and vice versa by holding down the car lock button on the fob you can close all the windows in the car. Also when you lock the car the wing mirrors fold in. This doesn't happen on the titanium only the titanium x ( I only notice this as I parked next to a titanium and noticed the mirrors werren't tucked in and the cars were the same age.

          There is a 9V socket in the front and the rear of the car - useful for the portable DVD player - the position of the socket in the front makes it awkward to find a space to put your phone whilst it charges.

          Next to the socket in the back is an ashtray I opened this once and nearly lost a finger closing it - haven't bothered since.

          The space in the car for adults front and back is still there and the boot is enormous. I have bought a load mat to cope with muddy boots and dirty pushchair wheels.

          The headlights of the vehicle move as you turn the steering wheel, you can use the dashboard computer to put a delay on the vehicle handbrake removal for when carrying out a hill start, and to be honest there are all sorts of things in here you can do - which I haven't explored - the car manual blew my mind abit. There are rain sensors to automatically start the wipers and an adjustment to automatically determine what level the lights need to be at on the car.

          The internal lights are really useful - with individual ones for each passenger. The best thing about the rear ones is you get some light for doing the rear seat belts on your chidlrens car seats, or if my daughter wants to read she can do.

          It is a smooth ride in this car and extremely comfortable for long journeys.

          And of course the main thing I love about Fords the quick clear front screen to save scraping the front windscreen in the winter.

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          02.11.2008 13:54
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          An exceptional large family car.

          **This review is on the Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 Saloon - 2001 model**

          Approaching Christmas last year, I suffered the nightmare scenario of my car key breaking in the ignition of my Mercedes C180. The end of the key was stuck inside and, in the locksmith's desperation to get my key out, he damaged the ignition altogether - which inevitably meant another costly trip to the Mercedes garage. No more! It was the straw that broke the camel's back with my falling apart Mercedes, and it was time to get a new car.

          Admittedly I am a fan of big saloon cars, so the market provided some superb brands such as Audi, Lexus and BMW. However these illustrious brands come at a price, and the newer you want, the dearer the cost. Furthermore, I considered the cost of parts and service for the car. Having just owned a Merc, I knew how expensive a car of this nature could be to maintain. Therefore I changed my thinking, I decided that maybe I would go for a car that was cheap to insure and maintain but still gave the appearance of a quality car. I went to a showroom, and there I saw my future car - the Ford Mondeo.

          *Exterior*
          The 2000-02 shape Mondeo Zetec is visually stunning, with a mix of angular and curvy areas. When my eyes first met the Mondeo in the showroom, I was enamoured by it's sleek and smart appearance. For the young professional, it hits the mark, easily competing with the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3 series. It's exterior is tidy, understated and smooth with not a single part out of place.

          *Interior*
          The interior of the Mondeo is impeccable. The chrome finish gives the look of luxury within the car. The interior is very spacious, easily more so than my previous limo of a Mercedes.

          There is more than sufficient space between the back of the front seats and the back seats, meaning my little boy has lots of air to kick his legs. Furthermore it eases my mind to know I won't be crushing the lower body of the passenger behind me.

          Overall, the vast amount of room makes the Mondeo ideal as a family car. The boot space is also very vast - enough to put two large suitcases and a variety of smaller bags. This is perfect for travelling around Europe.

          The Mondeo has a variety of expected features fitted as standard. Notably though, The CD player / radio that comes with the car is easy to function and looks very modern. The Mondeo provides excellent air conditioning which made the select few hot days very comfortable in the car.

          *Handling*
          When I first sat behind the wheel, I felt comfortable and in control of a lovely big car, but did not expect to be too amazed by the drive. When I turned the ignition, the car started quickly, and the engine hummed quietly from inside - so subtely, you could hardly sense the engine was running. The car accelerates silkily and quickly, and goes from 0 to 60 in around nine seconds.

          Due to the power of this Mondeo's engine, you are ensured a very smooth drive at high speeds, to the extent that you do not feel you are going as fast as you are. The Mondeo handles brilliantly when cornering, the wheels grip the road tightly and hugs the bends very well, particularly at speed.

          *Fuel consumption*
          As you'd imagine, with a 2 litre engine, the Mondeo accelerates likes a dream. It has the potential to easily surpass most cars on the road at the traffic lights. The downside, as with most cars that combine an automatic transmission with a 2.0 engine, is the Mondeo is not the most ecomonical car.

