Which Ford is better in a severe storm?

Which Ford is better in a severe storm?

Saturday and Sunday saw some pretty extreme weather. Horizontal rain, huge swells in the harbour, a boat washed up against the Harbour Bridge, trees down and power out. The Metservice warned people to only venture out if they really had to. Excellent, that means the roads will be nice and clear, then! So, I tried the two Fords we’ve got in the Car and SUV garage to see which one had the best extreme weather stability.

First up was the Mondeo XR5. It’s the top of the range as far as Mondeos go, and it has a turbo. The turbo doesn’t give it anywhere near enough power to be satisfying, but it’s definitely quicker than a standard Mondeo.

I took a drive to Silverdale and back with the rain coming sideways. The Mondeo was solid as a rock, hardly affected at all by the blustery and inclement meteorology. The stereo even had enough grunt to rise above the pummeling rain.

Next up was the 1.6-litre Focus station wagon. A taller car, with narrower tyres, this could prove to be a challenge in a side wind! Again, I used the same route. All wasn’t quite so composed in the Focus. Where the Mondeo tracked in a straight line, the Focus was blown frequently off course, requiring constant steering input.

You may think that this means that I didn’t like the Focus. On the contrary – I like having to ‘drive’ a car. My only criticism of the Focus is that it’s so slow.

But ultimately the Mondeo (which is significantly more expensive than the Focus) wins out as the car of the two to have in a storm. It has seat warmers with 5 settings, a great sound system and keyless start/stop.

There’s another storm forecast for tomorrow. The Focus went back today, so all we’ve got left is the Mondeo and the Fiat 500…and unfortunately I’ve got the Fiat 500…

Saturday and Sunday saw some pretty extreme weather. Horizontal rain, huge swells in the harbour, a boat washed up against the Harbour Bridge, trees down and power out. The Metservice warned people to only venture out if they really had to. Excellent, that means the roads will be nice and clear, then! So, I tried the two Fords we’ve got in the Car and SUV garage to see which one had the best extreme weather stability.

First up was the Mondeo XR5. It’s the top of the range as far as Mondeos go, and it has a turbo. The turbo doesn’t give it anywhere near enough power to be satisfying, but it’s definitely quicker than a standard Mondeo.

I took a drive to Silverdale and back with the rain coming sideways. The Mondeo was solid as a rock, hardly affected at all by the blustery and inclement meteorology. The stereo even had enough grunt to rise above the pummeling rain.

Next up was the 1.6-litre Focus station wagon. A taller car, with narrower tyres, this could prove to be a challenge in a side wind! Again, I used the same route. All wasn’t quite so composed in the Focus. Where the Mondeo tracked in a straight line, the Focus was blown frequently off course, requiring constant steering input.

You may think that this means that I didn’t like the Focus. On the contrary – I like having to ‘drive’ a car. My only criticism of the Focus is that it’s so slow.

But ultimately the Mondeo (which is significantly more expensive than the Focus) wins out as the car of the two to have in a storm. It has seat warmers with 5 settings, a great sound system and keyless start/stop.

There’s another storm forecast for tomorrow. The Focus went back today, so all we’ve got left is the Mondeo and the Fiat 500…and unfortunately I’ve got the Fiat 500…

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