Commuting 5000 miles in the Mondeo ST220 over the last 10 weeks was to experience mechanical perfection.
Faultless precision of steering response throughout rapid acceleration, crusing and heavy braking returned absolute control.
Rapid and smooth accelleration from the 3.0 litre V6 engine provided freedom to control road position and changes with safety, confidence and ease.
Braking was powerful, smooth, completely predictable and absolutely stable. The car is fast, fun and effortlessly controllable.
Of course, the fuel consumption for the ST220 is around 15% to 25% higher than medium powered saloons, but this increase is very dependent on the drive effort applied - particularly on the acceleration employed.
Modest accelleration and high gear selections will significantly reduce fuel consuption while still retaining an acceptable performance.
With ABS, ESP, and loads of gadgets for easy control and comfort, the ST220 is a first class machine.
Add to this summary the benifit of Ford's competitive servicing and extensive network of service centres in the UK, and the result is that the ST220 is unrivaled.
This car is simply superb. Tax efficient and a pleasure to drive. Enough torque for anyone - just leave other cars behind.
I had a Passat before this and thought that I wouldn't get better. Wrong! I can sit in this car for 6 hours at a time and not have backache. In the Passat I could hardly walk after that length of time.
The car is very roomy and my kids have plenty of legroom in the back. The boot is massive.
Fun to drive, smart, tax efficient and very good quality. Would I go for VW again? No.
I find this car far far better than the new Vauxhall Vectra. It beats the Vectra on things such as cabin space and the drive is far better.
I think people don't give this car the credit where it is due. Ford has done an excellent job with the Mark 3 Mondeo and an even better job on the face-lifted Mark 3 model.
I was very disappointed with the car as it promised so much but delivered little especially in terms of quality.
It seems impossible to change a light bulb without breaking something. At 32,000 miles and three years old, the suspension bushes appear to be shot, the tailgate rattles, the engine has an annoying idle problem on start-up (which Ford does not acknowlege because the computer says it dosen't exist) and the rear centre seat belt is faulty.
It does not measue up to some of the "lesser" Fords I have owned and is certainly less rewarding to own than the 10-year-old Vauxhall it replaced
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