Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 30th May 2007, 22:19   #1
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,890
Thanked: 9,723 Times
Default Ford Mondeo 1.8 Edge Hatch

Fab car to drive!

A real drivers car!!

Almost as good as a BMW!!!

Ford are really going places!!!!





This is the press going gung ho about the Ford Mondeo

Having had a lot of fun with Ford Focus’s (Focii?), I decided that I would go for a Mondeo this time around. Have always lusted at the Mondy over here, the low profile tyres and minimal looks have some appeal.

Test route – Around Manchester and the Yorkshire Dales, then down to London and Kent via the Midlands. Almost the same route covered last time in the X5. Total miles covered – 600miles

Picked her up from the airport. Somehow it looked dull. The tyres are a higher profile and the chrome bits made it look chintzy. Opened door and sat inside and got familiar. Driving position was spot on. The so called “Passat” beating interior was bleak – black everywhere, a whiff of eau de plastic coupled with the odour of citron de la rentacar (lemon deodorizer) permeated all over. Got familiar with the controls. The tactility was not there and I somehow did not think that the interior would last in India or any rough terrain.

Snicked it into gear, no problem and took off back home. Car was easy to drive – it’s a ford!!!!! I was not pushing it until I was totally familiar. Also the “calling’ was not there !!! “Calling”? – yep, the minute you drive the Focus, it begged to be pushed, yanked and spanked. The Mondy – was a docile big brother - it begged for nothing.

Picked up the women and drove to see a friend in the Yorkshire Dales – wonderful roads where I used to push my Peugeot and the occasional borrowed MR2. The X5 attacked with a lot of vertical mounted gusto. The Mondeo merely followed the line. My daughter remarked that I was not driving my normal style, and asked whether something was wrong?

On the motorway, it cruised well. Overall returned 32 mpg. It was comfortable but a little soft for my liking. Steering is predictable but feedback was a bit off. Great boot – it took swallowed our luggage with ease.

Performance was leisurely, the 1.8 Zetec was adequate, sound was not that inspiring. Handling wise, it held on but it had to work hard following a dotty old lady in a 10 year old Focus estate driving on narrow Kent roads. It barely kept up. Brakes were sufficient.

There you have it, an well honed package for someone with average demands. It is not special as they say it is. Now I understand Steeroid’s perspective on his Mondeo. It can’t cut the mustard in a challenging situation or condition

If so, the UK Police would be using Mondy ST24’s, instead, they used BMW 530’s (in London) and some Mercs!!!
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2007, 22:54   #2
BHPian
 
vcash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 453
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

Shame on you Ajmat for getting me all excited. I read Mondeo and New Indian Car Test Drives and was ready to call the Ford Dealer in India a place an order for a fully loaded baby blue exterior and tan interior.

In all seriousness, try and see if you can check out the NEW Mondeo MKIV in the UK. Those interioirs / exterior / prfromance and appeal will blow every Passat / Camry / Honda / Citroen and what have you out of the water.
vcash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th May 2007, 23:04   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N.A
Posts: 6,834
Thanked: 1,503 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vcash View Post
In all seriousness, try and see if you can check out the NEW Mondeo MKIV in the UK. Those interioirs / exterior / prfromance and appeal will blow every Passat / Camry / Honda / Citroen and what have you out of the water.
Been there, done that. No great shakes - trust me.

The Mondeo is a very ordinary car that was glorified by the Indian Automotive presswallahs. They made it sound like it was some kind of ultimate supercar. They raved about the diesel as though it were manna from heaven, and then people that bought the diesel found themselves saddled with troublesome motors that they couldnt find spares for, and if they did it cost half the car. The petrol motor however was reliable (fuel pump aside), but noisy. The FI pump would develop a whine every now and then, too. So the Autojournos called it 'nice and rorty'. They didnt have to spend hours listening to the 'rortiness', I'm sure.

I had a Mondeo in Dubai when I blew up my money on a &(@*#)@!*& Alfa Romeo and couldnt afford another new car within 10 months. It did its job without complaining. The seats were fantastic as was the driving position. That was about it, but that was all I expected from it in a time when I spent hardly 8 days a month in DXB.

After those two experiences, my Chevy and my Tata have only exceeded expectations.

It is, and will always remain - a repmobile. Long live Chevrolet!

PS: Ajmat - you should've taken the 2.0 at the least. It was the best motor in the range, even though there was a more powerful 2.4 and even a 3.0.

Last edited by Steeroid : 30th May 2007 at 23:10.
Steeroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2007, 00:15   #4
BHPian
 
vcash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 453
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

I am surprised that you did'nt think much of the new Mondeo - Considering it's based on Ford's Euro platform and has come up with some pretty innovative features and great interior / exterior styling with help from Volvo / Mazda - I would think the Mondeo would be the new benchmark for the Camry, Accord, Passat, Altima etc.

I have not driven the old Mondeo or the new one since FoMoCo beleives in dishing out hella crappy cars in the US. Seriously - The Fusion is garbage and thats hard to beleive since it's a repackaged Mazda 6, a great car in its own right. So I can't agree / disagree with your experience. But as I have stated in another thread, it looks fantastic on paper and if priced right (including spares) it could be the segment leader in India.

P.S. Don't get me started about Chevys. Just drove a Trailblazer for 1400 miles to Kentucky a few weeks ago and man was that thing a POS. TrailBlazer + Fog + West Virgina Hills + Confederate Pickups = Premature Cardiac Arrest for a very young vcash.
vcash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2007, 00:56   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
iraghava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 153 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vcash View Post
I have not driven the old Mondeo or the new one since FoMoCo beleives in dishing out hella crappy cars in the US. Seriously - The Fusion is garbage and thats hard to beleive since it's a repackaged Mazda 6, a great car in its own right.
The previous gen Mondeo with it's 2-litre engine was quite a driver's car!! It was indeed a pleasue to driver around in.

