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Our Fleet: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X Sport - September 2010

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Combined MPG
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Review

Anyone choosing a diesel Mondeo before this summer and needing an automatic transmission would have fallen foul of the 160g/km writing down allowance threshold and been stung with BIK tax on CO2 emissions of 187g/km.

The 140bhp 2.0 TDCi diesel was available with a conventional torque converter auto gearbox, which typically increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Since the diesel engine was revised with power upgraded to 163bhp, and CO2 emissions reduced to 139g/km for the manual – the same as the earlier 115bhp Mondeo Econetic – Ford has also offered its Powershift auto.

It costs about the same as a conventional automatic gearbox upgrade at about £1,300, but this six-speed transmission is a dual-clutch gearbox – like Volkswagen Group’s DSG – and therefore essentially a manual with an electronic gearshift.

It means the penalty for losing the clutch pedal is only 10g/km – two BIK tax bands higher – and fuel consumption on the combined cycle is an impressive 50.4mpg.

Powershift delivers the smoothness of a conventional automatic transmission with fuel consumption more comparable with a manual gearbox.

After several thousand miles on the road with the car, I’ve taken to taking care of gearchanges myself unless I’m in heavy traffic or on the motorway.

When left to its own devices it seems to hang on to gears for about 500rpm longer than I would, so in search of making every gallon of diesel go as far as possible.

I’m convinced that once the engine is run in, I’ll be able to achieve better than the official figure.

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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