Ford Mondeo 2-litre station wagon 2008 Review

Ford Mondeo 2-litre station wagon 2008 Review

Ford Mondeo station wagon 2008 fq

The Mondeo’s looks are a blend of Mazda6 meets Audi A4 meets Mitsubishi Lancer, a kind of Transformer robot in disguise that couldn’t quite decide which form to clone, so it did all three simultaneously. It does look sleek, from its fared front lights, along the forward-sloping shoulder line to the honeycomb rear lights.

In the UK, where I come from it’s considered a large car and often ends up having to earn its living, carrying that ball and chain of a moniker, the ‘rep-mobile’. Therefore the Mondeo is charged with a host of duties, responsibilities and some serious expectations not levelled at many other vehicles.

Being the backbone of many company fleets, it is pre-destined to receive a mountain of abuse. This can and often does include chemical spills, payload overload, the obligatory ‘damn good thrashing’, garden refuse disposal, as well as doubling as the mobile office/bedroom/kitchen/toilet (delete as applicable).

Donning my most heavily creased suit I prepare for the task ahead. Breath-freshener – check, cologne – check, pens in the shirt pocket — check, hands-free phone/fax/Blackberry — check, energy drink – check and finally, glovebox snacks — check.

Placing my jacket on coat hanger and stowing it on the passenger hook/handle, and tuning the radio into Classic Hits, I sit in the ‘big chair’ and immediately notice the slightly unconventional dash arrangement. For me at least, it only reinforces the ‘transformer’ theme as the area housing all the main controls smacks of robotic overtones, both in shape and finish (bright silver). Yes it’s very easy to use, but you’ve still got to look at it.

Trying to use the driver door mounted electric window controls may be an issue however, unless you are double jointed, as the handle partly obscures them. The steering wheel, also with shiny inserts, does feature SWATS (Steering Wheel Audio Toggle Switches) but it takes no less than six buttons to manage cruise control, while others manage with three.

Okay, so you may not be sold on the Mondeo so far, given my comments, but I haven’t yet made my final delivery, set to seal the deal. With its Duratec 2.0-litre 16v fuel injected engine, mustering just 107 kW @ 6000rpm and 185 Nm @ 4500rpm, you might think it a combination of underpowered yet thirsty, but no. Throughout its trials it dealt a truly remarkable 8.2 litres/100km (Ford quotes 7.9l/100km), causing me stop and check there wasn’t a diesel under the hood.

Around town and on the more challenging roads the chassis always delighted. Combined with excellent steering feel it truly tempted you to ‘play’ along and drive more. All the time, no matter what distances you put in, you never got out feeling like you needed to see a chiropractor. One thing to be aware of on our test car was how keen the brakes were to bite. To avoid your face becoming intimate with the steering wheel at velocity requires a more gentle braking action than many other cars.

I’ve made a big fuss about how the Mondeo would be a sensible decision for a sales rep’s car, and all these features actually make it a sensible decision for a family car. With a large boot and plenty of legroom in the rear, the spouse and brats can be transported in comfort and frugality, while being serenaded by the more-than-competent audio system.

So in summary, it’s a significant improvement over the popular previous model. It delivers a fun, comfortable, economical and safe drive, delivering you to your appointments easily, and at the same time carrying a substantial and easily accessible payload (494 or 1,685 litres, rear seats up/down respectively) ready for you to unleash on some poor suspecting customer.

P.S. Probably best not to trade acronyms with your colleagues in the company carpark though, as PATS = Passive Anti-Theft System can often be confused with PANTS = Passive ANti-Theft System).

Price: from $37,490

What we like:

  • Fuel economy
  • Driver engagement
  • Steering wheel height and reach adjustable
  • Load height and capacity
  • Stereo sound & i-pod/MP3 (in glove box) capability

What we don’t like:

  • Location of electric window controls behind door handle
  • Brakes a little sharp
  • Some cheap interior plastics

Words Phil Clark, photos Darren Cottingham

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION (WITH SPORTS PACK)

2.0L Duratec Petrol with 5 speed manual
4 cylinders in line
DOHC
16 valves
Alloy cylinder head and block
Electronic multipoint fuel injection
Dual-mass flywheel
1999 cc
107 kW @ 6000rpm
185 Nm @ 4500rpm
Combined Fuel Economy: 7.9 L/100km
Combined CO2 Emissions: 189 g/km
Euro IV emissions level

