2010 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Big improvement on the mk3

Faults:

The DPF filter triggered the engine light, as it needs to do a regen every 3-400 miles, and the car is mainly used round town, so it needs a thrash every now and then.

General Comments:

Having owned an 05 plate TDCi 130 for 2 years, I have to say this new model is much nicer to drive, and the seats are more comfortable.

It is better on fuel, and they are supposed to have less reliability issues with injectors and turbos, which seem to plague the old shape. The brakes are also a big improvement, as they were terrible on the old one.

The official fuel figures of 44 urban and 61 extra urban are not going to happen; more like 38 and 50.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2011

14th Aug 2011, 06:51

Having just covered 562 miles, half motorway, half urban, it's averaged 41.5 mpg. That's OK, but 12 mpg shy of Ford's combined figure of 53.3 mpg. There doesn't seem to be much difference between urban and motorway driving, something I experienced with a Galaxy I had with this particular engine.

4th Oct 2011, 11:08

The car's fuel economy continues to be the downfall; the latest tankful has returned a mere 36mpg, though this is all urban.

11th Mar 2013, 05:24

I have recently taken delivery of one of these cars, and after owning a VW Passat 1.9 TDI 130 for close on 5 years, I am very impressed with the vehicle.

Fuel economy is a big improvement on the VW, averaging 53 MPG, and it is much nicer to drive.

The VW cost me a fortune in repairs, and I am hoping for a better time with my new purchase.

2010 Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

It's a fine car for the price, and I'm very happy with it so far

Faults:

Nothing mechanical. The blue of the bootlid FORD badge is flaking.

General Comments:

The engine is fairly smooth at most speeds; nowhere near as agricultural as the 2.0D4D Toyota I had for 86000 miles previously.

Power is adequate, but it's obviously not a high performance car with only 140bhp to play with.

I drive 30000 miles per year of mixed motorways and town/country, and so far have averaged 51mpg, which I think is extremely good for a car of this size.

Talking of size, there is acres of space inside this car. Passengers in the back have lots of legroom, and comparing the front seats with my previous car, is like comparing Ryanair Economy Class with BA Business Class. I can drive it all day, and still feel pretty fresh.

Equipment levels are good too, the built in Bluetooth connects easily with your phone, and the DAB radio is a great touch. Cruise control is a real boon on motorways.

The only thing it's short of is decent cupholders, just a drop in one between the front seats and none at all in the back, which is a shame, especially with a family of four in there a lot of the time!

The one thing that lets this car down is the dealer service, which is unhelpful and cold.

Two services have been carried out at Ford, and both times the car has been returned unwashed. Apparently it's not part of the service anymore, although my wife's Yaris always comes back from Toyota clean, inside and out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2011

17th Feb 2013, 09:30

Update:

I am about to hand this car back to the lease company, as I have had it for three years.

It's got 96000 miles on it and all it has needed is brake pads, tyres and a brake light bulb. That is pretty impressive IMO.

It has spent most of it's time on the motorway in cruise control at between 70-80 mph, and has returned a TRUE 48 MPG (calculated by me, not the car!)

If the dealers were better, I would have another one like a shot.

2010 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 TDCI 140 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

This car is very good

Faults:

Nothing, but I've only had the car 2 months.

General Comments:

A marked improvement in quality from the 2.0 TDCI 130 Ghia I had before.

Big to park - I had to request a different car parking space at the office.

On the open road it comes into its own. Economy 47/48 mpg.

Pressing ahead through country lanes, and this will drop to the 40 mark; still not bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2011