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The Top Gear car review:Ford Mondeo
For:Clear improvements over the old one, now almost a match for premium rivals
Against:Not quite as much fun on a twisting back road, still lacks the premium badge
What is it?
The Ford Mondeo is pretty much an all-new car, designed to do pretty much exactly what the very familiar old one did. It’s a big family hatch and estate. Because the market has diversified, it’s joined at the top of Ford’s range by a big crossover-SUV called the Edge, and of course the S-Max and Galaxy, all based on the same platform.
We get 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 turbo petrols, an economy-biased 1.6 diesel and a 2.0 diesel in three outputs - we tested the middle 180bhp version of the Ford Mondeo. There’s also a hybrid petrol – big in the US, and actually built in the US (the others come from Spain), but of minority interest here.