Sam Philip17 June 2009

Mondeo goes Eco

Ford announces 54mpg diesel Mondeo. Top Gear explodes with excitement

Ford Mondeo Econetic

OK, it's not quite as exciting as the Citroen GT tackling the Goodwood hillclimb, but it's worthy news nonetheless: Ford has announced the introduction of its greenest Mondeo yet, the Econetic.

Powered by Ford's 2.0-litre turbodiesel putting out a modest 113bhp, the Mondeo Econetic coughs out a mere 139g/km of CO2 - which means it qualifies for £120 ‘Band E' annual road tax - and returns a calculated 54.3mpg on the combined cycle.

As we said, a bit dull, but you can't argue with those economy and emissions figures. The Mondeo Econetic achieves its frugality through low rolling resistance tyres, long gearing and aero trickery including a rear spoiler, revised suspension and air deflectors.

The Mondeo Econetic is on sale now, with prices starting at £20,795. There you go - some proper grown-up car news for you. We're off for a quick lie-down to recover from the shock.

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