Caravan Cruise magazine and sister publication Fleet Car welcome the new Ford Mondeo Titanium to the family.
ON TOUR IN COUNTY WICKLOW – AUGUST 2012
To date 9000kms have been driven with great comfort on our Long Term Test Car
Test Drive Report: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Titanium
The Ford Mondeo could be described as a family relative that is always there in the background and always willing to help whenever and wherever. Unassuming and above all someone that you can trust and rely on. Since this generation of Mondeo came upon us (and sadly due to be replaced in 2013), it has won many new friends. Not only for its shape and size but also for the spaciousness inside. Many have compared its rear seat/ legroom to that of a large executive car. For both the driver and passenger comfort levels are high and in this instance the 5 door hatch’s boot has masses of volume.
Which all lends itself well for carrying loads of holiday luggage and with our Bailey Orion 440-4 on tow, there is no stopping us! Our inaugural trip together didn’t take us too far – just 50 kilometres to Westport House for their Music Festival Weekend. With 1.3 tonnes to pull the 140 bhp from the 2.0 litre TDCi diesel, it was well capable of the task. Found that the 6th gear was more like an overdrive as the 2 adults and 2 children and all the gear added to the overall weight of the combination.
Cars towing caravans need extensions to their mirrors for better rear vision, in the case of the Mondeo, it is a wide car and we managed without them, but plan to fit same ‘to be sure to be sure’. Hooking and unhooking is no bother and the tow bar fitted (& 13 pin plug) can be detached (or folded away) when not in use.
Priced at €32,995 (+ towbar €637.50), this well specified Titanium version has everything a family car or fleet car driver wants. Too many the Ford Premium Sound System is a joy, featuring a 265 watt amplifier, with USB, MP3 player and iPod connectivity, no journey will ever be boring. On the Titanium this state-of-the-art audio system is standard. Drivers will not only appreciate the Mondeo’s superb handling but also the other items that enhances the experience from an operational and safety point of view. Talking about adjustable speed limiter, Lane Departive Warning and Driver Alert that accesses the driver’s behaviour and will post a ‘take a break’ message on the dash when driver’s attention falls below a certain level.
Due to its 129g/km CO2 emission rating, it comes in under Band B (annual tax €225). Currently the Mondeo price range starts at €26, 295 (ex works) and until the end of September 2012, its 4.9% low finance often from Ford Credit makes it an attractive buy. Consider that and the fact that an outgoing model is often the best to purchase as the spec will be higher for the price and any little glitches that emerged over its life will be truly ironed out by now.
As for an all-round family vehicle, the Ford Mondeo is up there with the best. And with a caravan on tow, makes it even better. But go for the 2.0 litre version though.
*To date, the 2.0 litre TDCi 140bhp Mondeo is returning 6.1 L/100kms (average 38.5mpg) over mixed driving. On longer journeys it should do over the 40 mpg.
That statement rang true after a recent 450 km round trip to Dublin where 5.8 L/100kms was recorded, which is equal to 41mpg.
Spec: 2.0TDCi 140PS 6 Speed manual, 5 Door, Band B, Blazer Blue
The optional extra on this model is the detachable tow bar which is €637.50
Price for above spec from €32,995 (with optional extra is €33,632.50)
Entry model for Ford Mondeo from €26,295
(Prices excludes delivery and related charges)
FORD ANNOUNCES RANGE OF SPRINGTIME OFFERS TO ENTICE CUSTOMERS
Ford has just announced a package of special offers that look set to keep Ford showrooms busy over the coming months. The package* comprises a special 4.9 percent low finance offer for models across the range; fuel vouchers of up to €1,300 on Mondeo; and a ‘no worries’ for three years package: extended warranty, roadside assistance and free servicing for three years on selected models including Ireland’s top selling car: the Ford Focus.
“This package is designed to show customers that there is still some very good value in the market”, said Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland. “With fuel prices becoming an even more weighty burden for motorists, our offer of a voucher for 400km worth of fuel for anyone who test drives a Mondeo is sure to strike a chord”.
“Equally, we have been hearing back from customers that access to good value finance is an ongoing problem and to rectify this, we have worked with our finance house, Ford Credit, to provide an attractive 4.9 percent low APR loan rate available for deals on all of our passenger models”.
The 4.9 percent low APR offer is available to customers on all completed purchases between now and the end of June.
The test drive incentive on Mondeo which will run from April 14 to May 16, means that anyone who takes a model for test drive will qualify for a Topaz fuel voucher that will provide 400km of free motoring (to the value of €28). And if a customer then goes on to purchase a Mondeo before the end of June, they can take the option of a Topaz fuel voucher to the value €1,300 – based on the Mondeo’s best in class fuel economy that should be enough fuel for 19,000 km of motoring (based on the 1.6 TDCi 115PS ECO model).
“Part of our motivation in organising the Mondeo test drive promotion is to highlight the best in class fuel performance of the car to a wider audience and we hope a high number of drivers will take up the offer”, concluded Murphy
The 3/3/3 Offer which also runs until the end of June, will provide three years of care free driving to anyone who buys a Fiesta, Focus, C-MAX / Grand C-MAX or Kuga. The 3/3/3 offer provides extended three year warranty, roadside assistance and free servicing for three years.