2002 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Far more than a shed
Central locking occasionally locks the car by itself.
Rear caliper sticking.
This car deserves to be more than a shed. Very cheap to buy, cheap to run and dependable.
It's also a surprisingly good driver's car that clearly was designed and developed by people who enjoy driving. The feel and weighting of the major controls would befit a premium car. Steering in particular is excellent, allowing you to place the car very accurately.
The rest of the chassis lives up to expectations. I have enjoyed owning and driving some fine performance cars and believe me, as a driving tool the Mondeo does all that you could expect a family four door saloon to do. It has the rare ability to feel more composed the faster you go, while remaining astonishingly wieldy.
Comfort is not quite so impressive. My Ghia rides on 17 inch wheels with a 45 tyre profile, leading to a ride that, while not jarring, is on the firm and occasionally crashy side.
Most serious flaw are the front seats - they may be leather but are rock hard and set far too high. How Ford could get this wrong on a car designed to travel long distances I do not know.
Refinement is therefore best described as average. The 2.0 Duratec engine may be willing and give decent performance, but it is harsh and rattly. A V6 model would be my choice another time.
In conclusion, a borderline brilliant car that would be near perfect with more refinement and a better driving position.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2016