SAFETY AND SECURITY

5-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating
Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Dynamic Stability Control (including Traction Assist and Emergency Brake Assist)
Front airbags (x2)
Front row side airbags (x2)
Driver’s knee airbag
1st and 2nd row side curtain airbags
Side impact door beams (front and rear)
4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)
Remote power central / double locking
Locks — Anti-burst, high-security, shielded with child-locks on rear doors
Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)
Follow-me-home lighting
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
Seatbelt reminder system – driver’s and front passenger’s seat
Height adjustable mounts on front seatbelts
Decoupling safety pedals
Advanced collapsible steering column
Immobiliser – Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS)
Perimeter Alarm
‘ISOFIX’ child seat attachments (rear outboard seats only)

INTERIOR

Power front & rear windows
Leather steering wheel with cruise control
Manual air-conditioning with pollen filter
Single CD player
MP3 / ipodĀ® AUX input in glove box
Steering wheel audio toggle switches
Instruments — Speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, tachometer, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge
Trip computer including average fuel consumption, average speed,
outside air temperature, trip reset, distance to empty (fuel)
Warning indicators for low fuel, oil pressure, direction indicators,
driver’s and front passenger’s seat belts, main beam, foglamps, ignition/alternator,
brake system/handbrake on, airbags, 0 degrees and 4 degrees Celcius frost warning,
maximum engine speed, message indicator, audible warning for ‘lights on’, key in ignition, door ajar.
Illuminated heater controls — 4-speed fan, temperature and direction control,
two dedicated side window demists and rear compartment floor ducts
Control stalks — Column-mounted for indicators, main beam, dip and flash, wash/wipe functions
Silver metallic-finish instrument cluster rings
Steering column — Reach and rake adjustable
Illuminated glove box
Centre console with hinged armrest
2 moulded cup holders in centre console
Centre armrest in rear
Driver’s footrest
Clock — Digital in instrument cluster and audio display
Mirror — Dipping rear-view, manual
Driver & passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Driver manual lumbar adjust
Manual 2-way driver height adjust
Height adjustable front head restraints
Height adjustible rear head restraints (3)
60/40 split rear seats
Illuminated entry & theatre dimming
Infinity cloth trim
Courtesy lights — Front light (header mounted) & rear light
Luggage compartment light (Sedan and Hatch only)
Front & rear ashtrays
Front and rear doors — Release levers in satin chrome,
door pulls with satin chrome inserts, door stowage bins
Front & 2nd row 12V power socket
12V power socket in rear

EXTERIOR (WITH SPORTS PACK)

Capless refueling
16″ Steel wheels
Full size spare wheel
Halogen, polycarbonate stone impact resistant headlights, side lights,
rear fog lights, reversing lights, high-mounted rear brake light
Headlight levelling — Manual
Orange fender side indicators
Body colour, power and heated mirrors
Heated rear window
Tinted Glass
Wipers — Front, 2-speed with variable interval intermittent wipe with drip wipe
Rear wiper

DIMENSIONS (MM) EXTERIOR

Overall length 4830
Overall height 1548
Overall width (without mirrors) 1886
Overall width (with mirrors) 2078
Wheelbase 2850
Front track 1589
Rear track 1605
Ground clearance (minimum) 102

DIMENSIONS (MM) INTERIOR

Front headroom 996
Front legroom (maximum) 1126
Front shoulder room 1448
Rear headroom 1004
Rear legroom (nominal 95% driver position) 950
Rear shoulder room 1433

WEIGHTS AND MEASUREMENTS

Kerb weight (kg) 1496
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 70
Luggage capacity (litres)
Rear seat upright 494
Rear seat folded 1685
Tow ratings
Braked 1500
Unbraked 700

TRANSMISSION & RATIOS

1st gear ratio 3.667
2nd gear ratio 2.136
3rd gear ratio 1.483
4th gear ratio 1.114
5th gear ratio 0.854
Reverse ratio 3.700
Final drive ratio 4.067

FUEL CONSUMPTION DATA (WITH SPORTS PACK)

Combined fuel economy (L/100km) 7.9
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 189
Euro IV emissions level

BRAKES

Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Dynamic Stability Control (including Traction Assist & Emergency Brake Assist)
4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)
Front (mm) ventilated 300 x 28
Rear (mm) solid 302 x 11
Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)

STEERING

Hydraulic power-assisted steering
Minimum turning circle (m) (kerb to kerb) 11.45

SUSPENSION

Front — Independent with MacPherson struts, lower control arms
with hydro-bushing, isolated subframe, anti-roll bar
Rear — Independent Control Blade multi-link system, isolated subframe, anti-roll bar

WHEELS & TYRES

6.5 x 16″ steel with 7-spoke wheelcovers and 215/55 R 16 tyres
Full size spare wheel

ACCESSORIES

20″ Alloy Wheels
18″ Alloy Wheels
Carpet mats
Carry Bars
Towbar
Body kit
Weathershields
Scuff Plates
Cargo Nets

Ford Mondeo station wagon 2008 fq

The Mondeo’s looks are a blend of Mazda6 meets Audi A4 meets Mitsubishi Lancer, a kind of Transformer robot in disguise that couldn’t quite decide which form to clone, so it did all three simultaneously. It does look sleek, from its fared front lights, along the forward-sloping shoulder line to the honeycomb rear lights.

