2005 Ford Mondeo Zetec 1.8 125PS petrol from UK and Ireland
Good bits, but the whole package is unconvincing
This is an initial review - so I haven't had the car long, but as a result of the test drive, it needed a new throttle sensor, which the dealer fitted.
The cabin is a nice place to be - the controls are well laid-out, and it's easy to gather the information you need. The CD/radio is intuitive and easy to operate, giving a good sound.
However, rear visibility in the hatchback (which this is) is very poor indeed, and reversing is as much a matter of luck as judgement!
It feels very underpowered, and much gear changing is required to extract any sort of performance from the car. The brake pedal is very heavy, yet the clutch is very light. Throttle response is quite slow.
The steering and suspension are pleasantly communicative and crisp, giving reasonable handling, yet given the large, unwieldy feel of the car, I wonder if a softer feel to the whole setup might not actually be more appropriate. This is of course a matter of personal preference, though.
The car has returned 35 - 36 mpg, and this is mostly on my wife's very leisurely driving. I compare this with my Clio 172, which, whilst it is a smaller car, is a bigger, much more powerful engine, and is driven fairly hard. It gives 37 - 38 mpg. This doesn't reflect well on the Mondeo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th November, 2011