Similar cars tried:
Camry, Accord, Mazda 6, Passat, Alfa 159
35% city, 65% highway
Duration of car driven:
I have tested all the cars in this class like the camry, accord, mazda 6 and even alfa 159 and passat CC. Only the passat drive better but it's 30k more expensive! Alfa 159 looks great but the selespeed sucks and comes with dodgy reputation. Out of the above cars, the best value IMO is the ford mondeo.
It has great refinement, handling, comfort, spaciousness, good FC and the quality of continental makes. The jap cars like camry, accord and mazda 6 felt cheap when I compared the mondeo with them. The moment I drove the Mondeo and looked at the price tag, I knew this would be the car for me. It's really the best in her class and I say that with my hand on my heart. The only other car I would buy is the passat CC but that's in another price category altogether so I guess not fair to compare.
If you're looking for a medium size saloon/hatch in this class, you won't go wrong with a Ford Mondeo.
Excellent refinement that can be found in higher quality makes
Looks great aesthetically both interior and exterior
Very good FC of 10km/L for a 2.3L car
5 year warranty by Regent motors - How many cars have 5 year warranties in this category?
Excellent value for money - the best in her class
2.3 litre engine could have been better. But performance is more than acceptable and capable.
Would be a great bonus if there is no crazy tax laws for diesel turbo cars. The TDCi mondeo in UK yields better performance and FC.
This is the first time I've test driven a Ford car and does it impresses me! Sure, the looks is a bit derivative but the interior design of the cabin do make up for it with it's futuristic Sony HU unit and HAVC graphics. However, the plastics used in the cabin could have been better.
Yet, the handling's excellent. I have never driven a car (thus far) that feels extremely planted around corners! The mondeo has the ability to communicate with you - you know exactly what all the four wheels are doing!
Get this car if you are looking for a value for money alternative to the 3-series!
Very good handling characteristics
slightly "cheap" interior cabin due to the quality of materials used
Just got my Mondeo today (29 Feb). Wonderful day to get a car. The 10-year COE will last me 40 years as 29 Feb occurs once every 4 years :-) Hehehe....how I wish it was true.
Anyway, the car is big. Had some trouble getting it into the parking lot as there are pillars nearby. The handling is wonderful and the ride comfort is good. One thing I like about the Mondeo is the seats. It is really firm. The 5-door version has an incredible boot space when the rear seats are folded down. You can even put in a mattress inside, open the hatch door and gaze at the stars. However, one thing I don't like is that the 5-door rear windscreen is extremely small. As my previous car was an MPV, looking through such a small windscreen makes it looks myopic.
The factory Sony audio head is relatively good too. It pumps out rich powerful bass and crystal clear trebles. Plus there is an Aux-In in the glove compartment so that you can connect it to your iPod or Creative MP3 players.
There seems to be some rattling and vibrations when I turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and right. Not to sure if this is normal,but it worries me and I'll probably check with the mechanic next week.
Apart from that, I guess I'll have to find out the idiosyncrasies about the car later on....
At less than $100K (must bargain), it is a better buy than some of the Japanese cars and they offer 5 yrs/100,000km warranty.