BUYER’S GUIDE

Top tips for buy­ing the best Mon­deo ST220 you can.

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It’s not just any old Mon­deo. The ST220 is a prime ex­am­ple of what Ford does best: turn­ing an ac­com­plished fam­ily car into a truly great sports sa­loon. Packed with poise, per­for­mance and lux­u­ri­ous equip­ment, the ST220 drives more like a Ger­man grand tourer than a hum­drum rep­mo­bile.

To­day, 15 years after it was launched, the fastest- ever Mon­deo is still re­garded as one of Ford’s finest- ever all-rounders. It packs an almighty punch for a pur­chase price of pen­nies.

Avail­able from May 2002, the ST220 was named to match its Sports Technology styling and 223bhp Du­ratec ST en­gine – an Amer­i­can-sourced three-litre V6 with re­worked in­duc­tion sys­tem and dual-in­take air­box. The re­sult was 150mph-plus per­for­mance and 0-to- 60mph in 6.8 sec­onds.

Three bodystyles were of­fered – sa­loon, hatch­back and es­tate – boast­ing wider front whee­larches, deep bumpers, side skirts, rear spoiler and twin ex­hausts. Low­ered sus­pen­sion and di­a­mond-cut 18in al­loys com­pleted the look.

There was a choice of six ex­te­rior colours, and three shades of leather heated Re­caro seats within an ex­ec­u­tive-spec cabin.

The slick MTX75 five-speed gear­box was ditched dur­ing the ST220’s first facelift of June 2003, when the meaty MMT6 six-speed was ac­com­pa­nied by a sin­gle-feed air­box and im­proved ECU, re­sult­ing in im­proved fuel econ­omy and top speed. A re­vised dash­board came too, along with more kit in­cluded as stan­dard.

June 2005 brought a fur­ther facelift, adding dis­tinctly un-sporty chrome ex­te­rior trim, plus red in­te­rior stitch­ing and op­tional al­can­tara seat cen­tres.

Mon­deo ST220 pro­duc­tion ended in 2007, since when the last- ever sporty Mon­deo has be­come a sought-after high­per­for­mance bar­gain.

“The ST220 drives more like a Ger­man grand tourer than a hum­drum rep­mo­bile”

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