Ford Mondeo 3.0 Hatchback
Ford present the Mondeo 3.0 Ghia X 5dr Hatchback with 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol
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Review of "Ford Mondeo 3.0 Hatchback"
After selling my Mazda RX8 last year due to high ownership costs and a few too many repairs, I was looking for bit of a compromise. I didn't have to look far.
A trip to my local Ford dealer and a test drive soon cleared the idea of any compromise. For a start there was the price, a pre-registered 07 plate with 15 miles on the clock and £10,000 off list price. It was a steal.
Running in took place over the next 3 weeks with a drive to Italy and back. 2,800 miles,averaging 31.5mpg and motorway cruising at about 80mph was pretty impressive. Even now it happily returns 27mpg under normal driving.
Performance wise it's a blast, the sound from that big 3.0 V6 as it revs effortlessly is fantastic and music to your ears. Admittedly the exhaust note could be a little more aggressive. The acceleration is good for a fairly big saloon and the top end is good too. Acceleration even in fifth or sixth gear is very rewarding.
Handling is good, but not the best(after the RX8 it would be difficult to better), there's just a bit too much body roll for my liking, but this is not a grip issue as the tyres are more than upto the job.
Talking of tyres, and the wheels. They do atract the wrong sort of attention. Only had the car three months and had all four wheels stolen(there must be money to be made in this line of work as they left some lovely brand new house bricks for my car to rest on). It's worth purchasing some high quality locking wheel nuts as the Ford ones are a bit poor.
Servicing can be done quite cheaply by taking it to an independant garage. As long as they fit genuine Ford parts it doesn't affect your warranty. I was a bit lucky here as my local Ford garage has just gone independant so the guys know their stuff. You'll still need to use an official Ford dealer for any warranty work.
The only downside is the car tax at £300 for the year, but on the other hand insurance is quite reasonable at around £370.
If your looking for a good size family car with the thrill of a quick car then look no further.
Product Information : Ford Mondeo 3.0 Hatchback
Manufacturer's product descriptionFord present the Mondeo 3.0 Ghia X 5dr Hatchback with 6 Speed Manual Gearbox, Front (FWD) running on Unleaded Petrol
Boot Capacity (litres): 1370, 500
Weight: 1493, 1503, 1495
Towing Limit (kg): 1800
Engine Size (cc): 2967
Insurance Group: 16
Driven Wheels: Front (FWD)
Torque: 206@4900 lb/ft, 210@4900 lb/ft
Release Date: 01.01.2005
Fuel Capacity (litres): 58.5
Warranty: 3 years / 60000 miles
Maximum Speed (mph): 149, 155
Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 7.9 seconds - (Man), 7.6 seconds - (Man)
NCAP Rating: NCAP 4 Star Rating
Number of Doors: 5, 4
Emissions Class: EU4
CO2 Emissions: 247 g/km - (Man), 249 g/km - (Man)
Country of Origin: USA
Range + Engine Type: Mondeo 3.0, Mondeo 3.0i Duratec V6 24V, Mondeo ST220 3.0i Duratec ST V6
Classification: Intermediate Car, Standard Car
Body Type: Hatchback, Saloon
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission type: 6 Speed Manual Gearbox
Power: 204, 226
Available Trims: Ghia X; Titanium X, Ghia X; Zetec S
Range: Ford Mondeo
Listed on Ciao since: 08/05/2004