Quote:
Originally Posted by vcash View Post
P.S. Don't get me started about Chevys. Just drove a Trailblazer for 1400 miles to Kentucky a few weeks ago and man was that thing a POS. TrailBlazer + Fog + West Virgina Hills + Confederate Pickups = Premature Cardiac Arrest for a very young vcash.
Hahahahahhahahahahahahahhaha Thanks Vcash!!!!!!!!
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2007, 16:02   #6
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 47,735
Thanked: 89,308 Times
Default

And I thought for a minute : Ajmat already drove the NEW Mondeo?

One of my ex's used to drive a Mondeo so I often had a chance to high-revv the Ford. It was a whole lot of fun back then but I do remember hating the brakes. I think the game has moved on. Especially since the launch of a certain 150bhp car from Skoda.
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2007, 02:19   #7
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Mpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,432
Thanked: 1,682 Times
Default

Its depeds on who made those comments. The British press mags are shamelessly biased and will pump up anything Ford of UK makes.
Mpower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2007, 08:35   #8
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,890
Thanked: 9,723 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTO View Post
And I thought for a minute : Ajmat already drove the NEW Mondeo?

One of my ex's used to drive a Mondeo so I often had a chance to high-revv the Ford. It was a whole lot of fun back then but I do remember hating the brakes. I think the game has moved on. Especially since the launch of a certain 150bhp car from Skoda.

I think the duratec engine ain't as fun as the Zetec one, I found the focus a really hard car to beat, build quality aside.

Funny enough, that 150 bhp car came out much before the previous generation Mondy did !!!
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2007, 10:26   #9
BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 161
Thanked: 3 Times
Thumbs up A pleasure to own and drive

Am a little taken aback and surprised by the comments about the Mondeo. I used to own one when I was in the UK....a Petrol 2.0 Ghia X fully loaded with all the works. I have never driven a car better to drive than that and this comment comes after driving the Mazda 6, Toyota Avensis, Volkswagen Passat, Renault Laguna and the Citroen Picasso in the same country. Excellent seats, great driving position, lovely Sony 6-CD music system, good brakes, fantastic ride and handling, an elegant looking dashboard etc.

The pick-up was too good and I could negotiate corners at 70 mph without breaking into a sweat. The steering was precise and nimble. The gear shift was so good, my cousin who is 8 yrs old could slot it into position without any fuss. The insurance was reasonable as well.

After migrating back to India, I was amazed to see that the car hardly sold much in this country and I still wonder why when people go after Lauras, Camrys and Accords which trust me, are not a patch on the Mondeo in terms of sheer driving pleasure and the rock solid stability the car offers. The only reason I did not buy it myself was that the car was too overpriced for me to buy in this country. However, I might just be tempted to go beyond my budget and buy one next year if they release the new 2007 Mondeo in India.

Maybe the Mondeo with all its bulk is just not made for a 1.8 engine. It needs a 2.0 at the very minimum. The ST24 is highly powered but its not really necessary to spend extra cash on that one.

And btw, the UK police do use a lot of Ford Mondeos in its fleet along with the BMWs and believe me, the Mondeos do not lag behind in any way.

I actually wondered why doesn't Ford sell the Mondeos in the US instead of the Tauruses....this model alone has the potential to turn the beleagured company's fortunes around I guess.

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Any clod can have an opinion...a logical one is a rarity.
samirsarkar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2007, 13:35   #10
BHPian
 
suren181's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 847
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

But why is this incorporated in the New Indian Car Test-Drives? Pardon me for my ignorance, but is this slated for India? I don't recall a mention of a Mondeo Hatch being slated for release in India. Please do correct me if I am wrong.
suren181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2007, 16:09   #11
BHPian
 
RacingForIndia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 474
Thanked: 11 Times
Arrow

Quote:
Originally Posted by samirsarkar View Post
I actually wondered why doesn't Ford sell the Mondeos in the US instead of the Tauruses....this model alone has the potential to turn the beleagured company's fortunes around I guess.

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Any clod can have an opinion...a logical one is a rarity.
My thoughts exactly. Ford US has tried to push the same dated products over and over again and have completely failed to read the US market. The Japs are doing a much better job.

Even the sales guys at the Ford service stations swear by the Mondeo. I love its looks.

Last edited by RacingForIndia : 1st June 2007 at 16:25. Reason: Spelling mistakes and text additions (IN BOLD)
RacingForIndia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2007, 16:33   #12
BHPian
 
cheap_deal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: unknown
Posts: 463
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

the only mondeo worth buying is the ST24, i want powerrrrr.
i found the 2lt engine quite slow
cheap_deal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ford Mondeo XR-5 Turbo & Ford Mondeo Reviewed Brosreview Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 8 27th September 2008 03:02
Ford Edge Reviewed Brosreview Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 1 15th September 2008 05:22
Ford planning to re-launch Ford Mondeo in India navdeep The Indian Car Scene 38 19th August 2008 03:19
Modded Red Ford Mondeo! + KS Motorsports Turbo/NOS Mondeo Gordon Modifications & Accessories 82 19th October 2006 21:34
New Mondeo spotted in Bahamas (5 door Hatch ver) 1Day The International Automotive Scene 0 26th September 2006 10:37


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 06:44.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks