Long-term update: 2008 Ford Mondeo in the UAE
So far, there are no problems with my 2008 Ford Mondeo. There are slight squeaks coming in from around the centre console, although it is barely noticeable when compared to my previous Mazda 6 and is not intrusive. I had spent more time in city traffic this time which explains the increased fuel consumption. I have spent Dhs 338 dhs for fuel since I bought it and have covered over 1900 km, of which about 75% was spent on the UAE’s highways. Still very happy driving it. It is a very comfortable car.
The interior is as huge as it can get in this category and as classy as it can ever feel. Soft-touch materials have been used around the upper dash, part of the lower dash in the driver’s area, and the upper door panels. There are hard plastics in the lower door panels, under the seats, lower dash near the passenger area including the glove box lid. The lower door panels are also hard plastics; and the design makes a part of the lower plastic panel extend way upward, like in the new Hyundai Sonata. The centre dash has a brushed aluminium finish and the stereo gets a chrome lining to it. The steering wheel has a cheap chrome finish to it –- and that is probably the only cheap-looking part in the whole interior! Seats are cloth with two-tone finish, and are spacious and comfortable. There are a couple of cup holders in the centre console while the rear passengers should adjust themselves with the door pockets.
Space is not an issue at all. There is ample headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers and the car can comfortably seat up to five 6-foot adults with absolutely no issues. There are two power outlets, one in the centre dash which also doubles as a cigarette lighter, and one in the rear. The trunk is as huge as it can get and has more useable space than that of the Accord. With folding seats, space is even more immense.
The stereo output sounds excellent and sound through the speakers come out crisp and clear with above-average bass and treble. As a matter of fact, it was on par with the BOSE units in the Altima and the Mazda 6. The stereo head unit is an in-dash single CD player and has AM/FM radio with RDS support. The buttons on the deck seems reminiscent of a telephone set and even has colour-coded buttons for call functions; but those are in fact buttons for muting the sound. The AUX connectivity port is, weirdly enough, placed behind the glove box lid! It is sort of annoying when the AUX wire hangs partly in the air and rests partly around the gear stick! Rear passengers get separate reading lights.
The interior is quiet with almost no engine noise at most speeds; the engine note is heard only as a slight drone even under hard throttle. Wind noise is evident after 130 kph and road noise is almost absent, thanks partly to Michelin Primacy HP tyres. There isn’t any sort of vibration or anything present, making the driver and passengers of the Mondeo feel pleasant and comfortable.
Ford has done a good job with the exterior too. Mondeo is one of the European Fords to get the ‘Kinetic’ styling aside the Fiesta and Focus. The car looks way too elegant and puts the famous Japanese trio to shame in the looks department. It doesn’t look too bland, dull or bloated -– in fact the design doesn’t even reveal the actual size of the car in a glance! The design is such that it attracts the young and the old alike -– it can suit a mid-twenties professional, a middle-aged businessman and a retired officer as well!
Original Mileage When Bought: 22,132 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 24,035 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 11.2 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 0