New Ford Mondeo Personal Contract Hire
Tycoons take note - the Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Zetec “Business Edition” can be funded far easier than a start-up company. Why? Because there are three ways to pay. The first is Ford's Personal Contract Hire Plan that requires an Advance Rental of £5,698, followed by forty-seven instalments of £259. This totals £17,871. However, it is not the route to ownership as the car must be returned at the end of the contract – preferably without piles of “how to” management books filling its spacious 528-litre boot. It must therefore be farewell to the 140PS diesel engine that propel business lovers to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, and averages 53.3mpg. All excellent figures. The contract also imposes a 9,000 mile annual limit with excesses charged at 7.74 pence per-mile. Funding option two, of course, is cash. The list price is £21,795 but sharing business know-how with the salesman could lead to a discount. Nobody should pay list price, after all. But whatever it costs the Mondeo Hatchback is one of the best handling cars in its class. The composed chassis, responsive steering, excellent ride, and slick six-speed transmission ensure that. It also has plenty of equipment which includes: touch-screen sat-nav, front/rear parking sensors, climate control, and an electronic stability programme to prevent the rear tyres losing grip on corners and spinning the car. All useful tools for business-focussed drivers.