2005 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Not bad for a Dagenham Dustbin
Nothing ever gone wrong.
The day I had to give up my XK8 was a sad day indeed, but I needed a car with a big boot. The XK8 was an extremely tough act to follow, and at first I didn't much like the ST220. After a few months, it started to worm its way into my good books, and now I can say that I like it very much.
For me, the practicality of this car is hugely important, there aren't many cars that you can fit 3 meter lengths of timber into. The hatch back is quite unusual on a car this size, and has allowed me to fit all kinds of things into it (building materials, sofas etc, etc). Couple this with surprisingly good speed and handling, and this car really starts to make sense.
You have to work the six speed gearbox to get the most out of the 225BHP engine; below 5,000 rpm things seem tepid. Once you're past the magic 5,000 mark though, it unleashes hell! The acceleration in 3rd gear can embarrass a lot of much sportier cars on the road.
I have driven this car very hard over the past 8000 miles, and it has never shown any sign of going wrong. Also, the economy isn't too bad if you drive light footed, around 32MPG on a run.
I don't love this car, and never will. In fact I'm putting it up for sale as soon as my need for a practical car expires; my passion lies with low slung 2 seaters. I have been forced by circumstance to own a big practical 4 seater, but I firmly believe that there is nothing else out there that can offer as much practicality without compromising performance. For that reason, I would have to say this is a very good car that has served its purpose perfectly for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2011