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Our Fleet: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X Sport - June 2011

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Combined MPG
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Ford Mondeo MPG

Review

Diesel and high performance haven’t always been available in the same car. I remember taking my first driving lessons in 1990, coincidentally, behind the wheel of one of my Mondeo’s predecessors.

It was a Ford Sierra 2.3D. This was the only diesel engine offered in the Sierra, and, registered in 1988 it was around the same time that company fleets began adopting diesel cars in the UK.

Ford had no diesel heritage, and the engine was sourced from Peugeot-Citroen. This was before turbo chargers became the norm for diesel cars, so the normally aspirated engine could muster no more than 67bhp – less than offered in the least powerful Ford Fiesta diesel in 2008.

I seem to remember the car being quite slow. Although the Sierra is much lighter than the latest Mondeo, dashing from 0-60mph would have been more a marathon than a sprint, taking about 16 seconds.

Things are different 20 years on. The Mondeo I’m driving produces almost 100bhp more than the Sierra I learned to drive in, and although we haven’t quite matched the official 50.4mpg achieved on the official combined cycle, we’ve been up at about 48mpg and the car is improving in that respect with every mile.

Driver Notes

Comfort
There are few cars that could be better for covering high mileage than the Mondeo, although it would be even better if we'd chosen a lower equipment grade with smaller wheels. The Mondeo has plenty of interior space, and the heated/ventilated front seats we chose as options have been excellent additions for summer and winter.
Transmission
The Powershift gearbox is a dual-clutch manual that behaves like an automatic. Upshifts are usually seamless as the extra clutch always has the next gear ready. But it isn't as smooth as Volkswagen's similar DSG, and I think it should change up a few hundred rpm before it does. That would make the Mondeo more frugal.
Cost
Looking at the list price the Mondeo seems expensive - with the few options we selected, it's higher than the least expensive BMW 520d. But it is loaded with kit, and a fleet customer buying outright is likely to see a substantial amount knocked off the official on-the-road price.
Driver appeal
The Mondeo is still probably the most rewarding car to drive in its class. The steering is the main contact point for the driver with a car, and here it is first rate for feel and feedback. It performs the very different roles of comfortable motorway cruiser and enjoyable B-road companion better than any other large front-wheel drive car.
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Ford Mondeo Ved
Fuel Type
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CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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