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By Ben Pulman
27 May 2008 14:27
Is there anything actually wrong with the Ford Mondeo? Sure, a few people may grumble about drive being sent to the front wheels, or the fact that the badge on the front is a blue oval and not a blue and white propeller. But really, the latest Mondeo is quiet, comfortable and a damn good drive.
About the only criticism we could level at the Mondeo is that it lacks a bit of grunt, especially as it’s a hefty beast. Sure, there’s a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine but it’s not what you’d call economical. And the engines that you’d call economical just aren’t fast enough.
The solution comes in the shape of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel co-developed with PSA that also finds work in various big Peugeots and Citroens.
Pretty much. The increase to 2197cc brings an extra 35bhp and 44lb ft, with only a 25kg penalty. But it does weigh 1615kg or nearly 100kg more than the equivalent Volkswagen Passat Estate.
On the road though you wouldn’t notice and there’s typical decent diesel shove from very low revs. If you want to drive it like a petrol it’ll rev past 4000rpm before any engine noise becomes too intrusive. Be sensible, stick below 3000rpm, use that 295lb ft slug of torque and you can make brisk, easy progress.
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RE: Ford Mondeo 2.2 TDCI Titanium X Estate
Very interesting reading these comments on here, because I agree with all of them. Martin Smith's new design direction for Ford is, frankly, horrible, and has just ruined the criminally underated Chris Bird Focus, which I hope will be appreciated in years to come as a fine example of early 21st century industrial design - clean, unfussy, marvellously fit for purpose.
28 May 2008 18:16
Well I hope it handles better than the model before it, which is wallowy, understeers like a pig and has horribly remote steering. This new model also has one of the most revolting dashboards I've ever seen, the back end is a mess, and it is widely overpriced - Ford should be ashamed of itself.
28 May 2008 08:03
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Frankly, it looks awful. Who would buy this when they could have a Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer Diesel for less? Private buyers will pick up a Subaru, Skoda or a Volvo and company buyers will take an Audi or Beemer. Ford, you have to make a £24K car DESIRABLE LOOKING.
28 May 2008 01:31
Anyone who tries to sell a 5 series' sized car in the 3 series sized market, cannot win... its unnecessarily MASSIVE... I mean HUGE, who asked for D segment cars to be this big and heavy.. reeeeeediculous.
Its akin to the X6 in this area... it handles, its fun...drives well... but why is it so big...??!!
27 May 2008 22:31
Why would anyone wonder why the 3 series sells better in this country than the mondeo when these things are so much money.£24k before extras!!!! get out of here!!
27 May 2008 18:01
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