Ford Mondeo XR5 2008 Review

Ford Mondeo XR5 2008 Review

ford-mondeo-xr5-fq

If the automotive world went ‘Euro’ it wouldn’t necessarily be all that bad.

Looking at it only from an engineering and style perspective there would be no downside at all (except for the occasional weird big-bum Renault).

Given the current price of oil, companies investing heavily in future technologies and general financial stress internationally, rationalisation is now something that car makers will look at even more seriously.

Ford has announced that it will rationalise its global platforms to cut costs, and for those of you like myself who enjoy cars like the Falcon XR6 Turbo that could be bad news.

This also means that the Mondeo XR5 could be the future of sporting Ford saloons world-wide.

The new Mondeo XR5 is not a bad looking car despite the small wheel arches making it look like a shopping trolley which is strange given that the alloys are a decent (18-inch) size. The strongly sculpted front is the feature point of the XR5 and spreads its message all the way around the front fenders and along the side. It is a good-looking front end which won¹t be mistaken of the road.

The waistline is high and it has a small glass area which imbues a sense of security but also a slight sense of claustrophobia.

Inside it is very nice (Ford has really pulled ahead in this area) with a strong feeling of solidity and quality to the interior architecture. The instrument binnacle in particular deserves a mention for the way the screen between the tacho and speedo presents all information in one easy to see place.

It is quite a big car too, feeling not that much smaller than Falcons of two or three generations ago. The Mondeo has European ideas about size. It is a large car in the UK the way a Falcon is a large car here. It won’t be as accommodating as a Falcon but it is big enough for an average family.

I thought that the XR5 would go like a scorched possum given that it shares its turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with both the Focus XR5 and Volvo C30.

The engine produces a decent amount of torque low down but becomes extremely asthmatic above 4500rpm, making it a real chore to stretch it out to the redline. With little enjoyment to be had from using the full rev-range you start to drive the XR5 like a diesel, using the torque and short-shifting your way along every road. This is a disappointment as the Mondeo XR5 is supposed to be a sporting saloon. In the UK the Mondeo is seen as a driver’s car and is known for great handling. While this is true as the XR5 does handle quite well for a biggish front-wheel-drive car, the engine lets the rest of the package down as does the gear shift with throws between gears being long and ponderous.

The lack of performance in the engine department is a real let down as I was expecting a great handling large car that could fill the performance gap between the Focus XR5 and Falcon XR6 Turbo.

The performance isn’t stupendous and it doesn’t really surprise you when going round corners but the Mondeo XR5 really scares me. My fear doesn’t stem from anything that the XR5 does, but more what it represents. In this part of the world the fastest Fords have always been rear wheel-drive, but with the company struggling financially, big cars – like the Falcon – could soon be history.

What this means is that there is the possibility, however slim, that the next Falcon could be front wheel-drive like the Mondeo and that is not good news for enthusiasts.

It does, however, add some much-needed grunt to the Mondeo range ­ not enough compared to the benchmark set by the Focus XR5, though – and is a practical choice for those with a small family.

Click through to the next page to read the full specifications of the Ford Mondeo XR5

Price: from $48,990

What we like

  • Punchy low-end acceleration
  • Interior quality and ergonomics
  • Sporty ride

What we don’t like

  • Future Ford possibilities
  • Asthmatic top-end delivery
  • Vague gearshift

Engine & Transmission

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

2.5L Duratec Turbo Petrol with 6 Speed Manual

S

Engine

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Engine Type (Automatic)

2.5L Duratec I5 Turbo Petrol

Engine size (cc) (Automatic)

2521

Max. Power (DIN)

162kW @ 5000rpm

Max. Torque (DIN)

320Nm @ 1500-4800rpm

No. of valves

20

Exterior Features

Dimensions (mm) Exterior

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Overall length

4778

Overall height

1500

Overall width (without mirrors)

1886

Overall width (with mirrors)

2078

Wheelbase

2850

Front track

1589

Rear track

1605

Ground clearance (minimum)

103

Dimensions (mm) Interior

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Front headroom

996

Front legroom (maximum)

1126

Front shoulder room

1448

Rear headroom

965

Rear legroom (nominal 95% driver position)

950

Rear shoulder room

1433

Weights and Measurements

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Kerb weight (kg) (Automatic)

1581

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

70

Rear seat upright

486

Rear seat folded

1390

Braked (Automatic)

1800

Unbraked

700

Transmissions and Ratios

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

1st gear ratio (Automatic)