In the UK, where I come from it’s considered a large car and often ends up having to earn its living, carrying that ball and chain of a moniker, the ‘rep-mobile’. Therefore the Mondeo is charged with a host of duties, responsibilities and some serious expectations not levelled at many other vehicles.

Being the backbone of many company fleets, it is pre-destined to receive a mountain of abuse. This can and often does include chemical spills, payload overload, the obligatory ‘damn good thrashing’, garden refuse disposal, as well as doubling as the mobile office/bedroom/kitchen/toilet (delete as applicable).

Donning my most heavily creased suit I prepare for the task ahead. Breath-freshener – check, cologne – check, pens in the shirt pocket — check, hands-free phone/fax/Blackberry — check, energy drink – check and finally, glovebox snacks — check.

Placing my jacket on coat hanger and stowing it on the passenger hook/handle, and tuning the radio into Classic Hits, I sit in the ‘big chair’ and immediately notice the slightly unconventional dash arrangement. For me at least, it only reinforces the ‘transformer’ theme as the area housing all the main controls smacks of robotic overtones, both in shape and finish (bright silver). Yes it’s very easy to use, but you’ve still got to look at it.

Trying to use the driver door mounted electric window controls may be an issue however, unless you are double jointed, as the handle partly obscures them. The steering wheel, also with shiny inserts, does feature SWATS (Steering Wheel Audio Toggle Switches) but it takes no less than six buttons to manage cruise control, while others manage with three.

Okay, so you may not be sold on the Mondeo so far, given my comments, but I haven’t yet made my final delivery, set to seal the deal. With its Duratec 2.0-litre 16v fuel injected engine, mustering just 107 kW @ 6000rpm and 185 Nm @ 4500rpm, you might think it a combination of underpowered yet thirsty, but no. Throughout its trials it dealt a truly remarkable 8.2 litres/100km (Ford quotes 7.9l/100km), causing me stop and check there wasn’t a diesel under the hood.

Around town and on the more challenging roads the chassis always delighted. Combined with excellent steering feel it truly tempted you to ‘play’ along and drive more. All the time, no matter what distances you put in, you never got out feeling like you needed to see a chiropractor. One thing to be aware of on our test car was how keen the brakes were to bite. To avoid your face becoming intimate with the steering wheel at velocity requires a more gentle braking action than many other cars.

I’ve made a big fuss about how the Mondeo would be a sensible decision for a sales rep’s car, and all these features actually make it a sensible decision for a family car. With a large boot and plenty of legroom in the rear, the spouse and brats can be transported in comfort and frugality, while being serenaded by the more-than-competent audio system.

So in summary, it’s a significant improvement over the popular previous model. It delivers a fun, comfortable, economical and safe drive, delivering you to your appointments easily, and at the same time carrying a substantial and easily accessible payload (494 or 1,685 litres, rear seats up/down respectively) ready for you to unleash on some poor suspecting customer.

P.S. Probably best not to trade acronyms with your colleagues in the company carpark though, as PATS = Passive Anti-Theft System can often be confused with PANTS = Passive ANti-Theft System).

Price: from $37,490

What we like:

  • Fuel economy
  • Driver engagement
  • Steering wheel height and reach adjustable
  • Load height and capacity
  • Stereo sound & i-pod/MP3 (in glove box) capability

What we don’t like:

  • Location of electric window controls behind door handle
  • Brakes a little sharp
  • Some cheap interior plastics

Words Phil Clark, photos Darren Cottingham

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION (WITH SPORTS PACK)

2.0L Duratec Petrol with 5 speed manual
4 cylinders in line
DOHC
16 valves
Alloy cylinder head and block
Electronic multipoint fuel injection
Dual-mass flywheel
1999 cc
107 kW @ 6000rpm
185 Nm @ 4500rpm
Combined Fuel Economy: 7.9 L/100km
Combined CO2 Emissions: 189 g/km
Euro IV emissions level

