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2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
by Ewan Kennedy

Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test

Ford Mondeos first arrived in Australia in 1994. They didn’t sell particularly well so imports were discontinued in 2000. The return of the Mondeo to Australia in 2007 was welcomed by those who liked the idea of a vehicle with European styling and dynamics that could be used as a family car. The all-new Mondeo is significantly larger than the first series. In fact, it’s almost in the Falcon class inside and out.

The global outlook of the Ford motor company means there is a resemblance between the shape of the European Ford Mondeo and the Australian Ford Falcon. Our local car takes a more conservative approach than its imported brother. We really do like the looks of the Mondeo, particularly its short overhangs and the sleek treatment of the rear end.

The second Australian series Ford Mondeo, which is fully imported from Belgium, has a 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. All models have a six-speed automatic transmission. Our road test was done on a diesel engined model, it’s not the biggest seller in the range as Australians are still coming to grips with the idea of diesels in cars. But the Europeans have used diesels for decades and this Ford unit is one of the better examples of the modern generation.

2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test

It pulls well from low revs and doesn’t suffer from too much lag. Only when the engine is cold is it obviously a diesel when it’s idling, and even then you may only notice the noise when standing outside the car. On the move it’s pretty well as quiet as a petrol engine. While accelerating it has a pleasant deep note from the exhaust.

The main reason for buying a diesel engine is to cut fuel consumption. Most owners will only use about six to eight litres per hundred kilometres in country running and on our low-speed motorways. Consumption isn’t likely to go much above nine to ten litres per hundred kilometres even when doing hard commuting work in heavy traffic.

The Ford Mondeo was originally offered in four-door sedan, station wagon and five-door hatchback formats. However, the sedan was never a big seller, and looked too much like the hatch. So Ford withdrew it from Australia late in 2009 as part of an overall rationalisation of its entire model range.

Very pleasing are the European handling and comfort characteristics. There really is something about Euro cars that gives satisfaction to those who enjoy driving. The way the car answers commands properly, feels neutral and is happy to change direction part way through a corner. We are also impressed by the solid feel of the body, a feel that bodes well for long life.

2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test
2010 Ford Mondeo Review & Road Test

On smooth to moderate surfaces the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels of the new Mondeo are very good. However, there’s a fair bit of road-noise intrusion on coarse-chip surfaces. This could put off people who do a lot of driving in the bush. Tyre noise isn’t unusual in European cars, but the Aussie designed and built Falcon controls noise so much better.

Front-seat room in the Mondeo is good and the rear can carry tall adults in comfort if those in front are willing to give up a bit of space.

Boot room is good in all body variants, with the wagon that we road tested having a usefully square styling that lets it swallow longer loads than you might anticipate. However, it simply can’t compete with the enormous load area of the home grown Falcon in this respect.

Mondeo makes a nice alternative for those looking for a family car that’s away from the Falcon/Commodore mould. It’s certainly worth adding to your short list of cars, particularly if you like the economy and long-legged gait of the turbo-diesel models.


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Ford Mondeo Specs

LX : MB : 2.3L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - UNLEADED PETROL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
FORD
Model
MONDEO
Variant
LX
Series
MB
Year
2010
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$7,700 - $8,750
Dealer Retail
$9,070 - $10,780
Dealer Trade
$6,000 - $7,000
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
2.3L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
208Nm @  4200rpm
Max. Power
118kW @  6500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
76.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
87.5x94mm
Compression Ratio
10.6
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.333
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
70Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
9.5L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1545
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1512mm
Length
4830mm
Width
1886mm
Ground Clearance
112mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.5
Front Rim Size
6.5x16
Rear Rim Size
6.5x16
Front Tyres
215/55 R16
Rear Tyres
215/55 R16
Wheel Base
2850
Front Track
1579
Rear Track
1595
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Lower control arm, Gas damper, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Control Blade, Gas damper, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Traction Control System
Driver
Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Front Floor
Country of Origin
Belgium