3.390

2nd gear ratio (Automatic)

1.910

3rd gear ratio (Automatic)

1.270

4th gear ratio (Automatic)

0.950

5th gear ratio (Automatic)

0.780

6th gear ratio (Automatic)

0.650

Reverse ratio (Automatic)

3.230

Final drive ratio (Automatic) 4.000

Fuel Consumption Data

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Combined fuel economy (l/100km) (Automatic)*

9.315

Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) (Automatic)

22222

Euro IV compliance

S

Fuel

91-98 RON (E10 Compatible)

Brakes

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

S

Dynamic Stability Control (including Traction Assist & Emergency Brake Assist)23

S

4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)

S

Front (mm) ventilated

300 x 28

Rear (mm) solid

302 x 11

Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)

S

Steering

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Minimum turning circle (m) (kerb to kerb)

11.45

Hydraulic power-assisted steering

S

Suspension

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Front – Independent MacPherson struts with offset coil spring over gas filled damper units and lower L-arms with optimised front rubber bushings and rear hydro-bush mounted on separate reinforced cross-member sub-frame, anti roll bar

S

Rear – Independent Control Blade multi-link system, isolated subframe, anti-roll bar

S

Wheels & Tyres

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

18″ x 8″ Y-spoke alloy with R235/40 R18 tyres

S

Full size spare wheel

S

Safety & Security

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

5-star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

S

Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

S

Dynamic Stability Control (including Emergency Brake Assist)

S

Traction Assist

S

Driver and front passenger airbags

S

Front row side airbags (x2)

S

Driver’s knee airbag

S

Front & rear side curtain airbags

S

Side impact door beams (front and rear)

S

4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)

S

Remote power central/double locking

S

Locks – Anti-burst, high-security, shielded with child-locks on rear doors

S

Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)

S

Follow-me-home lighting

S

Front seatbelt pre-tensioners

S

Seatbelt reminder system – driver and front passenger seats

S

Height adjustable mounts on front seatbelts

S

Decoupling safety pedals

S

Advanced collapsible steering column

S

Immobiliser – Passive Anti-Theft Syatem (PATS)

S

Perimeter Alarm

S

ISOFIX child seat attachments (rear outboard seats only)

S

Words Ben Dillon, photos Darren Cottingham

ford-mondeo-xr5-fq

If the automotive world went ‘Euro’ it wouldn’t necessarily be all that bad.

Looking at it only from an engineering and style perspective there would be no downside at all (except for the occasional weird big-bum Renault).

Given the current price of oil, companies investing heavily in future technologies and general financial stress internationally, rationalisation is now something that car makers will look at even more seriously.

Ford has announced that it will rationalise its global platforms to cut costs, and for those of you like myself who enjoy cars like the Falcon XR6 Turbo that could be bad news.

This also means that the Mondeo XR5 could be the future of sporting Ford saloons world-wide.

The new Mondeo XR5 is not a bad looking car despite the small wheel arches making it look like a shopping trolley which is strange given that the alloys are a decent (18-inch) size. The strongly sculpted front is the feature point of the XR5 and spreads its message all the way around the front fenders and along the side. It is a good-looking front end which won¹t be mistaken of the road.

The waistline is high and it has a small glass area which imbues a sense of security but also a slight sense of claustrophobia.

Inside it is very nice (Ford has really pulled ahead in this area) with a strong feeling of solidity and quality to the interior architecture. The instrument binnacle in particular deserves a mention for the way the screen between the tacho and speedo presents all information in one easy to see place.

It is quite a big car too, feeling not that much smaller than Falcons of two or three generations ago. The Mondeo has European ideas about size. It is a large car in the UK the way a Falcon is a large car here. It won’t be as accommodating as a Falcon but it is big enough for an average family.

I thought that the XR5 would go like a scorched possum given that it shares its turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with both the Focus XR5 and Volvo C30.

The engine produces a decent amount of torque low down but becomes extremely asthmatic above 4500rpm, making it a real chore to stretch it out to the redline. With little enjoyment to be had from using the full rev-range you start to drive the XR5 like a diesel, using the torque and short-shifting your way along every road. This is a disappointment as the Mondeo XR5 is supposed to be a sporting saloon. In the UK the Mondeo is seen as a driver’s car and is known for great handling. While this is true as the XR5 does handle quite well for a biggish front-wheel-drive car, the engine lets the rest of the package down as does the gear shift with throws between gears being long and ponderous.

The lack of performance in the engine department is a real let down as I was expecting a great handling large car that could fill the performance gap between the Focus XR5 and Falcon XR6 Turbo.