SAFETY AND SECURITY

5-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating
Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Dynamic Stability Control (including Traction Assist and Emergency Brake Assist)
Front airbags (x2)
Front row side airbags (x2)
Driver’s knee airbag
1st and 2nd row side curtain airbags
Side impact door beams (front and rear)
4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)
Remote power central / double locking
Locks — Anti-burst, high-security, shielded with child-locks on rear doors
Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)
Follow-me-home lighting
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
Seatbelt reminder system – driver’s and front passenger’s seat
Height adjustable mounts on front seatbelts
Decoupling safety pedals
Advanced collapsible steering column
Immobiliser – Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS)
Perimeter Alarm
‘ISOFIX’ child seat attachments (rear outboard seats only)

INTERIOR

Power front & rear windows
Leather steering wheel with cruise control
Manual air-conditioning with pollen filter
Single CD player
MP3 / ipodĀ® AUX input in glove box
Steering wheel audio toggle switches
Instruments — Speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, tachometer, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge
Trip computer including average fuel consumption, average speed,
outside air temperature, trip reset, distance to empty (fuel)
Warning indicators for low fuel, oil pressure, direction indicators,
driver’s and front passenger’s seat belts, main beam, foglamps, ignition/alternator,
brake system/handbrake on, airbags, 0 degrees and 4 degrees Celcius frost warning,
maximum engine speed, message indicator, audible warning for ‘lights on’, key in ignition, door ajar.
Illuminated heater controls — 4-speed fan, temperature and direction control,
two dedicated side window demists and rear compartment floor ducts
Control stalks — Column-mounted for indicators, main beam, dip and flash, wash/wipe functions
Silver metallic-finish instrument cluster rings
Steering column — Reach and rake adjustable
Illuminated glove box
Centre console with hinged armrest
2 moulded cup holders in centre console
Centre armrest in rear
Driver’s footrest
Clock — Digital in instrument cluster and audio display
Mirror — Dipping rear-view, manual
Driver & passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Driver manual lumbar adjust
Manual 2-way driver height adjust
Height adjustable front head restraints
Height adjustible rear head restraints (3)
60/40 split rear seats
Illuminated entry & theatre dimming
Infinity cloth trim
Courtesy lights — Front light (header mounted) & rear light
Luggage compartment light (Sedan and Hatch only)
Front & rear ashtrays
Front and rear doors — Release levers in satin chrome,
door pulls with satin chrome inserts, door stowage bins
Front & 2nd row 12V power socket
12V power socket in rear

EXTERIOR (WITH SPORTS PACK)

Capless refueling
16″ Steel wheels
Full size spare wheel
Halogen, polycarbonate stone impact resistant headlights, side lights,
rear fog lights, reversing lights, high-mounted rear brake light
Headlight levelling — Manual
Orange fender side indicators
Body colour, power and heated mirrors
Heated rear window
Tinted Glass
Wipers — Front, 2-speed with variable interval intermittent wipe with drip wipe
Rear wiper

DIMENSIONS (MM) EXTERIOR

Overall length 4830
Overall height 1548
Overall width (without mirrors) 1886
Overall width (with mirrors) 2078
Wheelbase 2850
Front track 1589
Rear track 1605
Ground clearance (minimum) 102

DIMENSIONS (MM) INTERIOR

Front headroom 996
Front legroom (maximum) 1126
Front shoulder room 1448
Rear headroom 1004
Rear legroom (nominal 95% driver position) 950
Rear shoulder room 1433

WEIGHTS AND MEASUREMENTS

Kerb weight (kg) 1496
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 70
Luggage capacity (litres)
Rear seat upright 494
Rear seat folded 1685
Tow ratings
Braked 1500
Unbraked 700

TRANSMISSION & RATIOS

1st gear ratio 3.667
2nd gear ratio 2.136
3rd gear ratio 1.483
4th gear ratio 1.114
5th gear ratio 0.854
Reverse ratio 3.700
Final drive ratio 4.067

FUEL CONSUMPTION DATA (WITH SPORTS PACK)

Combined fuel economy (L/100km) 7.9
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 189
Euro IV emissions level

BRAKES

Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Dynamic Stability Control (including Traction Assist & Emergency Brake Assist)
4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)
Front (mm) ventilated 300 x 28
Rear (mm) solid 302 x 11
Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)

STEERING

Hydraulic power-assisted steering
Minimum turning circle (m) (kerb to kerb) 11.45

SUSPENSION

Front — Independent with MacPherson struts, lower control arms
with hydro-bushing, isolated subframe, anti-roll bar
Rear — Independent Control Blade multi-link system, isolated subframe, anti-roll bar

WHEELS & TYRES

6.5 x 16″ steel with 7-spoke wheelcovers and 215/55 R 16 tyres
Full size spare wheel

ACCESSORIES

20″ Alloy Wheels
18″ Alloy Wheels
Carpet mats
Carry Bars
Towbar
Body kit
Weathershields
Scuff Plates
Cargo Nets

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