          While I enjoy the powerful acceleration which sucks you back into your seat, I have limited this experience because the Mondeo will guzzle up petrol by the ocean-load, whether you are travelling on long or short journeys. With the petrol prices quite high, although getting better, the high consumption of fuel will prohibit you from enjoying the 2.0 engine.

          *Reliability*
          I have now owned my Mondeo for a year, and in that time I have not experienced one fault or reason to go to a garage. Having driven company cars which have let me down for one mechanical failure or another within a short space of time, comparatively the Mondeo is exceptional for reliability.

          *Personal opinion*
          I find the Mondeo to be affordable luxury - it is beautiful to look at and comfortable and smooth to drive. For such a large, comfortable and smooth car, it is very reasonably priced. Considering you would be paying over double for a 2001 Audi A4 or BMW with the same mileage, you really would not lose out by buying a Mondeo.

          The Mondeo is also very cost effective to maintain for repairs and servicing. Labour costs involved with Ford would be £50-60 for repairs, whereas you are looking at £100+ for a Mercedes or Audi. Conversely, the Mondeo is expensive to run. I would definitely recommend against buying the 2 litre Mondeo unless you are apathetic about polluting the environment and/or believe the power of the car justifies the vast petrol bills.

          I do find that people initially turn their noses up when they hear you have a Mondeo, but are soon impressed when they get to admire the appearance of it.

          I purchased the 2001 51 plate model of the Mondeo from a car dealership for £3800 with 68000 miles on the clock.

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            23.09.2007 17:56
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            Fantastic value

            I purchased a 2003 Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI Graphite about 3 months ago due to having cover more mileage for work.
            What a joy to drive. I cannot fault it at all so far. It seems to pull forever. Masses of torque and great fuel economy. It's great to see some boy racers faces drop as they eat your dust when you pull away from them with minimum effort!
            It is solidly built which i have had proven twice in the last 2 months when i got rear ended first by a white van and then again by a new mini cooper. Just to give you an idea of how well built, the mini was a write off and my mondeo needed only a new rear bumber and the white van was pretty messed up and again only a rear bumber was required!
            It is styled well and well equipped with a six cd multi changer with great sounding speakers. The seats are comfortable and hold the driver in a good position. Adjustable steering column, electric drivers seat height adjustment. 4 electric windows and remote boot release which opens up to a cavenous boot space.
            The dials and controls on the dash are layed out in a very driver friendly way and benefits from a cd/radio stalk so your eyese never need wander from the road.
            Recommend to anyone looking for a second hand car of this size. Got it for a great price too! A lot of ex lease highish motorway miles examples around so you can haggle hard and get a better deal or walk away knowing another great car is just around the corner.

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              19.08.2004 00:44
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              3 weeks ago, in July 2004 I drove a 3 month old Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDi from North Wales to Kent where I live, due to my Peugot 406 being written off in an accident at LLanrwst. At first, I was not really keen on the idea of driving a diesel..... That was until I got in and started it up. The car had loads of power, which matched, or was better than most petrol cars that I have driven which have been of a similar size and engine size. I climbed some very steep hills in this car, the boot was fully laiden with cargo and there were 3 bikes on the roof, but this did not effect the power that this car had. The car handled - No glided around bends brilliantly, and with the 6 speed gearbox, I was able to squeeze just over 400 miles out of the fuel tank before the computer display told me that the tank was empty. Lucky for the reserve tank. Inside, the car was finished beautifully, (this was just the LX model too) and everything was in easy reach of my finger tips, meaning there were less distractions for my eyes. I would recommend this diesel model of the Ford Mondeo to anyone, forget the taxi cab / sales rep image, it's a great car to drive. The next car that I will be will be a Saab, but that's just personal preference, the Ford Mondeo is almost as good as a Saab 9-5

