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.
used car editor,
‘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 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.
Fuel economy 47.9mpg
Max speed 130mph
CO2 emissions 156g/km
Euro NCAP rating 5/5
Reliability rating 4/5
Service intervals 12,500 miles
Great to drive and with a punchy engine: the previous Mondeo is a great family car for those with less to spend.
Last year’s class champion is still great value, and is big on style, space and ability.
Slick and sharp to drive: the 3 Series is on every middle-manager’s shortlist.
It should be on yours, too.