2002 Ford Mondeo LX tdci from UK and Ireland


Forget the badge-Drive the car


Nothing. So far so good.

General Comments:

Married, with 3 children aged 11, 9 and 7 and needed a car with a degree of safety, room, comfort and three 3 point belts in the rear. We went to the dealer with the intention of buying a people carrier, and ended up with a Mondeo.


The salesman's view was that this was one of the best cars Ford has made. I cannot disagree with him. It's frugal, fast and comfortable. It's good fun to drive, my wife likes it and the children are happy with it, as it's got space, comfort and a better sound system than we've got at home.

I do a mix of motorway driving and driving in the Scottish Highlands. The car is a consummate motorway cruiser, but the diesel engine has enough poke to get past slower vehicles safely on narrow rural roads. Being a canny Scot, I don't see as much of filling stations as I used to.

This year's driving holiday to France should be a walk in the park in this car.

Maintenance wise, all I've done thus far is change the oil, which I do with every car at 6000 mile intervals.

Only with hindsight, do I now know that Jeremy Clarkson wasn't far off the mark when he panned the Vectra after it came out. It's a shame it took so long for me to realise he was right.

I'm in danger of turning into a car bore I like it so much!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

2002 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 V6 24v petrol from UK and Ireland


Merc quality, BMW dynamics, Ford price


No faults.

General Comments:

I am shocked and amazed at how good this car is. Not only does it comprehensively out-perform and out-handle my previous Mercedes C280 Sport, but it seems just as well made.

Engine is a peach - power everywhere and a lovely growl. Love the Recaros and the classy (if German rip-off) dash layout. Steering and handling are flawless. Didn't realise front wheel drive could be so capable.

My friend drives a BMW 328i and was on the verge of ordering a new 330Ci when my ST was delivered. Now he's driven it, he's thinking twice, but being a badge snob I doubt he'll actually do it. Says a lot for the ST's ability though that he's even thinking about it.

As someone who couldn't care two hoots about the badge on a car, I don't believe a better all rounder exists at this price, or some way above it. You don't need to buy German to get a top notch sports saloon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

25th Feb 2003, 17:29

My friend, sure you don't have to buy a German car. Just try a FRENCH one, equal and much better to yours, the PEUGEOT 406, 3.0 V6 24v petrol Manual, which is a lot of a fabulous car. If you dare, just try it!!

And at last but not least,do not make the mistake to contrary it, in any road.

You'll be surprised for good.....my friend.

2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2 litre turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good value and all round performance


Engine stutter around 2000 rpm.

Slow to warm up from cold.

Emergency jack fiddly to use when changing wheel.

Radio cassette turned on and off by itself, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Affordable speed and economy, combined with bags of space in the estate version and reassuring handling. Comfortable and easy to drive.

My first Ford after years of Audi and Saab motoring. I've not been disappointed.

The only niggling fault is the consistent engine stutter that my UK dealer recognises but Ford have not yet cured.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

2002 Ford Mondeo GhiaX 2.0 Tdci from UK and Ireland


Superb handling, performance and economy


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

I bought this automatic diesel without a test drive. I had previously owned a Mondeo Ghia X diesel and got over 190,000 miles out of it without any major problem - didn't even have to replace the exhaust, my son is now driving it.

First impressions of the new Mondeo are good, the performance compared with my old Mondeo is stunning - it pulls away like a rocket and although I am still taking it fairly easy on the engine, cruising at motorway speeds is quiet and smooth.

The engine is noisy when cold and up to about 30mph is rougher than I would like and at 30 the auto gearbox seems to have trouble deciding whether to be in 3rd or 4th. I have found that I tend to use the manual shift to force it to 4th gear, after that it is really smooth and the auto box works well.

The cruise control work well and makes a real difference on a journey.

Even on my first tank of diesel I got over 50mpg.

The leather seats are very comfortable with excellent support under the thighs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2003