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Mondeo , Julie Andrew designed this car
Better quailty from ford
Bland boring and everything i expected
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The Ford Mondeo has to be one of the blandest cars on the road, it really stands for all the things I hate about the UK, bland safe golf playing daily mail readers who listen to Radio 2 (daytime) please look away now as its your world I am about to attack. And if you want valve clearances, engine overdrive quantum figures and tyre lift gear ratios please looks elsewhere as this review looks at actually having a new Mondeo not the facts and figures which you can just get off the Ford website
My expectations of the Mondeo (or MundaneO as we call them) was of a Rep chariot with standard poor ford quality, and a direct design evolution from the Cortina, but my initial opinions were totally incorrect, so lets put all my preconceptions aside and review it properly like on Top gear, but without the far right political agenda and childlike love for driving around to quickly.
Exterior Styling: There is none, itís very boring and would blend in to any Tesco car Park (as I found out with hilarious consequences when I got in to the wrong car and drove back to somebody elseís life). They have at least removed the nasty retro chrome, which ford seemed to have favoured on other models and gone for a more modern brushed aluminium look (brushed aluminium is the new black) But as for style, well there is none. All the handles feel solid, and all the external trim remains on the car after some 3K (which is a record for me). but there is no escaping its pure tedious boring looks, this car is designed to sit on a Barrat housing estate , thatís how boring and tame it is. Itís the new labour or car design trying to be all things to all Stepford husbands
Interior Styling: Well it all works very well, buttons are positive and the level of equipment is quite good (electric windows, mirrors). The air-conditioning and heating system is one of the best I have seen and is both precise and functional. The cruise control takes a bit of getting used to, and I am sure in the wrong hands could dangerous
The Heated windscreen is an annoying diversion when driving as my eyes constantly focus on the elements embedded in the screen, which at 70+ on the motorway is not really a very good thing. The stereo is OK, but you get the impression that its made for a Perry Como fan rather than then a 37 death metal fan, it seems to gravitate on FM to Radio 2 and the lack of Bass is annoying (unless you are a Perry Como fan that is). Ford also (like many other manufactures) seems to have put there fingers in there ears sung a little song and shouted lalala we cant hear or see you 21st century, as there is no audio input for ipods, MP3 players or minidisk, there is also NO Bluetooth connection or even places to hold your mobile. You do get a retro clock, which looks rather like Clive Dunn at a rave, why put a horrid analogue clock in a Mecca to black plastic and brushed aluminium.
Most modern cars have cup holders and cubby holes, and although there are plenty of spaces for your latte thatís about it, no under seat storage or hand little holes for ipods, phones etc. There is also little interest in ergonomics of the driver, the only cubbyhole I found fell open and when I re-entered the car I gashed my leg.
The trim level in the car is quite good, but again it lacks the finishing touches, which other manufactures seem to offer. A prime example of this is the fact that none of the controls are lit, so if its dark and you want to find the handy steering column mounted radio controls or cruise control you are stuffed, and have to reach to use the aforementioned Radio2 loving stereo.
It is all adequate; it handles quite well, and its nice and quite. The cruise control is a good addition, but frankly I would have rather had stereo, which sounded good when cranked on the motorway. The word nice is phrase overused by me in this review, and to be fair if you want nice then this mondeo is probably the car for your nice family on there nice estate. But donít forget that even nice Julie Andrew dropped out her puppies, and being nice all the time is not a good thing
Excellent review. What is the left wing/ non radio 2 car that you have opted out for?
skysurfer 26.01.2006 02:26
cant agree with this review.i have this same car - four years old -39000 miles and paid less than £4000 for it last autumn.if you paid over £19000 for one of these when new you must be mad.why didnt you get a jaguar s type? then with this and your ipod and other daft items you can give this outward impression of success if image is so important .no ipod connection - how terrible.talking of which why are people going crazy about a sound source inferior to the cd which was invented over 20 years ago?are we going backwards?oh yes -because it says "im cool...."
i think the new mondeo is smart looking and comfortable and has 4x electric windows,e/mirrors,aircon,remote locking,cd player etc etc.what more do you really need.you may like quirky cars to be different but they are usually quirky because no one else buys them for good reason.ive had cars that are not so common and wasted a lot of time and money at dealers getting them fixed.im into surfing and can get all my stuff in the car,get to the beach without breaking down and spend my spare money on better things like going on holiday.if you manage to get into the wrong car perhaps its best your not let out alone and although to you status is everything, dont buy a BMW 3 series whatever you do -there will be even more of them in the supermarket car park