Ford have upped the ante over the last few years, with a vastly improved Mondeo range leading the charge. Add to this a great new Focus & Ford are hitting the UK fleet market running ,all the way to the London Olympics & beyond.
Now available with a 1.6 diesel engine aimed at appeasing accountants & fleet managers alike, it’s also a great car to drive & could very well be the best Ford car I have driven, particularly in the company car drivers dream Titanium X specification.
It looked good too. Specced with home safe lighting, titanium trim inside, 2 way power driver & passenger seat height adjustment, Bluetooth with voice control, air con with dual EATC, Alcantra/leather seats,auto headlights & rain sensing wipers, cruise control, ESP with EBA, front & rear park assist, heated front sets both hot & cold, & LED daytime & rear lights. Extras included Fords Driver Assistance pack, with 1 blind spot information & lane departure warning & metallic paint.
The interior is tastefully designed & everything is easy to understand. There’s plenty of rear space for three & a monstrous boot as well, perfect for any ‘rep’ flogging their wares around our motorway network.
Be aware though, that the 1.6 diesel Mondeo has not been designed to thrill, but to make life easier & to save you money. Having said this, it still has a 0 – 62 mph time of 11.5 seconds & a top speed of 112 mph, so it’s particularly good in sixth gear on the motorway.
You will need to use the 6 speed gearbox around town though. Even so, I managed just over 47 mpg in my week in the Mondeo, which was about 10 mpg more than the 2 litre Focus I had driven a couple of weeks previously. Same terrain local & motorway. CO2 emissions are only 114g/km, another reason to like this car.
Although the Mondeo is also offered with a larger more powerful 2 litre diesel engine, this is both less frugal & more expensive to own than the 1.6, which, in comparison to drive, only falls short of the larger engined model, really on power at low revs, meaning a lot more second gear changes than usual. Of course the point of this, very much like VW’s Bluemotion technology, is that the longer gearing saves fuel. So, you would definitely want the 2 litre diesel car if speed is your thing.
Perhaps the best selling point for me, is that the 1.6 diesel was the easiest car I have driven in the past 12 months, with precise handling & an incredibly comfortable driving position. I get in & out of 50 cars a year & most take a couple of days to get used to. Not this Mondeo. A learner driver would find it a sinch to drive & despite it’s size, it felt easier to manouvere than the smaller Focus.
Overall, a brilliant business car that doubles as a brilliant family car.