The Mondeo isn’t trying to look like it could scale Everest, so it’s out of fashion. But it offers plenty of good reasons for bucking the car-buying trend
Segment-busting is all the rage in the car industry these days – which is bad news for models like the Ford Mondeo, because seldom has anything been so utterly segment-defining.
If you’ve just bought an Avensis, or an Insignia, or a Mazda 6, or a Peugeot 508, and your mate in the pub who knows nothing about cars asks you what your new motor is, you just need to tell him it’s ‘like a Mondeo’ and he’ll nod and say ‘ah, right.’
What he probably won’t say is ‘oh wow’ the way he might if you’ve bought a funky SUV instead. Which is one of the reasons why so many people are doing that.
But there are plenty of reasons why the Mondeo still makes a sound purchase. Here are seven of the best…
1. With a vast dealer network, the Mondeo should be a hassle-free car to own. Parts won’t be expensive, either.
2. Those dealers are willing to deal, too. Play hardball and you can get a big discount – important as the Mondeo isn’t great at holding its value. We’d say the best-value model is the 2.0 TDCi Zetec – though whatever you buy, you’ll take a knock if you sell it again quickly.
3. The Mondeo handles very tidily indeed – and it rides comfortably, too. To make the most of the latter, go for a less ostentatious model, as the fancier ones have bigger wheels and lower-profile tyres which are less able to soak up the bumps.
4. It’s also very refined – though in this case, the 1.5T petrol engine is the one to go for. At motorway speeds, wind and engine noise are all but absent, making it a very smooth and quiet cruiser.
5. The driver’s seat offers loads of space in which to get comfy, and all models have adjustable height and lumbar support.
6. The luggage area, too, is pretty enormous – and on hatchback models, which make up the bulk of the range, loading up is a cinch – even without a variable-height floor.
7. Safety is likely to be a high priority on a family motor like the Mondeo. That’s one reason for aiming high in the model range, where you’ll get the most kit. All models are well provisioned and have a 5-star EuroNCAP rating, though, and you can dip into the options to add city braking to the list.
If a new Mondeo is a bit too rich, or you don’t fancy being mugged by early-onset depreciation, the good news is that that same depreciation makes it a strong prospect on the used market. The current model is still pretty new, but a late version of the one it replaced can look very tempting.
We’d recommend the well equipped Zetec Business Edition with the 2.0 TDCi engine. Go shopping with ten grand in your pocket and you’ll find a selection of 2013 models. Mileages might be above average, but with the motorway having been the Mondeo’s typical habitat that should matter less than normal so long as none of the usual shed alerts go off while you’re examining it.
Talking of sheds, if you’re after a set of wheels for cashpoint money there’ll be a Mondeo to suit you too. It might make you shudder, but at least you won’t need to lose any sleep over parts prices.