This is a damn good car - if it had a German badge, people would be raving about it rather than dismissing it so readily. I have to admit I was slightly railroaded into the Mondeo purchase by my wife and expanding family and nursery costs, and wasn't happy about it (I only agreed as my wife promised we could get an Alfa Brera in a couple of years time if we got the Mondeo now!). But the Mondeo has been a very pleasant surprise.
I hope this review helps someone.
Our previous car was a Lexus IS200 SE, and while I loved it, I have to say the Mondeo is a quicker car and possibly better to drive. It's not quite so bumpy over less than perfect roads, though I do miss the rear-wheel drive through quicker corners.
Equipment levels between the two cars are broadly similar (leather, climate control, heated power seats, sat-nav etc).
The Mondeo was by far the cheaper car, but running costs are higher - that wasn't unexpected... it is a 2.5 V6 after all, but still lighter on the petrol than a Rover 75 2.5 V6 I had owned previously.
So, in summary, it's nowhere near the 'Step down' in quality I was expecting. The Mondeo may not feel quite as well screwed together as the Lexus, but it is an excellent car, and when you comapre it to the asthmatic, poverty-specification 1.8s and 2.0s available from the 'premium' marques (Lexus, BMW, Mercedes, Audi) for similar money, this car is light years ahead on power, equipment and even handling in some cases!
This car is my Cab which i have just changed from a Vauxhall Astra Estate - The difference between the 2 is the earth and sky - it is absolutely superb to drive in all aspects and excellent on fuel - would advise to be careful if steam cleaning ther engines - i happened to burn out my ignition coil on the day i bought it due to water getting inside.it is the best car i have had so far. This is my 2nd mondeo in 3 years.
It looks good - espescially, if it's like mine, in silver with the black trim.
It's slow on picking up speed from a standing start, but once it's up there, it just keeps going.
There's no engine noise and it holds the road like nothing else - it corners with passion.
It can easily tow a 17-foot Bailey caravan across Wales (shoot those posers with Freelanders and Shoguns towing the same van).
It carries all the family's luggage on those exotic vacations departing from Manchester Airport with ease.
In short, it's a fantastic all rounder and not smelly like the diesel.
OVERALL - Still an undercover car, everybody thinks it’s a 2.0 with alloy wheels - Very fast, it would go faster than the Mustang (240 KM/H – 260 for ST) - From Far it looks like the RS4 Audi - Drivers won’t realize what hit them till they see your back lights - Few know about ST220, making it a unique choice
- Very fast car and easy to handle - Astonishing performance, it could easily go with an R32 Golf or a 330 BMW (tested) - It goes beyond 250km/h no problems - Beautiful engine noise on high revs - Manual transmission is great on it, with short shifts making it very good for overtaking.
- Very bad outside finishing, this car is a scratch and dents magnet - Braking is not satisfactory - Getting electrical problems even before reaching 10 000 km - It seems it has a problem in braking discs, many complains…it seems they are fit for a less performance car. - Continental tyres are not the best on it, sometimes you think your driving with square tyres in addition to a vibrating steering wheel. - Bad resale value - No tuning parts for it, not even on the internet.
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