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Ford Mondeo (2000-07)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Mondeo was always a good car; this one aspires to greatness. Classy, roomy, well equipped, safe and reliable, it's even more practical and even better to drive than its predecessor.

For
  • Good choice of engines and body styles
  • Comfortable and well equipped
  • Affordable running costs for its size
Against
  • Some rivals are safer
  • Too commonplace for some buyers
  • Lots of tired high-mileage cars about
Road Test

Ford must have looked hard at the Passat before designing the current Mondeo. It's Passat-sized (and thus far bigger than the previous car), and it's very well made. The tie-breaker? It's cheaper than the VW but drives better. Mondeo plays its winning hand with a neatly laid out cabin, good safety features and generous equipment. Drivers like its taut, responsive steering and reassuring grip; it feels quite sporty even with the smaller engines. A relaxed open-road cruiser, it's also nimble around town. Passengers like the generous leg- and headroom, plus the supple ride. 1.8 and 2.0 petrol engines are the commonest choice; the 2.0 has a slight performance edge. The 2.5 V6 is smoothly powerful but thirsty. Best diesel is the swift and refined TDCi 130 bhp unit. The older 2.0 TDi is a bit noisy. Running costs are sensible for a big car, though initial depreciation is quite steep.

Need To Know

JD Power stars: 3

NCAP: 4

Best Models: 2.0 Zetec-S; 2.0 TDCi 130; estates

Worst Models: 2.0 TDi

Replacement: 2007


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Ford Mondeo (2000-07)
Star Ratings

Handling

5 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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