Fleet News

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

Ford
BIK List Price
N/A
Ford Mondeo BIK list price
BIK Percentage
N/A
Ford Mondeo BIK Percent
CO2
N/A
Ford Mondeo CO2
Combined MPG
50.4
Ford Mondeo MPG

Review

It’s often said these days that there are no bad cars. And given that I probably try more than 100 different cars a year, I can see how that might be given credence.

Most cars these days are very good indeed.

Which makes me wonder why when a model is revised, that grounds there might be for making some changes other than for the sake of change.

Take the Ford Mondeo, for example. Some important changes were made to its engine line-up in

April 2010 before the model range was revised in October 2010.

I’m still driving around in the pre-facelift version with the latest 163bhp 2.0-litre diesel and new-to-Mondeo-in-April-2010 Powershift six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It has performed an exemplary job over the last 16,000 miles, and while I’ve now driven the revised model a few times, some of the changes are a little puzzling.

A few years ago, the marketing people at mainstream car manufacturers often told us that high-gloss black plastic trim elements – often called ‘piano black – gave car interiors a more upmarket feel.

Our Mondeo has this around the sat-nav screen in the dashboard centre, and it looks quite smart. For the latest Mondeo, Ford has chosen to replace it with a matte finish dark grey plastic.

Some of the switches have a different finish from our car, which doesn’t necessarily make them any better, but just makes them different.

But to be fair, when cars are revised, it helps to have these little changes to help traders spot that it’s the newer version at remarketing time

Minor changes at facelift time usually help protect the used values of the earlier version, which is good news for our car.

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.
Top Speed
N/A
Ford Mondeo Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Ford Mondeo Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Ford Mondeo Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A

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.

Ford Kuga first drive | less rugged, more efficient: better overall

For the majority of SUV customers, the latest-generation Kuga is a fine choice.

First drive: Mazda6 2.2D 150 SE-L car review

Major interior updates but minimal exterior revisions for key fleet model

Search Car Reviews



Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Comment as guest


Login  /  Register

Comments

No comments have been made yet.