Meet the Ford Mondeo, a car meant for the world. Competing for its segment with the likes of the Accord and the Mazda 6, the Mondeo has curved a reputation for itself. It’s one of the cars that saved Ford in Europe
What’s in a Name?
Mondeo seems to draw its name from the French word monde which means world or fashionable world. The Mondeo is known as the Ford Fusion in the North American market.
Development of the Mondeo started all the way back in 1986 and cost Ford an incredible $6 billion to design it. This is one of the biggest new car programs ever in the auto industry. The Mondeo was designed to be as a world car. It was codenamed as the CDW27. Another factor in its astronomical costs was that the Mondeo was a completely new design from its predecessor the Sierra. By the time it launched in 1992, Ford Europe was going through a tough time. At the time it had acquired a reputation of building its cars through accountants rather than engineers. The models at the time had poor handling and a less than impressive ride-quality. Thus, the Mondeo was do or die for Ford in Europe.
Currently, the Mondeo has reached its fourth generation which is codenamed as the CD391. It was launched in the 2012 North America International Auto Show. It took most of its design cues from the Ford Evos concept which was unveiled in the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It later went on to debut in Europe at the autumn of 2014, which was delayed as the initial date had been in 2013. This delay happened as Ford took the time to address issues pertaining to quality.
The Ford Mondeo is available as either a liftback, saloon or estate, and here are its trims:
Powering is a single three cylinder and various four cylinder engines. The most powerful four cylinder engine is the 2.0 L 240 PS EcoBoost engine. While the most powerful diesel engine is the 2.0 L Duratorq four cylinder that produces 210 PS. Also, there is a Hybrid available that couples a 2.0 L Duratec four and an electric motor to produce a combined 187 PS. Finally for shifting, the 6-speed auto comes as standard, while the 6-speed manual is optional.
An 8” touchscreen is the center attraction of the Mondeo, where you can access sat nav and radio. You’ve also got heated seat, climate control, SYNC2 voice-activated connectivity and USB ports to look forward to.
The Mondeo has to be one of the best looking cars in its segment. Its meshed grille and sharp headlights makes it look like a catfish. From behind the Mondeo has a really clean look. Outside, there is no doubt about it, this is one of the best looking cars in this segment.
The Mondeo’s niche has been its excellent handling that mirrors sports-like performance. However, that is lost in the new Mondeo. However that aside the new Mondeo offers something else in return, it has a more comfortable ride. It is endowed with practicality, where you will find space for your luggage or passengers. Another discomforting aspect of the Ford is that it has a lengthy options list and its Hybrid doesn’t make practical sense. Other than that, the Mondeo is a superb machine, one worth considering seriously.
The starting price of a Ford Mondeo is $ 22,610.
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