Used Ford Mondeo Saloon 2000 - 2007 review

Category: Family car

It's cheap, well built, reliable, spacious and - best of all - superb to drive

Ford Mondeo Saloon (00 - 07)
  • Ford Mondeo Saloon (00 - 07)
  • Ford Mondeo Saloon (00 - 07)
Used Ford Mondeo Saloon 2000 - 2007 review
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What's the used Ford Mondeo saloon like?

For all its space, practicality and versatility it's the way the Mondeo drives that sets it apart from rivals. It hides its size well through an almost perfect blend of supple, well-controlled ride and crisp handling, topped off by great feel through the controls. Wind noise at speed is the only disappointment.

In terms of everyday usability, it's up with the very best. With reach and rake adjustment on the steering wheel, as well as height adjustment on the driver's seat, the driving position is spot-on for people of all shapes and sizes. And, thanks to the wide cabin and generous head- and legroom in the back, you can get five adults inside in comfort.


It's cheap, well built, reliable, spacious and - best of all - superb to drive

  • The Mondeo is spacious, cheap and drives well
  • It's noisy, and large-wheeled versions have an over-firm ride
  • Not as practical as hatch or estate

On all models, a split-fold rear seat and spacious boot give it top marks for practicality. However, for outright versatility, you'll be better off with a hatchback than this saloon.

Equipment levels are generous, even on the most basic models, and build quality is also excellent.

Ownership cost

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

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

Compared with many family cars, the relative undesirability of the name and its wide availability mean the Mondeo is a cheap used buy. Once it's taken that first major hit of depreciation, the subsequent drops in value are much easier to stomach.

You should see well over 30mpg from four-cylinder petrol cars and close to 50mpg from the TDCi diesels. Both compare well to the competition, while insurance groups are also generally on a par, except on the most powerful models, the V6 petrols and 2.2-litre diesels.

The good reliability means you shouldn't need to have the car fixed too often, but labour rates at dealers are acceptable anyway, so even basic servicing and maintenance won't mean you have to delve too deeply into your pocket. However, things are better if you take the car to an independent, where you'll find average costs among the lowest for any make.

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Which used Ford Mondeo saloon should I buy?

The best bit about the Mondeo is its high sales as a new car, which means it's widely available on the used market. And, on top of that, you can get everything you need on even the base version, so there's no point looking beyond the 1.8 LX, with its good performance and low running costs.

In common with all Mondeos, it has good levels of safety and security equipment, plus goodies such as a CD player, remote central locking and air-con. Stepping up through the trims brings things such as CD multichangers, alloy wheels and leather upholstery.

Also worth considering are the TDCi diesels. They're much better than the Di units originally fitted to this car. However, they are dearer and only make financial sense if you cover high mileages, when the lower cost of fuel offsets the extra the car cost to buy in the first place.

The hot STs are decent performance cars, but ride more firmly and are expensive to run.


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