Offered in four variants, the entry model LX, the mid-spec Zetec, a much needed turbo diesel TDci and the range-topping turbocharged Mondeo XR5, Ford has kindly answered calls for diesel and performance variants.
The entry model LX is available only as a Sedan but comes equipped with a variety of standard safety features:
- Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA),
- Dynamic Stability Control
- Seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag and full length side curtain airbags.
Moving up, the Zetec variant is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatch and comes standard with all the features of the LX plus 17-inch alloy wheels and enhanced grille and fog lamps, a Sony premium sound system (a six-disc CD player with eight speakers and MP3 compatibility), rain sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
Both naturally aspirated petrol variants are powered by a 2.3-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 118kW and 208Nm.
There is no manual transmission, both variants are only available with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift. Fuel economy rates at 9.5 litres per 100km, which is a little on the high side.
In response to demands for a mid-size diesel model, Ford Australia has approved Mondeo TDCi. The variant is powered by a 2.0-litre Duratorq four-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine (96kW - 320Nm).
Available in both four-door sedan or five-door shapes, the Diesel variant share the same specification level (including the six-speed automatic gearbox) as the Zetec model. Of course the diesel engine wins on fuel, using just 7.3-litre per 100km. It can theoretically last for 950kms on the highway on one tank!
The car which started all this excitement for us is the new Mondeo XR5 Turbo. We spotted an XR5 a few weeks ago in Melbourne and initially many "in-the-know" claimed it was a dummy - obviously not.
Powered by the same 2.5-litre turbocharged engine as Ford's hothatch, the Focus XR5 Turbo, (engines are built by Volvo) the Mondeo XR5 manages 162kW and 320Nm (0-100km/h figures are not available). The new performance model will add another name to the XR stable, and most probably lead to a locally tuned FPV Mondeo.
In addition to all the features of the Zetec variant, the XR5 receives 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless start via a 'Ford Power' start button, lowered sport suspension and a performance-styled bodykit consisting of front and rear bumpers, fog lamps, and unique upper and lower grilles and rocker panel moulding.
As the only model in the lineup that is not offered in an automatic, the XR5 Turbo is shipped exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
Pricing and options are below:
LX 4-door 6-speed automatic
Zetec 4-door 6-speed automatic
Zetec 5-door 6-speed automatic
TDCi 4-door 6-speed automatic
TDCi 5-door 6-speed automatic
Mondeo XR5 Turbo 5-door 6-speed manual
Voice control with Bluetooth
LX 'Cruise Pack' option (Cruise control, rear power windows, 16" alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel)
Sunroof (Zetec, TDCi and Mondeo XR5 only)
Leather trim with heated front seats (Zetec/ TDCi only)