posted 8 years ago

Ford Mondeo Baffles Motoring Journalist

Oh dear! My task is to write down everything 'wrong' with the Ford Mondeo.

Oh dear! My task is to write down everything 'wrong' with the Ford Mondeo. For some vehicles this could take years, but this large family workhorse is so complete that there is virtually nothing to criticise. The handling, for example, is genuinely exceptional. As such the saintly Mondeo has sharp steering, slick transmissions, a comfortable ride, and rock- solid body control. This family favourite is actually engaging enough to drive 'just for fun'.

The Ford Mondeo scores highly on practicality too. It seats five people in comfort, and the deceptively stylish hatchback model has a spacious 528-litre boot. Folding the rear seats flat increases cargo capacity to 1,448-litres. Not enough? The estate's maximum capacity is a mighty 1,728-litres, so this load lugger's dream is one of the most spacious in its class. Odd, there must be something we can criticise. Okay, the boot's handle is 1.5mm too long.

The frustratingly capable Ford Mondeo is available with a wide range of refined and responsive engines. There is no point in criticising its environmental credentials, as the economical 1.6-litre 115ps diesel version averages 65.7mpg. Emissions are a remarkably low 114g/km. This eco-warrior even has reasonable performance, hitting 62mph in 11.9 seconds. Speed lovers are catered for too, as the 2.0-litre 240ps trim rockets to 62mph in 7.5 seconds. There is something for everyone, so again the Mondeo is impossible to fault.

Further strengths include the robust construction and high specification. In fact, even the basic-spec has: climate control, Bluetooth, MP3 compatibility, and an electronic stability programme. Hang on though....there is something to criticise. The Mondeo is a victim of its own success. It is extremely popular, so there are thousands on the road. As such, owners cannot possibly feel they are diving something exclusive. Okay, yes, this is clutching at straws. Long live the masterful Ford Mondeo,