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By Tim Pollard
04 July 2008 00:00
Another week, another mainstream model that's been 'greened'. Ford is launching Econetic models across its range – with the common goal of boosting economy and battering emissions. The new Mondeo Econetic goes on sale in July 2008 and it enters a pretty busy sector; we've already tested numerous VW Bluemotion models as well as Seat's Ecomotive versions. The Mondeo follows a tried and tested formula, with longer gearing, aero changes (chiefly a flat undertray), revised engine management gubbins and smoother tyres to ease progress. The headline figures are remarkably impressive for such a big car.
Today's Mondeo stretches to 4.8m long, and weighs a chunky 1505kg, so we're impressed that they've managed to snick CO2 emissions down to just 139g/km. Average economy is claimed at 53.3mpg and we managed credible figures approaching that (high 40s) over a week's driving and 700 miles.That's a nifty economy gain for any car, especially a D-segment model. Ford clearly think it's onto something here; sales of its cars producing less than 120g/km of CO2 have rocketed by a third in the past year.Downsides? As with other eco specials, the gearing is at times painfully long. We've become used to torquey diesels letting us slug around town in third – treating manuals as autos. Not in the Mondeo Econetic. The ratios are so long, you have to grab second, or even first, if you're driving at slower speeds. Change your driving style and you'll be fine.And what of the rest of the Mondeo package? Few surprises there. It's a big, comfy, grown-up car – the sort of family runabout that you'll be proud to own. Very little snob value, granted, but it's an incredibly slick package. The Econetic package doesn't change the appeal of the Mondeo's deft handling, quality cabin or huge space one iota.Click here for our previous Mondeo first drive review
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RE: Ford Mondeo Econetic CAR review
I'm really not sure we're going to see much "normalization" of oil prices anytime soon. The difference between the "eco" models of the 80s and 90s is that the modifications being made to the Mondeo and other "green" models are in direct response to legislation. They are likely to become mainstream specifications within the next generation, the challenge the industry now faces is providing the improved economy and emissions without compromising drivability
06 July 2008 17:28
Brand0 and rickerby, I agree with both of you (why are some of these tweaks not standard) yet this is also a measure of progress. This Mondeo is bigger than the old Ford Granada of 15 years ago, yet is capable of 50mpg, 125mph and can get to 60 in 10secs. These are decent numbers, and all manufacturers should aspire to them.
04 July 2008 12:10
That's right. BMW 525e anyone? This was mid 80's. I thought the whole point of the drive for more efficiency was to develop technologies that can infiltrate the whole range of cars, not just one model. So regular Mondeos don't get the flat undertray. Why not? WIth all due respect, any manufacturer worth it's salt can tweek engine maps, lengthen gearing and fit tyres that cannot take latteral G-force but add 2 mpg. The challenge is to add tech that does not impinge on driving pleasure. These eco models are no more than the equivalent of replacing the sugar in a fruit squash with sweeteners then hailing it as 'diet'. It may have less calories but it tastes a little odd and doesn't quite quench your thirst, leaving you wondering if perhaps you should go for the full fat and make changes elsewhere with your lifestyle to compensate.
04 July 2008 11:25
Tall gearing, low rolling resistance tyres. Nothing new here, in the 70's, 80's and 90's manufacturers added the same tweaks to mainstream models to create economy specials. Mtero HLE anybody?. Sierra E Max, Golf Mk1 formel E. As soon as oil prices normalise they all quietly dissapeared from manufactures line ups. Whats the betting it wont happen again. Demonstrates what a soory state the global car industry is in if after 30 years of progress this is all they can come up with!
04 July 2008 09:27
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