The performance isn’t stupendous and it doesn’t really surprise you when going round corners but the Mondeo XR5 really scares me. My fear doesn’t stem from anything that the XR5 does, but more what it represents. In this part of the world the fastest Fords have always been rear wheel-drive, but with the company struggling financially, big cars – like the Falcon – could soon be history.

What this means is that there is the possibility, however slim, that the next Falcon could be front wheel-drive like the Mondeo and that is not good news for enthusiasts.

It does, however, add some much-needed grunt to the Mondeo range ­ not enough compared to the benchmark set by the Focus XR5, though – and is a practical choice for those with a small family.

Click through to the next page to read the full specifications of the Ford Mondeo XR5

Price: from $48,990

What we like

  • Punchy low-end acceleration
  • Interior quality and ergonomics
  • Sporty ride

What we don’t like

  • Future Ford possibilities
  • Asthmatic top-end delivery
  • Vague gearshift

Engine & Transmission

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

2.5L Duratec Turbo Petrol with 6 Speed Manual

S

Engine

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Engine Type (Automatic)

2.5L Duratec I5 Turbo Petrol

Engine size (cc) (Automatic)

2521

Max. Power (DIN)

162kW @ 5000rpm

Max. Torque (DIN)

320Nm @ 1500-4800rpm

No. of valves

20

Exterior Features

Dimensions (mm) Exterior

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Overall length

4778

Overall height

1500

Overall width (without mirrors)

1886

Overall width (with mirrors)

2078

Wheelbase

2850

Front track

1589

Rear track

1605

Ground clearance (minimum)

103

Dimensions (mm) Interior

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Front headroom

996

Front legroom (maximum)

1126

Front shoulder room

1448

Rear headroom

965

Rear legroom (nominal 95% driver position)

950

Rear shoulder room

1433

Weights and Measurements

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Kerb weight (kg) (Automatic)

1581

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

70

Rear seat upright

486

Rear seat folded

1390

Braked (Automatic)

1800

Unbraked

700

Transmissions and Ratios

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

1st gear ratio (Automatic)

3.390

2nd gear ratio (Automatic)

1.910

3rd gear ratio (Automatic)

1.270

4th gear ratio (Automatic)

0.950

5th gear ratio (Automatic)

0.780

6th gear ratio (Automatic)

0.650

Reverse ratio (Automatic)

3.230

Final drive ratio (Automatic) 4.000

Fuel Consumption Data

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Combined fuel economy (l/100km) (Automatic)*

9.315

Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) (Automatic)

22222

Euro IV compliance

S

Fuel

91-98 RON (E10 Compatible)

Brakes

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

S

Dynamic Stability Control (including Traction Assist & Emergency Brake Assist)23

S

4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)

S

Front (mm) ventilated

300 x 28

Rear (mm) solid

302 x 11

Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)

S

Steering

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Minimum turning circle (m) (kerb to kerb)

11.45

Hydraulic power-assisted steering

S

Suspension

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

Front – Independent MacPherson struts with offset coil spring over gas filled damper units and lower L-arms with optimised front rubber bushings and rear hydro-bush mounted on separate reinforced cross-member sub-frame, anti roll bar

S

Rear – Independent Control Blade multi-link system, isolated subframe, anti-roll bar

S

Wheels & Tyres

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

18″ x 8″ Y-spoke alloy with R235/40 R18 tyres

S

Full size spare wheel

S

Safety & Security

Feature

Mondeo XR5 Turbo

5-star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

S

Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

S

Dynamic Stability Control (including Emergency Brake Assist)

S

Traction Assist

S

Driver and front passenger airbags

S

Front row side airbags (x2)

S

Driver’s knee airbag

S

Front & rear side curtain airbags

S

Side impact door beams (front and rear)

S

4 wheel disc brakes (ventilated front / solid rear)

S

Remote power central/double locking

S

Locks – Anti-burst, high-security, shielded with child-locks on rear doors

S

Emergency brake light (Hazard warning light)

S

Follow-me-home lighting

S

Front seatbelt pre-tensioners

S

Seatbelt reminder system – driver and front passenger seats

S

Height adjustable mounts on front seatbelts

S

Decoupling safety pedals

S

Advanced collapsible steering column

S

Immobiliser – Passive Anti-Theft Syatem (PATS)

S

Perimeter Alarm

S

ISOFIX child seat attachments (rear outboard seats only)

S

Words Ben Dillon, photos Darren Cottingham

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