good looks, interior quality, fuel economy
powerful V6 choice, pricey with options
The redesigned-for-2008 Mondeo is an attractive midsize car built in Europe that
shares a Mazda platform. It looks excellent inside and out, but loses out to the Japanese with a
weak combination of carryover engines, along with the stigma of expensive dealer maintenance charges. It was facelifted a bit for 2011, with a new front bumper and grille. The Mondeo is largely avaliable as a family sedan, but it
is also available in sporty liftback and practical wagon form in some markets. The Mondeo is a tremendous success in Europe though, simply because its handling is outstanding, rivalling more expensive cars like Alfa Romeo, all for an affordable price. The interior is
especially attractive and put together well. The base Mondeo is powered by the
2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, available with a 5-speed manual. A 2.3-litre
4-cylinder engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission in the higher
model. Various trim levels are available, all with power windows, trip computer, ABS
brakes, front airbags, CD stereo with MP3 connector and more. Options include stability control, CD changer, keyless starter button, Xenon
adaptive headlights, tyre pressure monitor, sunroof, fog lights, variable
suspension settings, hill launch assist and adaptive cruise control.
Interior squeaks and rattles. Check for faults with cabin gadgetry, especially in higher-trim models. Check for minor oil leaks and fix before it leads to engine failure in high-mileage cars. Check for corrosion in power-steering system, noticeable as noise coming from steering rack. Excessive engine noise usually caused by deterioration of firewall insulation.