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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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145 reader reviews for Ford Mondeo Hatchback.
  • 2.0 DCi Zetec-S 5dr

    Bill Ralphson , Lancashire . Date: 10/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I find this car a pig to drive around town.

    It came with 18-inch alloys and it crashes through holes in the road and it also consequently has heavy steering. My wife will not drive it.

    Flimsy switchgear feels as though it will come off during operation especially indicator and wiper arms. I feel the six-speed box is just a nuisance in town driving. Build and fit is OK ecomony is OK.

    The depeciation is alarming. If I had not bought this car from a car supermarket I would be facing something like an £8000 loss in 11 months. This the first Ford I have bought in 15 years, having previously been a Ford man. Never again! Back to the Japanese for me.

  • 1.8i 16v LX 5dr

    G Thomas Date: 08/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I hired this car:

    1) I found it impossible to get comfortable in the driver's seat. The lumbar support sticks in your back like a cardboard box wedged in front of the seat behind - really awful.

    2) The road rumble / wind noise from underneath the car is horrendous. I swear there was less from an old car I learnt to drive in, which had a foot-wide hole in the floorpan. Have they installed echo chambers in cheap tin? Did the car I hired have no sound-proofing at all?

    3) The reviewer's comment on the dynamics of this car - what car were they driving as a comparison? I drove a Ford Transit the week before and it had better ride and handling.

    4) Thw switch gear / interiror looks good at first glance but feels so so cheap. I was worried if I turned the headlamp switch too hard the knob would crumple in my hand.

    5) The zig-zag wire in the heated front windscreen catches glare off other cars and can create a pretty effect, just where you are trying to look out on rainy nights.

    Overall, a massive disappointment. No wonder fleet car drivers are always so grumpy. I hired this car between selling an Alfa Romeo 145 and buying a VW Touran. I expected a slight dip in build quality but the huge gulf between Ford and these other brands amazed me.

  • 2.0 TDCi 130 Ghia X 5dr

    andy smithies Date: 23/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is a vast improvement on previous Mondeos. I have owned 4 Mondeos and this present model is more refined with a better equipment level.

    The vehicle is extremely comfortable and is just superb on fuel consumption. I average about 45 miles to the gallon - pity diesel isn't 50p per litre!

    My wife swears by the Citroen C5 Exclusive, but I think the Mondeo shades it.

    If the opportunity arrives to own and drive, I have no hesitation in recommending this car.

  • 2.0 TDCi 130 Ghia 5dr

    Peter Broome , Essex . Date: 12/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My local Ford dealer gave very good service, was able to do a good PX deal against '52 Focus Ghia 2.0l.

    The car came with 3,000 miles on clock and is six months old. The car is shared with my wife. She is 5'3" and I am 6'3" and we both have found it very simple and easy to adapt the driving position. The ergonoics in the cabin make it very user frendly.

    The auto gearbox with five speeds give excellent smooth acceleration and I've found it to be very responsive when pushed hard.

    Fuel enconomy has been brilliant, we have taken the car to Nice in France, and driven back overnight with no problems from fatigue

    It's better than VW and GM cars of the same size. Ford have definitly craked it with this one.

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