Which used Ford Mondeo saloon should I buy?
The hatchback and saloon each offers a selection of 21 models - 16 petrols and five diesels - but although the diesels deliver more than 40mpg, they lack refinement.
The 2.5-litre V6 isn't as sweet as you'd imagine, either, so our favourites are the eager four-cylinders. Of those, the 1.8-litre offers the best balance of performance and economy, just shading the 2.0.
As for equipment, the basic Aspen trim is decent enough, but it's better to head up the range to LX, which is our choice. It brings you all the creature comforts you need and nothing you can't do without, although GLX raises the bar higher still. Ghia and Ghia X bring leather, wood trim, CD changers and cruise control, while Si and ST are the sporting models.
If you can, go for a model from after February 1998, from when most Mondeos were fitted with standard air-conditioning.