Used Ford Mondeo Estate 1993 - 2000 review

Category: Estate car

A great drive and decent practicality, all at excellent prices

      Used Ford Mondeo Estate 1993 - 2000 review
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      What's the used Ford Mondeo estate like?

      With the Mondeo, everyone concentrates on how well it drives - and quite rightly so. This is the best-driving car in its class.

      Yet, the most impressive thing is that Ford has created an effective estate without losing any of the driveability of the hatch that it's based on. No matter how much you've got in the back, you'll still enjoy driving it. Admittedly, the ride is a bit firm, but it's a fair price to pay for the excellent handling.


      A great drive and decent practicality, all at excellent prices

      • There's plenty of useable space and practicality, it's excellent to drive
      • and prices are cheap
      • Diesel engines are desperately sluggish and unrefined
      • V6 engines need revving hard and are thirsty

      There's nothing much wrong with the cabin, either. Thanks to the various adjustments on the seat and wheel, the ergonomics are spot-on.

      By the standards of its day the cabin is pretty spacious for passengers, and the maximum boot space of 1558 litres is more than you'll get in a Vauxhall Vectra. However, it's not quite as big as the Peugeot 406 or Renault Laguna.

      Ownership cost

      What used Ford Mondeo estate will I get for my budget?

      How much does it cost to run a Ford Mondeo estate?

      The sheer number of Mondeos means there's a huge choice available, so prices are cheap.

      With any of the four-cylinder petrols, you're looking at miles per gallon in the low- to mid-30s. The diesels, strangely, don't better that by much, returning just over 40mpg. That's very disappointing when a contemporary diesel Passat estate gives over 50mpg. On the other hand, the petrols' economy compares well to rivals such as the Vauxhall Vectra and Peugeot 406.

      Insurance is no great worry, with the most basic cars sitting in group seven, and only the V6s above group 12. The Vectra and Laguna are much the same, but the Mondeo has a slight advantage over the 406 and Passat.

      According to Warranty Direct, the Mondeo is cheaper on average to repair than the Vectra and 406. It's also a considerable help that independent labour rates for Fords are among the very lowest.

      Our recommendations

      Which used Ford Mondeo estate should I buy?

      There's a simple rule to follow when picking engines on this Mondeo: only petrol and no more than four cylinders. The diesels are too unrefined and the V6 petrols too expensive to run.

      Of the rest, the 2.0-litre is the best, because it's got useful extra shove over the 1.8. If you regularly carry heavy loads, the 1.8 and the 1.6 are a bit weedy. Whatever trim you're looking for, always try for a model from after February '98. At that point, the range was revised and the specification improved across the board, with most models getting air-con as standard.

      Don't bother with the entry-level Aspen, though. It's just too basic. At the top of the range, GLX, Ghia and Ghia X add increasing levels luxury (sunroof, four electric windows and leather upholstery), but they're needlessly dear - you'll find pretty much everything you need on LX.


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