Used Car of the Year 2010 - Family car and compact executive

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Winner Family car and compact executive
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Zetec 5dr
Year '07/07 Price £8600
When it arrived in 2007, the current Mondeo set the benchmark for new family cars, so it was only a matter of time before the Ford became our top used buy.

The Mondeo delivers everything you really need in a family car at a very affordable price; it’s good enough to keep the BMW 3 Series off the top step, which should tell you all you need to know. The Mondeo’s sharp exterior styling is matched by a well-designed and well-finished interior. There’s lots of rear leg- and headroom, and everyone’s well insulated from wind-, road- and engine noise, even at motorway speeds.

With 528 litres of boot space, only the largest loads should pose a problem, while the split-folding rear seats will help you accommodate longer items. Diesel power is the best option, with the 138bhp 2.0 TDCi offering the best blend of good performance and palatable fuel bills. It’s also the most popular version, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Judge's view
Matt Sanger,
used car editor,
What Car?

‘Badge snobs should forget their prejudices: the Mondeo is easily the best value in this class. Despite its low price, the Zetec has all that you could need
in a five-door hatch.’
The 2.0-litre manages 47.9mpg and will cost £155 a year in road tax, although this goes up to £200 a year if you choose a car with the optional automatic gearbox.

The Zetec isn’t at the top of the range, but it still comes with alloys, cruise control, MP3-compatible stereo, a heated windscreen and electric windows all round. Safety won’t be a worry, either, because the Mondeo also comes with stability control, seven airbags and a five-star Euro NCAP crash rating.

The Ford’s popularity with company car drivers and fleet managers means there’s a constant flow of decent used cars onto forecourts, and so much choice means prices are low. Ultimately, the Ford doesn’t have the residual values of a BMW or Audi, but because you’re spending less in the first place you won’t lose out in the long run.

Need to know
Power 138bhp
Fuel economy 47.9mpg
0-60mph 10.5sec
Max speed 130mph
Insurance 19
Road tax £155
CO2 emissions 156g/km
Euro NCAP rating 5/5
Reliability rating 4/5
Service intervals 12,500 miles



Runners-up
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 130 Zetec 5dr
’06/56, £5570
Great to drive and with a punchy engine: the previous Mondeo is a great family car for those with less to spend.

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 140 S
’07/07, £8715
Last year’s class champion is still great value, and is big on style, space and ability.

BMW 320d SE
’07/07, £11,500
Slick and sharp to drive: the 3 Series is on every middle-manager’s shortlist.
It should be on yours, too.



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