Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi

Business Edition

Ford Mondeo Graphite, front
Ford Mondeo Graphite, side
Ford Mondeo Graphite, rear
Ford Mondeo Graphite, interior
Ford Mondeo Graphite

The current Mondeo seems to have been with us for a very long time and there is still months to go before Ford launches its all-new replacement.

It is a sign of how good this car was at launch that it is still selling in decent numbers and that it is still amongst the best in its class even if it is long in the tooth.

Since its introduction back in 2007, this car has been popular with fleet and company car buyers and to keep it competitive Ford recently introduced a Business Edition.

As you would expect with run-out models, Ford has added extra equipment and kept the price down to make the Business Edition a tempting proposition.

A couple of facelifts over the years have kept the Mondeo's looks reasonably fresh and it is still a very good car to drive.

Inside there is bags of space for five adults to travel in real comfort as the cabin is huge.

It is easy to select a good driving position and the seats are very comfortable with the driver's chair having partial electric adjustment.

The instrument panel is clear and easy to read if a bit dated and all the controls are well placed and functional.

Packed with driver's aids like satnav, cruise control and a trip computer, this version also offers a lane departure warning system which vibrates the wheel if you cross a white line without giving a signal.

There is a decent sound system to entertain business drivers during the long motorway miles and a front heated screen is a bonus for the winter months.

The boot is huge and capable of carrying very large items and it also holds a spare wheel which is much better in an emergency than a bottle of useless sealant.

Powered by the smaller 113bhp 1.6 TDCi engine the Mondeo is no racer but it no slouch either. Even in such a big car the 1.6 feels lively and it can power the car to 62mph in 11.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 118mph.

Mated to a slick six-speed gearbox it always feels smooth and it is also surprisingly quiet.

An eco reminder on the dash prompts the driver to use the gears to save fuel and along with the stop/start technology it certainly seems to work.

I never got anywhere near the combined  claimed figure of 65.7mpg but I did achieve 55mpg on a regular basis which is really good for a car of this size.

This generation of Mondeo has always been amongst the top handling cars in its class and it still has few rivals. The steering is sharp and precise and the Mondeo is a delight on the twisty stuff and at home on the motorway.

It may be on the mature side but the Mondeo is still worth a look especially at this price and with this level of equipment.



Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi Business Edition

Price: £21,495

Mechanical:113bhp, 1,597cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 118mph

0-62mph: 11.9 seconds

Combined MPG:65.7

Insurance Group: 17

C02 emissions: 114g/km

Bik rating: 14%

Warranty:3yrs/60,000 miles


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