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                21.05.2001 17:53
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                I have just had one of these cars for a couple of days while my SAAB was being fixed (again!). The actual model was the 1.8iLX and had just over 5000 on the clock. First impressions of the exterior was that it is quite a smart looking car. Following in the new Ford family style as introduced with (I think) the Focus. From the outside at least it appears no larger than everything else in it's class. The biggest surprise I had was that the interior was obviously sharing several seperate space/time continuums! It is, or appears to be, huge compared to the likes of a Vectra, 406 or even my 9-3. Plenty of little cubby holes plus one huge great thing by the driver's left elbow. These central storage areas/arm rests seem to be all the rage at the moment but personally I find they get in the way when using the handbrake. The controls are usual Ford stuff and none the worse for that. My only complaint on that front would be the remote controls for the radio are badly placed and too far away for people with small hands. The instruments are quite old fashioned looking round clocks. Old maybe, but quick and easy to read at a glance. Seats are firm and I personally found them to be comfortable and fairly supportive. I did 500 miles in just over a day and have no complaints. Steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach. The interior generally looks like a clone of an Audi. All black plastic in several different textures and brushed aluminium. If that is the look you prefer then Ford have done a reasonable job of it. Not really my cup of tea but no worse than the competition. On the move the 1.8 is pretty swift although perhaps feels slower than it is. I had to keep checking the speedo as I found my speed regularly increasing to license losing velocities. A good case for getting a model with cruise control I think. Helping this easy speed limit breaking is a quiet cockpit. Personally I find no pleasure in
                driving cars in a straight line so prefer to hit the twisties for my thrills. This car is a revelation round the back roads. It grips the road so hard you start to wonder just where it's limits are. Considering also this is the base model, with normal steel wheels, I think Ford have come up with something pretty special here. It also seems to sacrifice little in the way of ride quality to achieve this sure-footed nimbleness. Steering is pretty positive, brakes are powerful and don't fade too quickly either, and all in all it feels like a real driver's car. I don't mind saying it made my considerably more expensive SAAB feel like a bit of a tank afterwards. I would even rate it higher than the A4 Sport I tested recently which I found to be unforgiving at the limit (something I have encountered on all A4's I have driven). So what didn't I like about it? Well, I'm not keen on these heated windscreens. I know they are great on a frosty morning but I was never unaware of all those little wires in front of my eyes. I also felt it optically distorted the whole screen and felt quite disconcerting. I also thought the drinks holder was a bit naff. There seems to be some unannounced competition between designers to produce the sexiest drinks holder. The Mondeo one looks rubbish and fails to hold heavier bottles well. The best I think is on the new 9-5. It is vertical when pushed in place and does a lovely rotation in slow motion when deployed. Am I sad or what! After this brief acquaintance I have to say the other manufacturers must be very worried. This kind of ability backed up by Ford's marketing clout must be a severe test for them.

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                  17.04.2001 04:48
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                  Well I don't actually know what model Mondeo our car is, I think it is a 1.6? but I know its an estate. My parents recently bought it for its size,as we had a Rover metro and it wasn't big enough. We have no problem with our mondeo for size there is soooooooooooo much room! The massive boot is ideal for going on holiday or taking stuff to the tip. There is a handy cover thing that will cover the stuff in your boot away from theiving eyes! The speakers are good in the back, and you could even put a smart CD player in it like we did, its a pretty jazzy car. For the benifit of the 'nice' people at dooyoo, I asked my parents and they said its really nice to drive, It has power steering and despite the size its relatively easy to park. It handles well round the corners. It has 4 wheels, doors, a massive boot, window-wipers, lights, exhaust pipe and an engine..... Aparently, well according to my parents, It is quite economical to run because its got a 1400 cc engine its cheaper on the insurance. We got ours seccond hand and it was only a few grand, not bad really. I hope we keep it long enough for me to learn to drive in...and borrow occasionally.....

