A well kept secret, Mondeo Titanium is a real crowd pleaser
- 2009 Ford Mondeo Titanium; 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel; six-speed automatic; hatch - $45,990*
A well kept secret in its segment, the Ford Mondeo Titanium is solid, stylish, spacious, versatile and economical; this car has the potential to be a real crowd pleaser. Spread the word.
In the medium sized car segment, under $60,000, Mondeo sales are dwarfed by the Toyota Camry, it pulls around half the sales of the Mazda6, and is on par with the Honda Accord Euro.
Strong competition, admittedly, but the Titanium is fit for the challenge – it’s that good.
The Mondeo Titanium houses a 2.3-litre petrol engine as standard. Our test model has the optional 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine which produces 103kW at 4000rpm and 320Nm at 1750-2240rpm. The engine is a great match for this vehicle and delivers more than pleasing power and pace. The six-speed automatic transmission comes with sequential sports shift that responds fast to produce a very eager performer, particularly at low revs. And there’s minimal turbo-lag. At freeway cruising speeds of around 80km/h, the Mondeo is just as responsive, quickly kicking down a gear when called to task.
With its long and wide proportions – 4778mm long and 1886mm wide - the Mondeo sits heavy and flat on the road, creating a great sense of handling confidence. The sports suspension is well dampened and soaks up the bumps to deliver a beautifully smooth ride. Unlike many large hatches that suffer from increased road noise, the Mondeo’s cabin is well insulated, making the overall ride quiet as well as composed.
The combination of comfort, handling and driving dynamics makes the Mondeo Titanium a very enjoyable drive – it invokes a sense of driver satisfaction and involvement, while nonetheless effortless to handle.
The Titanium claims a combined fuel consumption of 7.3L/100km and we achieved close to this, at around 8.0L/100km on a combined cycle.
The price of the Mondeo Titanium - $45,990 plus on road and dealer costs – positions it at the top end of the Mondeo model line-up, between the Zetec and XR5 models. It is however $1,000 more expensive than the XR5 Turbo. While the XR5 offers up a larger engine and sporty prowess, the Titanium TDCi puts forward a very different value proposition and wins the bling stakes; its price tag is seemingly justified.
The interior design and finish is very well executed - plush and purposeful. The instrumentation is modern and clear to read. Switches, buttons and dials are solid and reinforce the quality feel of the cabin. The leather wrap multi-function steering wheel is well contoured and feels nice in hand, while the steering itself feels natural and precise. Cornering and more tricky maneuvering of the Mondeo is a breeze, while parking sensors help to judge the cars boundaries when parking.
With its split fold seats and huge boot space the Mondeo has an incredibly versatile load space. The hatch, albeit it very heavy, lifts to reveal a massive, easy to access boot. The large rear sloping pillars that help to create this voluminous hatch are however a huge obstruction to rearward visibility.
The Mondeo strikes a strong, masculine stance with its large angular headlights, sloping roofline and fast sweeping lines that lead to a well proportioned rear quarter. A sports body kit gives the already good looking Mondeo a splash of attitude, adding front and rear bumper skirt, side skirts, an enlarged grille, fog lights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Other creature comforts as standard are leather trim seats - heated in the front - a power sunroof, a keyless push button start system and Bluetooth with voice control.
The audio package is also of a high spec. The Titanium comes with a Sony premium sound system - six-disc CD player and eight speakers. It also accommodates an auxiliary and USB music port, all of which work with the Voice Control System.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert and Collision Mitigation is standard on the Titanium. This means, when cruise control is engaged, the cars sensors monitor the traffic ahead and adjust the speed (both up and down) to ensure a safe cruising distance from the car in front.
The Titanium offers a high level of comfort for all passengers. Space is abundant and general cabin ergonomics are very good. There’s plenty of room to comfortably seat three passengers in the second row.
The Mondeo receives a five-star rating from ANCAP, with safety features that include: driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, a collapsible steering column and pedal intrusion prevention system. And to help avoid using your airbags… anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dynamic stability control with traction control and emergency brake assist are also standard.
The Mondeo’s cabin style and finish is right on the money. Digital displays, high shine plastics, soft leather and contrast colour stitching combine to deliver rather slick interior. Squint your eyes and you could be sitting on one of many more expensive European cars.
Sadly, for wagon lovers, the Titanium is only available in a hatch. But don’t let that put you off, this car packs the goods and deserves to be taken seriously. Don’t overlook the Mondeo Titanium.
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