VIEW MORE IMAGES & VIDEOS
Used Car Review
Ford probably didn’t market the Mondeo as heavily as it could have in order to protect sales of the locally made Falcon, but it really is just as good as said Falcon – particularly when it comes to interior space.
The Mondeo hatch was available in quite a few variants: the entry-level LX, mid-range Zetec, sporty XR5, and top-of-the-ranks Titanium. All came with a good level of safety and standard features for their time, making them comfortable and satisfying to drive.
The top-of-the-range Titanium also has adaptive cruise, leather trim, a sunroof and smart key with keyless entry. Six years after it was made, the Titanium costs about a third of its original price making it the pick of the litter.
As well as the different variants, there were also three engines to choose from: a 2.3-litre petrol, a powerful 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine (in the XR5 only) and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Compared to the 2.3-litre petrol, the diesel is the livelier engine – while also being fairly fuel efficient; however, keep in mind that you’ll need to go for a decent drive periodically to clean out the filter that traps soot.
When it comes to common faults, the repair industry tells us that the diesel version with a direct-shift gearbox can have problems around the 70,000km mark, normally because the transmission oil wasn’t changed on time. Check the service records of any Mondeo before purchasing to make sure they have been serviced regularly.
There haven’t been any major issues with the conventional automatic transmission fitted to the petrol version, and only minor complaints about the Bluetooth, and brakes wearing faster than some other vehicles.
The Mondeo has a good ride and handling package that will soak up the bumps on a country run, making it an ideal all-rounder, and its range of variants means there are plenty of options to suit your needs. So for those looking for an affordable family car with a bit of European engineering – albeit with a blue oval badge – the Mondeo will fit the bill.
Ford MC Mondeo LX petrol hatchback:
Multi-point fuel injection
9.5 litres/100 km
118 kW @ 6,500 rpm
208 Nm @ 4,200 rpm
1,200 kg (braked)
Report provided by RAA - Mark Borlace
Test vehicle supplied by N/A