Mondeo slips out of top ten, but remarkable new engine sets pace
– and very nice too. Standard specification includes 17in alloys, a heated windscreen, auto lamps and wipers and a Sony audio upgrade.
However, “my” car had some options. Metallic “moondust silver” paint added £545. The Premium X pack of keyless entry, bi-xenon lights, 18in alloys, darker rear privacy glass and leather seats added £2,250. Touchscreen navigation with a rear view camera was another £1,500, and so on. As it stood, before haggling, this Mondeo cost £27,865.
The 18in wheel/tyre mix is not suited for rural life, with clatter over bumps. The autodipping lights sometimes dazzled oncoming drivers, while on country lanes they often stayed dipped. The privacy glass looks cool but seriously reduces visibility in the dark, so the reversing camera was a boon. Economy? 35mpg. Verdict: Mostly, it was enjoyable and fun to use and still looks imposing at the front. More: 0845 841 1111. Or: Wait until early 2013 for the radically new Mondeo.
ACCELERATION: The Mondeo Titanium with Ford’s new 1.6 Ecoboost turbo engine which is both clean and impressively quick.