I own a current 54-plated 2.0 Zetec 130bhp hatchback which is due to be changed.
I've had the new 2.0 Zetec TDCi 140 hatchback on Talkback three-day loan. On first impressions, I though that they had taken everything typical about a Mondeo, rehashed it and put it all back again, albeit slightly differently!
Bearing in mind that the old shape is over five years old, with technology moving like it does, you would expect this new one to be more refined.
The rattle of the TDCi engine is still prevalent,despite the car having less than 1000 miles on the clock. The glovebox door is flimsy. The built-in touch screen navigation works well although is not a standard feature in a Zetec car.
The rear windscreen visibility is poor.
The reflection by the front vent mentioned by other reviewers is very obvious.
Fuel economy in my three days was rubbish, only returning a combined 32mpg!
Other reviews say that this car is a rival for BMW/Audi etc. I have owned a 3 Series 320d and I can honestly say that to compare the Mondeo to these marks is utter rubbish. Whilst it is better than the old Mondeo model, it still doesn't come close to those premium brands for driver appeal and kudos.
Ford has tried to move away from the fleet market to keep depreciation lower. Trust me - give it a few more months and Ford will realise the error of their ways and offer these with huge discounts to the fleet operators, because this is where the Mondeo firmly sits.
I actually sell Fords for Hartwell in Huddersfield so you will probably think that I am very biased towards this, however I will give my honest opinion.
When I first saw the car I thought it looked very Volvo-ish from the front, and from the side the looks get better. I am sure that you will agree that it is a fantastic-looking car.
Having driven one, the first thing that you notice is that it feels more up-market than the price tag that it carries - there is very little noise and the specification levels are superb. At the moment you also get a free upgrade with the sports kit on the Zetec model which gives you better alloys, a very stylish spoiler and a better suspention set-up.
All I can say is that this car will take business away from all the volume manufactures and some of the prestige sector, too.
So why not come to see me at Hartwell Ford in Huddersfield, and I will show you how good they really are!!!
I have just taken delivery of a 140PS TDCi Zetec model. I previously owned a 2004 115PS Zetec Nav model and I can tell you now that these two cars are worlds apart!
The interior is light years ahead. Everything is solid and the controls have a satisfying weight to them when pressed, and are nicely layed out and are easy to navigate. At night, the cabin has a nice subtle red glow to it which emits from the dash and stereo/air-con controls and gives it a quality feel. The stereo once again has brilliant sound quality to it with good bass and without distortion or tinnyness.
Handling is responsive and ride quality is excellent, even if it is firmer than the previous model. When you put your foot down in any of the gears, the power is almost immediate, with maybe 1/2 sec lag and is constant instead of it coming in one big lump. I would liked to have had a longer acceleration in first gear before it red-lined as I find I'm changing to second fairly quickly from a standing start.
The only real problems are a terribly designed boot so when it is raining and you open it, the drip off falls nicely onto the boot's contents, and the reflections you get onto the windscreen and side windows from the dashboard. I also think the stereo surround in a silver cheapens the look a bit but nowhere near enough for it to be spoilt.
I took ownership of this car the weekend they were launched in the UK & have done almost 40,000 miles in it. Overall, I averaged 43 mpg until I had it electronically tuned which improved the power significantly & increased the fuel economy to 48 mpg. The car is nice to drive & handles very well. The boot is huge, there is plenty of room inside the car & it is well equiped. From the start, the car felt very big to drive & it still does, far bigger than my last Mondeo. My only complaint is the amount of water that poors into the boot after it has rained. Like all Mondeos though, when I come to trade it in after 3 - 4 years, I expect to get very little for it.
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