Elegance and reliability
THE Ford Mondeo initially replaced the Ford Sierra (a ‘‘cooler’’ name for a car I believe) in the early nineties, 1993 if I recall correctly.
I also clearly remember many years ago, when I plied my trade in Europe, a colleague who purchased the latter.
The reason I remember him so distinctly is that we used to mock him, point in his general direction and laugh; conversations would suddenly stop when he entered the room. What was he thinking? With the multitude of quality German-made vehicles around, why on earth a Ford?
Fast forward almost 25 years to the present day and goodness, how things have changed and let me tell you, for the better.
Mondeo may not sound as ‘‘cool’’ as its predecessor but this is a bloody nice car that manages to tick all of the boxes.
First thing you notice on approach are the lines, the profile is sleek, thoroughly modern yet timeless, this vehicle will still look good in 10 to 15 years — it’s a striking car.
It is also jam-packed with a dazzling array of features, almost too many to take in.
At my age I’m not that
tech savvy, but the photographer assigned to the ‘‘shoot’’, a much younger person I hasten to add, within minutes of being in the car had hooked up his iPhone to the Hands Free Bluetooth function and before we knew it we were listening to his music library and the dulcet, psychedelic tones of a band called the Brian Jonestown Massacre (another splendid name, but I digress).
Everything in, on and around the dash is designed with the future in mind.
This vehicle makes driving easy and most pleasurable; thanks to the insanely comfortable Alcantara leather trim seats, which are heated by the way— not that you’ll need that feature up here.
One feature I was particularly enamoured with was BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) which in essence is a proximity sensor, radar if you like that monitors the vehicle’s surrounds FORD MONDEO TITANIUM TDCi BODY: 4 door hatch POWER: 103kW/320Nm ENGINE: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel SAFETY RATING: Five-star ANCAP WEIGHT: 1638kg TRANSMISSION: 6-speed sequential automatic ECONOMY: 7.3l/100km and when it detects an object in your blind spot, alerts you by way of the soft orange glow of a small unobtrusive light, that magically appears on your side mirrors — a nifty, handy little feature that is most effective, to say the least. I found myself purposely slowing down a few times, on dual carriage ways just so I could see it work.
There is also LDW (Lane Departure Warning), as well as dynamic headlights that swivel 15 degrees to illuminate the road ahead when turning a corner and a whole host of other acronyms that deservedly give this car its ANCAP rating.
The cab ensconces one in almost total silence; almost like being in a cocoon, you can easily hold a decent conversation without ever having to raise your voice, even at speed, travelling down the ‘‘Track’’.
Heaps of legroom and boot space make this a car that will easily rival the current Falcon.
Negatives — one minor bug bear for me was the fact that the indicator stalk was on the left hand side — so consequently the first few times, while negotiating a turn and once during a fairly abrupt lane change, I inadvertently switched on the wipers to great comic effect. Having said that, their positioning to the left of the steering column, doesn’t take that much time getting used to. Three words to summarise: Unique, reliable and elegant.
Things aren’t going well for Ford, particularly in Europe, with thousands of
five-star jobs and plant closures slated for the coming weeks— a bleak Christmas looms for many on the continent and in the UK.
I really don’t get it, as the quality of the vehicles in no way reflects how the rest of the business is conducted.
The Mondeo is German engineered, extremely economical and safe: in summation, they’re making damn fine cars again.
Time for the marketing department at Ford to pull their fingers out, so to speak and start promoting these quality vehicles properly, me-thinks.
Hidden Valley Ford currently have the Mondeo Zetec Eco Boost (fourcylinder 2-litre turbo) on special at just $33,990 driveaway — a real bargain — see the boys in Berrimah for further specs and information on it.
The vehicle I road tested is the impressive 2-litre Turbo Diesel Auto TDCi Titanium version and is available for $51,554 driveaway.
The Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi combines a striking appearance with a dazzling array of features