Ford Mondeo TDCi for under €24,000

Believe it or not you can now buy a brand new Mondeo 1.6 TDCi called the Mondeo Graphite for just €23,950.

Believe it or not you can now buy a brand new Mondeo 1.6 TDCi called the Mondeo Graphite for just €23,950.

The Zetec range starts from €27,000. The current Mondeo range will be replaced at the end of this year by a new model line up but that means Ford are pushing some great deals on the current car.

I am road testing the standard Mondeo 2.0 TDCi to see what is on offer. We all know by now what a worldwide success the Mondeo has been and that is no different here in Ireland, and its no surprise really as it has proven to be an excellent car.

All in all it looks rather classy. The Mondeo is a big well proportioned car. It has a presence and style that is understated and attractive.

The cabin is huge, very roomy and nicely kitted out. Standard equipment on all Mondeo’s includes: next generation of Ford’s advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) with on-board computer, tinted glass; a pollen filter; power heated body coloured mirrors, front electric windows, cruise control, rear power point; a quality Radio CD player with Aux input socket (MP3) and remote audio steering wheel controls, a heated windscreen, air conditioning and a host of safety features.

The driving position is perfect though it is hard to judge the corners of the car as they are not visible. Reversing takes a bit of judgement too as the tail is hard to see but you soon adjust to that. Other nice features that give the car a more upmarket feel are the chrome style centre console and similar steering wheel buttons.

Accommodation is vast with ample room for five adults and a boot you could get lost in!

The 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine pumps out a very healthy 140ps and in my test car was mated to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

The combination works very well indeed. Acceleration is very good with smooth up and down shifts from the gearbox. A rather nice feature on this car is the automatic hill hold which means that when you take your foot off the brake to drive forward when on an incline the car automatically holds the brakes until you accelerate thus avoiding the possibility of rolling back or having to use the handbrake on a hillstart.

Overall performance is very lively with loads of bottom end torque as you would expect from a diesel.

This engine is pretty quiet too. Only at start would you realise it was a diesel unit under the bonnet. On the economy front this diesel Mondeo impresses with an average consumption of 6.8 litres per 100km I had a range of around 900 km between refuels which is very good.

In general the suspension simply soaks up all road imperfections with ease. Handling is equally impressive. The car is very stable in all road conditions and you really would have to drive in the extreme to unsettle the car. That said should you encounter the unexpected the standard ESP (electronic stability program) endeavours to keep the car on the road. This is a tremendous safety feature and Ford must be commended for fitting it as standard in all new Mondeo models.

The Mondeo feels just about right in all areas, it is big, safe, comfortable, and extremely refined.

It delivers everything you could want form a mid range family car. It feels a cut above it’s rivals. The 2.0 TDCi diesel tested costs €25,320.