Mondeo saves the day
A FORD has come to my rescue across the ditch in New Zealand.
The Mondeo Trend was hastily hired at significant cost after both Jetstar New Zealand and Air New Zealand let me down.
First Jetstar cancelled my flight from Napier to Auckland, due to “limited availability”.
Bus transport was offered at 1pm the next day but it would not have made it in time for my 6.15pm departure to Cairns.
All other flights were cancelled as well.
That night I booked a more expensive flight with Air New Zealand but that too was cancelled.
I received an SMS message as I was travelling to the airport about 9.50am.
All other flights were booked out and I was offered another the following day or a bus that day. Too late. Air New Zealand also refused to pay for a rental car but did offer a refund.
As time was ticking by I booked the Mondeo at a total cost of $488.04 for one-way hire (including insurance) and $73.12 for fuel. I am hoping to claim that back.
I hit the road at 10.20am, mindful of speed limits, highway patrols and speed camera units.
Despite logging trucks, caravans, pouring rain and roadworks, I reached Auckland Airport with three hours to spare, without creating any land speed records.
The Mondeo was impressive. Comfortable, quiet (except for road noise over coarse bitumen surfaces), relatively economical (8.2L/100km over 400km) and a punchy 2.0-litre petrol turbocharged engine, which was superb for overtaking.
The car, a five-door hatchback, has been somewhat of a sleeper in Ford’s range, mainly because of the lack of marketing.
They are popular in New Zealand and I saw many examples, mainly wagons, on the 400km journey.
Falcon owners looking to replace their beloved Aussie six in the near future should take one for a test drive.