Ford Mondeo 2.3 5dr Review
Mondeo Magic

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
4 Feb 2008

Yes, it’s a Mondeo and no, you don’t have to be much of a car buff to know that. But, if you will, there are two main points to note. Firstly, this is the newest, latest Mondeo – revised, refreshed and all spruced up inside out. Secondly, our market will only get a 2.3-litre engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Aesthetically and practically speaking

Even punters were impressed by this new Mondeo. They were, however, speculating that this Mondeo is running on the same 2.3-litre engine seen in the Mazda 6, an automatic transmission that Ford and Volvo developed together, and a suspension set-up (again) developed together by Ford and Volvo. Well, when you’re a company with brands like Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover under your belt, anything is possible.

Ford is on a roll at the moment, with its new “Kinetic Design” – Ford’s new design language. This new design language does make itself obvious, as just by taking a glimpse, you’ll notice how attention to details is something worth pointing out with this new Mondeo. To begin with, it has a proportionate and nicely sculpted exterior, which ultimately, gives it a good balance between sporty and elegance – it will never look out of place at the country club or the shopping mall. From certain angles, our test car here doesn’t seem to portray itself as a 5-door too, so much so that it can pass off as a sedan.

Scrutinise the exterior bits a little more, and you’ll be able to notice little details, like the nicely-sized door handle, side signal repeaters that has small air vents, two exhaust pipes and, to top it off, chunky seven-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. But what remains subjective is the placement of the roof-mounted antenna - placing it towards the rear end will surely improve the overall exterior aesthetics by a notch.

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Engine Capacity 2261cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (87.5mm X 94mm )mm
Power 161bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 208Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 111.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 207 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4778 x 1886 x 1500) mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Kerb Weight 1443 kg


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs