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

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Review

Years ago, one of the predecessors of the Mondeo, the Ford Cortina, would probably be described as the typical company car.

It was replaced by the Ford Sierra, which was transformed to the Mondeo in 1993.

Although the current Mondeo can trace its lineage back to the Cortina, it’s amazing how big this car has become.

All versions are longer, wider and taller than the ones they replaced in 2007.

The hatchback version we’ve been testing runs executive cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class close for dimensions, and thanks to the Mondeo’s front-wheel drive packaging, interior space is superior to these premium badge cars.

Isn't surprising that company car drivers have been able to ‘downsize’ when going from one purchase to the next because the cars have grown so much.

I wonder how this Mondeo fits in a standard garage, compared with a Mondeo of 10 years ago, a Sierra of 20 years ago and a Cortina of 30 years ago.

Still, big cars often mean big comfort and the Mondeo has provided supremely effortless mile munching over the last eight months.

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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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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