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Rep Cars – New Ford Mondeo

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Historically, the Ford Mondeo was one of the choices for the sales rep market. Big on space and comfort, it always sold well in this segment. However, lengthy delays on the launch of the new Mondeo into Ireland has meant that the fleet market has moved towards other brands to fulfil their requirements.

 

Despite appearing at motor shows in the US way back in 2012, a decision by Ford to relocate production from Belgium to Spain delayed the new Mondeo’s arrival here by almost three years. In that time rivals have made ground on the old Mondeo in terms of interior quality, technology and engine efficiency. So, is the new Mondeo good enough – not only to fend off niche models and rivals – but also to make up for lost time?

 

On the outside the Mondeo is a sleeker looking car than the previous version and sports the new Aston Martin lookalike front grille. Inside it is stylish, but the quality throughout could be a little better.

 

Space is good for the driver and front passenger and in the rear, where there is more than enough room for three adults. At 550 litres the boot is huge and particularly useful, as it is well shaped for easy loading of those awkward items.

 

The Mondeo has always been the car of choice for the keener driver and the new model won’t disappoint. On the road it is fun, sporty and the steering is very nicely weighted.

 

The new suspension design has reduced road noise along with increased sound proofing to block out tyre and wind noise, so it is a lot more refined than before.

 

Available in two trims initially, Zetec and Titanium, prices start from €28,995 for the Zetec and from €31,495 for the Titanium. Our test car is the 115bhp 1.6-litre TDCI engine and while this is the most road-tax-friendly of the models, emitting just 109 g/km of CO2 while managing 3.6 litres per 100km or 78mpg, it does feel underpowered.

 

As a result this economy rating may not be replicated in real-life commutes, so the two-litre diesel might be the better option.

 

If you don’t fancy a diesel there is also a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol option to consider, the most powerful engine available in the current line up.

 

The Mondeo is a really good blend of comfort and performance and once again is unrivalled when it comes to handling and driving – nothing in this class approaches the Mondeo’s ability to tackle a bend.

 

There are cars in this market that are more economical and those with classier interiors but while you can’t please all of the people all of the time, Ford has come pretty close with the new Mondeo.

 

To find out more about the new Ford Mondeo and other vehicles in this segment, please call us on 01 419 8373 or click here

 

Source: Sunday Independent

 

 

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