What used Ford Mondeo estate will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Ford Mondeo estate?
The biggest worry is depreciation. If you buy nearly new, make sure the car is cheap enough to offset the heavy loss in value it will suffer. By its third and fourth years, however, the effects of depreciation tail off to far more modest levels. So that's where the smart money goes.
The V6s are hard to track down, and not worth the effort - they hit your wallet hard each time you fill up (27mpg) and renew your insurance (2.5s are group 15, 3.0s are 16). The 2.2 TDCi turbodiesels get walloped for group 16, too, but return a more palatable 45mpg. The 2.0 TDCi cars are the most economical (45.6-48.7mpg and group 9-10), but the 1.8 (group 8) and 2.0 (groups 9-11) petrols should give about 35mpg.
Typical service costs are on a par with those of the Vauxhall Vectra Estate, and an independent outlet should save you about 35% on labour compared to franchised dealer rates.