A revolution for Ford - I was never a great fan in the past but the excellent driver comfort of this new Mondeo is unmistakable. I do long days with much motorway driving - 35,000 miles per year and the sheer comfort of this car means I get home after long days so very much less tired and stressed than in previous cars I've had. As a result the company gets more work per day out of me - bosses take note! The Automatic 6-speed gearbox is smooth and a definite contribution to my ability to drive for longer and stay fresher. First comments are always on its elegant design and how huge it looks. The estate is definitely better looking than the saloon or hatch models !
Only serious fault I can find is that on a motorway during heavy rain, the water comes off the windscreen and across the drivers side window blurring out the view in the side mirror. NOT GOOD Ford ! - The minor issue, and as someone else mentioned, the voice activated car phone bluetooth system is a complete waste of time - it doesnt hear you correctly even when using the Queens English, and you go round unsuccessfully in squirkles trying to get it to dial a number correctly. I consider it unsafe due to the frustration = distraction factor and dont use it.
But for the vast majority of my day spent in a car, it is tough to find a better value-for-money drive than this car.
I bought mine pre-registered with 6 miles on from a Toyota/Ford dealer in black with sports pack and got a good saving vs new.
I compared it against all the usual opposition and felt it was better in all departments than all of these cars (A6/Passat/vectra/accord etc)
Now at 3500 miles I have to say it is superb to drive and to spend time in. Very quiet on the road handles great and a good engine with plenty of oomph for any overtaking/motorway work. The heated front screen is ace. My other car is a new style astra, the mondeo is a whole new step up and feels like a proper exec car
In Estate form it is HUGE. It's like having your own white van!!
Grumbles - 39-40 mpg (mixed motoring but doesn't really improve much with motorway journeys) is not what I was expecting and is quite poor IMHO I've had to stick some of the trim back down with superglue and it's been to the garage once to have a CPU update as it claimed the oil needed changing at 3500 (benfield also changed the oil just in case). I kind of expected a few grumbles like this when I bought it as it is a ford and i'm not as cross at these faults as I would have been in say an A6 although if they really want to challenge the German brands these sort of small faults need sorting.
Overall I think it's a great car for an expanding family man like myself. I'm proud to be a mondeo man
I bought this car after reading rave reviews and a promising test drive. I am pleased to say that I have not been disappointed. The ride quality and handling are fantastic for a car this size, on any type of road. The 2.0 diesel engine is very flexible and has commendable overtaking power. Inside it is very spacious and the heated seats great as the cold mornings draw in. The equipment list is great and the optional bluetooth a joy to use. Quibbles, I would like the optional parking sensors to show the proximity of the obstacles on the car icon in Convers+ multi-function screen, as they do on a BMW. I would also like more height adjustment on the drivers seat, and have it available on the passenger side too - why can't they do that on a top spec car? But these are small grumbles, it is an excellent car and if you buy one you will not be disappointed.
This is a really great car. Build quality in the first 10,000 miles is excellent although I am not so happy with the 'wobbly' Xenon headlights. The car is huge and takes everything I throw at it. It handles almost beyond belief and makes a great compromise between comfort and super roadholding. Touchscreen Nav and Bluetooth system is easy and works well. DVD Media system is great for the kids. The interior looks good, especially with red seat stitching. This car attracts lots of attention and questions .. three visits to the car wash and each time people want to know about it. Only thing I would really want .. a 3.0tdi engine with 4-wheel drive. This 2.2TD engine is very good but here on the Autobahn it just misses out against the bigger 3.0 tdi Audi / BMW's etc. It will hit 150 mph so it's not slow, it's just it needs longer to get there. So, all in all a great car and EASILY a match for the German Executive bunch. You will not be disappointed. Swallow your pride and give it a go ... the neighbours will not think bad of you.
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