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By Glen Waddington
05 February 2008 11:01
You can tell it’s a base model because of the black door handles. Check out the wheels too: 16in steelies with silver-painted plastic hubcaps. Not cool. But base-level Mondeos aren’t about cool. They’re about practicality and a hint of driving enjoyment for the family man/sales rep (delete as applicable).
Get over the steel wheels (you can have alloys as an option) and the Mondeo Edge is decently equipped. You have to wind down the rear windows manually, but there's remote central locking, a cracking CD/radio, manual air-con, even cruise control. The interior actually benefits from losing the faux-aluminium 'spears' on the front door trims, and the cloth-trimmed seats are comfortable and supportive. It's well-finished and solidly put together but very unpretentious.
The 123bhp 1.8 TDCi puts out the same 251lb ft of torque as the full-fat 138bhp 2.0-litre, but it peaks at 1800rpm rather than being ladled out from 1750rpm to 2240rpm. That means you lose a bit of overtaking punch and you'll sometimes miss the longer surge of the 2.0-litre's accelerative powers.
But if you'd never driven the 2.0-litre you'd be happy enough. The 1.8 rarely feels under-endowed and it's also decently refined, only really exposing its oil-drinking habit when cold or if you pull away in a hurry. At a cruise it's just a background hum, and it pips the 2.0-litre (just) on fuel economy and emissions but loses out by a second on the 0-62mph sprint.
The bigger saving is on purchase price: the 1.8 costs £16,995 as a five-speeder or £17,195 with a six-speed 'box, compared with £17,595 for the six-speed 2.0.
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Ford Mondeo Edge 1.8TDCi (2008) CAR review
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RE: Ford Mondeo Edge 1.8TDCi (2008) CAR review
Just got the 1.8 diesel edge. Im getting 59.4mpg and ive done a tad of 200 miles and less than quater of a tank. Well chuffed... Actually a bit of a chock really as i am used to 18mpg in my Merc S-Class 5.0 litre v8.
22 October 2012 10:25
1970s Dad would have loved this car - pity its about 35years too late.
12 February 2008 19:32
or will the high spec Mondeo be 'over the edge'?
07 February 2008 09:55
Makes a change
Nothing wrong with covering a base model. Not keen on the name. Are we going to have the Astra Bono next.
06 February 2008 15:38
Quiet news day?
That there's a basic model at the bottom of every range is not news...
06 February 2008 08:52
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