This is the new, improved Ford Mondeo, now with added ‘zing'.
The freshly baked Mondeo gets a lightly altered face (new grille), a lightly altered side profile (chrome window surrounds) and LED daytime running lights. Each of which is not astoundingly obvious to the casual observer, but looks smart nonetheless.
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Of chief importance for the new Mondeo is the addition of two new engines to the dizzying range - a 235bhp 2-litre turbo petrol unit that'll hit 62mph in just 7.5s - and likely to appear in some form for the next Focus ST - and a 197bhp 2.2-litre oil burner which will do the dash in 8.3s while returning 47mpg.
Ford's white-coat specialists have also introduced higher-quality materials for the Mondeo's interior, and have redesigned it to make it more ‘premium'.
Which is all fine and dandy. And we like the Mondeo lots. It's a well-executed family car which is fun to abuse on a B-road, spacious enough to swallow children and assorted stuff, and doesn't require you to sell a kidney on the black market to buy.
There is one niggling thing however...the name. Mondeo is not a sexy name. It doesn't make women swoon with a heady fever and instantly want to mate with you on the spot. Rather, it gets a knowing nod from knowledgeable car types. And you definitely don't want to mate with them.
There's also another thing...the more lusted-after BMW 3 Series. Which would you choose?