Quick and suitably understated
Nothing has gone wrong in nearly 4,000 miles. That is, apart from a cracked windscreen. That was very much the fault of Bromsgrove District Council for putting stone chippings on a 70mph road..
Judging by my last Mondeo, I doubt much will ever go wrong.
After having a Mondeo Ghia previously I wasn't so sure about this lesser specced model. However, it really only misses the kind of little touches the you can easily do without, like footwell lighting and headlamp washers.
The economy has been very pleasing, I typically get around 34mpg. That's about 6-7 mpg better than my old 2.0L Auto.
This car also handles very well indeed. Add to that a good quick engine and the car feels a lot sportier than it looks.
If I had the choice I would probably have gone for a Zetec-S 2.0, but then would it make sense to have a car that is more attractive to thieves and vandals without being any quicker?
In that way, its standard Mondeo looks (+ a little spoiler) is a major plus. I might not get noticed by the ladies, but then I shouldn't have any trouble with idiots either, unlike my friend with an Escort GTI.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th December, 2001