Mon­deo slips out of top ten, but re­mark­able new en­gine sets pace

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

– 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.

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