Ford has given its Mondeo family-sized hatchback and estate car a mid-life makeover. The current version has been on sale for three years now. In that time only Vauxhall of Ford’s close rivals has introduced a new car, the Insignia.

The Mondeo’s grille and bonnet see changes, while LED running lights are new. Higher trim levels get a new chrome window surround and all receive larger, LED tail lamps. The cabin is treated to more thorough-going changes intended to boost its quality look and feel. The centre console is re-designed while the doors get new door releases and other changes. There’s a new overhead console, while trim materials and colour schemes get an upgrade.

The Mondeo will also offer the option of a new 237bhp variant of Ford’s EcoBoost engine. This joins the 201bhp version of this engine, already available in the Mondeo, Galaxy and S-Max. Both versions push out 179g/km of CO2, while Ford claims that each uses a fifth less fuel than comparable rival power plants. There will also be a re-engineered version of the 2.2 TDCi, which ups its power by 12% to 198bhp, making it Ford’s most powerful diesel yet.

The car also gets high-tech driver assistance aids including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam, each working from a new high-sensitivity camera unit, sited at the top of the windscreen, where the rear view mirror is placed.

The new cars reach UK dealers during next month and October. Prices will be unchanged except for Titanium models, which will have extra equipment and see increases of £200. The range will be priced from £17,295.

Stephen Jury


August 26, 2010

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