Car reviews - Ford - Mondeo - hatch/wagon range
Ford takes aim at user-choosers with Mondeo’s broader, tailored range
14 Aug 2009
NOBODY will deny that the current-generation Ford Mondeo is anything less than a first-class family-car effort, but it seems that insufficient buyers are aware of this fact. So Ford Australia is trying again, with a revised Mondeo featuring a stylish and practical wagon, as well as a wider and better-equipped choice of hatchback models. Sadly, the underrated sedan is now dead, and diesel fans will have to wait until the end of the year for the highly anticipated TDCi wagon to lob. But as it stands, the new MB Mondeo continues to lead a competitive segment on competence and value for money. All Ford needs now is for more private and fleet buyers to take notice.
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Ford MA MondeoReleased: October 2007
Ended: July 2009
Family Tree: Mondeo
FORD released a modern classic in the shape of the MA Mondeo four-door sedan and five-door hatch in the dying months of 2007. Built off an extended version of the highly regarded second-generation Focus small car, the third-generation mid-sized Ford to wear the Mondeo name since 1993 reintroduced the nameplate to Australians after the HE Mondeo was discontinued in late 2000. Two four-cylinder engines were offered: a Mazda6-sourced 118kW/208Nm 2.3-litre petrol and a 96kW/320Nm 2.0-litre TDCi turbo-diesel, while the sporty XR5 Turbo range-topper boasted a 166kW/320Nm 2.5-litre in-line five-cylinder powerplant courtesy of Volvo. The latter’s six-speed manual was the only gearbox alternative to the others’ standard six-speed automatic. Handling, ride and steering characteristics were first class for the medium class, helping the MA Mondeo to achieve a modest level of success. All cars were built in Belgium.
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