2009 Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TDCi from UK and Ireland
Big, spacious, luxurious family car
When I originally test drove the car, there was a clunking noise coming from the front passenger side. This was agreed to be looked into and rectified before I purchased the car, however the dealer obviously couldn't be bothered to do this, so it went back in under warranty to have a faulty shock absorber replaced.
I bought this car after I got bored of my 2008 Vectra 1.8 SRi (see the review here: http://www.carsurvey.org/review_132614.html).
Unfortunately, due to the depreciation of the Vectra and the Mondeo still commanding high prices, I had to settle on a Mondeo with 113000 miles on it, however this was backed up with a comprehensive service history, one owner and bought from a main Ford garage in Altrincham.
On test driving the car, it was immediately apparent how big the car was, however, this was one of the plus points so was welcomed.
Front and rear parking sensors are, I think, a must for the estate version, which is the variant we have.
The car we bought was an ex-Ford Direct car, so it had additional options such as an electric sunroof, 18" alloys, rear spoiler and privacy glass - all of which make the car stand out from the other run of the mill Mondeos.
The car drives very well, however it really comes into its own when it is cruising on the motorway. It is very quiet and comfortable, and the 6 speed gearbox means you can cruise at 70mph at just under 2000 RPM and be right in the torque band for if you want to move quickly.
Fuel consumption is good, returning around 30 MPG on short around town journeys, rising to around 55 MPG on a decent run out.
One downside is that the cambelt is due to be changed every 125000 miles, and there was no documentation with the car that this had been done, so we had to stump up the cost to have this changed.
The cost for this was £540 from a main Ford dealer, which included a water pump and aux belt change, along with all associated tensioners.
It took the dealers two days to do the change as it is a labour intensive job.
All in all, I am very pleased with the car. It has everything you want in a car: space, gadgets such as voice commands, electric windows all around, digital climate control, automatic wipers and lights along with the pretty and colourful Convers+ dashboard.
We are due to drive to Paris in the coming weeks, so will be interested to see how well it performs on a 1300 mile round trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st June, 2015