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                    26.03.2001 02:15
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                    The Ford Mondeo is hard to escape in the press at the moment. The weekly and monthly car magazines write about it all the time, there are adverts in the papers and a new one on TV. So, by now I will presume that you all know that Ford have an all-new Mondeo, unless, of course, you have been living in space for a while. I may as well admit up front that I can’t stand Ford cars. I hate them more than Nissans, but less than Vauxhalls. Their “new-edge” design is about as cutting edge as a Phil Collins record and they have all the prestige of a banana. Obviously this means that I have a predetermined agenda to give this car a bad review. This is not so. Ford cars are reliable and they handle extremely well. It’s just that they are ugly with cheap interiors and everyone has one. By the time my da got this car out for a test drive at the weekend, I was already sick of the look of the new Mondeo. It retains elements of the “radical” looking Ford Focus, but only a few. It is still the Mundano in terms of styling that I know and hate, albeit a Mundano that carries on little from its predecessor in terms of styling. The large family car sector is one in which innovation is usually ignored and where conservatism is favoured. The styling of the Mondeo adheres to this and what the former VW stylist J. Mays has delivered is an edgier looking VW Passat with a hatchback. Inside the inspiration for the interior is pretty clear. The facia is far superior to that of the old car, but it is still a poor relation to the class-leading Passat. Ergonomics are faultless and the quality of the materials is very good. The steering wheel looks a bit ugly though and there is the added annoyance of the reminder that you are in a Ford and not a VW with the badge. The seats are comfy too and the back is on a par with the Passat for room. Headroom is not so generous in the hatch, though, but it manages a second-in-class grade for the i
                    nterior. Time to get driving then. The engine noise is a bit disappointing to the ear, without the sporty growl of the Honda Accord, the Mondeo sounds to mechanical to me. Slot the car into first, however and it is very satisfying. If only VW could make gearboxes as smooth as this. It makes you wonder what the point is in ever having an automatic when the manual is so fluent and rewarding. The gearing on the 2.0 Ghia that I drove was well spaced out for motorway cruising, but not particularly sporting. Ford has obviously learnt from the Focus about handling. This car is on a par with both the Accord and the Nissan Primera on the beaten track. The ride is firm without being harsh and the stiffened suspension set up seems to have eradicated any body roll. The car sticks to the road like glue and the handling is excellent. The steering wheel offers good feedback and you can’t hear much from the engine or the tires, such is the noise proofing. Ford have got the mix right to suit their potential buyers; the fleet market. There is all sorts of technical computer assisted things that I honestly don’t have a clue about. I can tell you that the ABS and traction control works fine, having driven it on the ice! According to the propaganda the car has some sort of brain working, but don’t expect Kit from Knight Rider or anything.

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                    I went to test drive the new Mondeo Diesel. The thing I noticed straight away was that the engine was a vast improvement on the old 1.8 turbo Diesel but still not quite as refined as the VW TDI Diesels. I found the car comfortable to drive with good visibility all round appart from the rear view whilst reversing. The quality of the interior is a million miles away from the old Mondeo. My Daughter rates cars on the number of cupholders they have and how they come out of their respective park points. Needless to say the Mondeo doesn't get rated as there are no cup holders in the rear (unlike the Renault Senic that has picnic tables and cup holders 10 out of 10!) The Interior space is one of the attractions to me and the fact that the car is briming with safety features (Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard throughout the range) After driving the Diesel for half an hour we had to return the car (Double booked Test Drives!) When we got back to the dealer we took a 1.8 petrol Mondeo for a test drive for a furhter hour. The first thing I noticed was that the engine had to be worked far harder than the diesel to try and preform the same (proof that a diesel is better than a petrol engine) I was relatively impressed with the car and in view of the new Passat taking a while to come into the showrooms I ordered a new Mondeo Ghia Diesel Estate (better view for reversing) from Virgincars.com and hope to get the car early May. I shall coment further when I have had the car a while even though my daughter rates it as poor already!

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                      The new Ford Mondeo had never really struck a chord with me until I test drove one just last week! OH MY GOD! The car is absolutely amazing, I cannot believe how much better it is than my Vauxhall Vectra 2.0i CDX! The design initially shocked me – it really looks very ‘modern’ and is part of Ford’s cutting edge design – with styling coos from the Ford Focus (originally derived in part from the superb Ford GT 90 concept car). The Mondeo has been the ultimate family car – perhaps it hasn’t been the most stylish before, but has certainly offered class leading cabins, ride and handling – I never actually owned the previous styles of Mondeo, but I can definitely see myself trading in my Griffin badge for one of uncle Henry’s latest masterpieces! The car is breathtaking to drive – unbelievable smooth I can assure you! The styling at closer look isn’t that odd, in fact it’s rather aesthetic, the interior is very well designed with loads of space and leg/head room in all seats. The exterior looks very futuristic – Ford have more or less assured themselves the next market leader, if Vauxhall want to see their cars sell then they better bring out one hell of a new Vectra! For information on the model range etc visit www.ford.co.uk - an excellent website with loads of information. Just some quick info though – the price range is from a rather reasonable £14,995 (at time of opinion going to press – prices subject to change without notice to customers) to around £21,995 for the top range model. For example – here is the model price for the 2.0i: Your Car Ford New Mondeo (Zetec - 5-door hatchback - 2.0i 16V 145PS 5-speed manual) Recommended Retail Price Summary RRP (including delivery to dealer): £15,890.00 Body colour : Stardust Silver (met) £250.00 Subtotal: £16,140.00 RRP On the Road:* £16,345.00
                      Needless to say that if I had the money I’d get one today, they look amazing handle wonderful – grip to the road brilliantly, and you can even buy them online form the website (Ford’s website is quite slow so be patient!). The Mondeo is a 5 star car that I am sure I’d be delighted with if and when I get one. I guess I’ll be looking for the Zetec model – sportier than the standard.

