Advantages Very stylish and responsive car
Disadvantages Only one plip key
My husband and I recently purchased a 2 Litre Ghia Automatic in metallic silver. Having driven a Renault Laguna for years, I was agreeably surprised by my first impression of the Mondeo. To begin with, I like the retro styling, with the black walnut effect interior and the silver colour of the door release handles, a finish which is echoed on the silver spokes of the steering wheel, on the hands and face of the traditional style clock, and on the outside with a smart set of alloy wheels.I love the 6 CD interchanger which allows a whole library of favourite music at once. And if you ever need to change a CD you can load and unload without having to scrabble around in the boot or under the front passenger seat. The Mondeo’s incredible sound insulation also makes it possible for you to actually hear the radio even on a busy motorway. The sound quality is also extremely good, with speakers mounted in the rear passenger doors for a real surround sound feel. There is also a remote control toggle feature on the steering wheel allowing the driver to control the stereo whilst driving, although this feature was (I suspect) copied from another manufacturer and with rather less success as the toggle is located on the wrong side and has far less functionality than the Renault equivalent.
The Mondeo comes with air conditioning but no sunroof, although this is a fairly common either/or in many modern cars these days. But what you get is actually so much more than just air conditioning, it is a complete climate control system, you just set the temperature you want and leave the car to do the rest.In practical terms, the Mondeo has a far larger boot than the equivalent Laguna. The rear seats don’t fold up as neatly as on the Laguna but I can live with that. Neither is there a small elasticated box in the boot to store things such as de-icer, and plastic scrapers which are not in constant use all year round. However, I love the fact that the Mondeo, depite feeling extremely roomy inside, is actually slightly narrower than the Laguna, so reversing into our small driveway at home has become much easier.
Anyone who has rented American cars in the past will be pleased to see the provision of two cupholders for the front seat passengers, although strangely, the rear passengers have been ignored. Also our particular model, although an automatic, arrived without the customary foot rest, so there is nowhere to put your left foot whilst driving. The cigarette lighter is sensibly located in the centre column between the seats, so mobile phones can be placed inside the armrest whilst charging and the cables don’t get in the way of the gear stick. The same is true of sunglass holder, which is located at head level on the drivers side in many cars but is more sensibly located above the rear view mirror in the Mondeo, within easy reach of both driver and passenger. I especially like the lights located in the footwell which come on whenever the engine is switched off at night, giving an impression not unlike the theatre at the end of the evening’s performance.
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