Sliding behind the wheel of a new Ford Mondeo estate is the best choice for bank holiday DIY enthusiasts
Sliding behind the wheel of a new Ford Mondeo estate is the best choice for bank holiday DIY enthusiasts. May-time public holidays often inspire otherwise sensible motorists to become appalled at the state of their houses, dress in tatty clothes, and race to the DIY for overpriced supplies.A new Mondeo estate is the perfect companion to enliven this thankless task, as it has numerous DIY focused strengths. These include a vast standard load area that can be increased to 1,733 litres by folding the rear seats flat. This complements the optional sliding floor which, when extended beyond the rear of the vehicle, supports up to 120KG of hopefully high quality purchases. Having overspent at the DIY store, amateur builders (and professional botchers) will be keen to get home economically. Fortunately, this latest fourth generation Mondeo is available with various frugal engines. These include the 2.0-litre 115PS diesel which returns a combined average of 53.3mpg, the 1.6-litre 125PS petrol which averages 39.2mpg, and the 2.0-litre 163 PS diesel which sips fuel at a rate of 50.4mpg. More great news for weekend DIY lovers is that the Mondeo handles beautifully. This means your newly bought supplies will remain static in the boot rather than rolling around like a pig in mud. This versatile estate achieves its class-leading handling thanks to firm suspension, precise steering, and smooth flexible transmissions. The Mondeo is also robustly constructed, so it is unlikely to leave you and your new screwdriver set stranded on the hard shoulder. Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the Ford Mondeo estate is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £16,690 - £28,495. For your nearest DIY store, please consult Yellow Pages.