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                      ~ ~ Ford have long been the market leaders and pace setters in the “family car” sector in the U.K., and since its first appearance on the highways in the early 1990’s, the “Mondeo” has been one of its premier models, as indeed was its predecessors the “Sierra” and the “Cortina”. Never a company to rest on their laurels, Ford have come up with yet another winner in the new model Mondeo Ghia, which should succeed where it has failed in the past in capturing a large slice of the lucrative European market. EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR ~ ~ The model I took a test drive in was the 2.0 litre. The first thing you notice about the car is the far “sharper” bodylines, very similar to what Ford have done with the smaller Ford Focus. This gives the car a much more austere air than the previously “rounded” models. It is taller, longer, and wider than the old model, and this is particularly noticeable once you climb inside the cabin. Even the tallest of drivers will soon be able to set up a driving position to their liking, and the rear seat passengers have not been neglected either, with a considerable amount of extra legroom added, along with three-point safety belts and head rests for all three occupants. The instrument panel too has not escaped attention. It has a far more clinical, sharper look to it than the previous model, and in my opinion is far “classier” in appearance. Needless to say, everything is highly functional and accessible. ENGINE AND DRIVABILITY ~ ~ There are no fewer than five brand-new engines in the new range. The car I drove was fitted with what Ford call the “2.0 Litre Duratec HE” engine, which can zip the car from 0 to 60mph in only 9.3 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 131mph. (for Continental driving only, off course) The fuel economy isn’t too tardy either for a 1999cc engine, r
                      eturning about 28mpg overall. This is linked to a sharp, precise 5-speed gearbox, which is an absolute delight to handle. About the only criticism I had was of the clutch, which felt a bit “spongy”, but maybe that was only on the test car. Judge for yourself. The chassis has been upgraded also, and though I am no engineering expert, I can tell you that the car handles even better than its predecessor, and no way could that be called a slouch. One area stands out above most of the others, and this is the improvements made to the steering. Whatever you demand of the Mondeo in this department it will deliver, whether it is high speed cornering, stability, or “rally” performance on country lanes. OVERALL ~ ~ Not to be outdone in any department, Ford has also made changes to the standard spec of the car. If you were to choose the Ghia that I drove, it would come with climate control, air-conditioning, front and side airbags, alloy wheels and anti-lock brakes all thrown in for good measure. If you add to this the new 3-year warranty that Ford has just announced, then you have just about the perfect “family package”.

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                      11.12.2000 02:24

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                      As each new model of the Mondeo comes out, I sigh and look in despair and wonder why Ford have decide to scrap the older model. After all it was very good. However after a while, I have been converted to the styling of the new model. However, I think the new mondeo will not be an improvement to the previous model. I will always think this, but this time I mean it as the looks don't suit the mondeo. It is too radical as a design and I don't think the British public will take to it.

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                      03.12.2000 19:17

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                      Possibly the most promising area of the new Mondeo is the safety features each model possesses, ABS, EBD, front, side and curtain airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, EBD. The comfort aspect is good, with plenty of room in both the front and back. There are several models of the new Mondeo, the most powerful of which is the 2.5 litre engine which boasts a more than capable 167 bhp, although there is also a more sporty zetec-s edition coming out in Janauary 2001 which has 170 bhp. This car is probably the most stylish Ford to date, and as long as your not the type of person to snub a car due to it's make then this is a car worth considering, it's a large and quality car. The main down points is the car doesn't look hugely impressive, and it's appearance won't stand out after you've seen it a few times. If your tempted to buy one then you may want to consider waiting for updated models, but it seems pretty impressive to me overall.

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