Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Estate of the Nation

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Estate of the Nation

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Byline: Jonathan Crouch

IF Ford could make this estate version drive much like the ve-door hatch, it would have a winner on its hands. Guess what? It does. ere's a reassuringly polished feel here that's usually the preserve of far more expensive cars - and the same excellent renement at speed.

Low prole roof rails help cut the wind roar that many estate cars suer from and the cabin is well insulated from road noise with no booming apparent from the big box at the back.

Handling is safe and assured, but the Mondeo estate never completely disguises its size and you might need to pass up some smaller parking spaces. On the plus side, rear visibility is notably better than that of the high-rumped ve-door hatch.

e choice of engines is vast - with an interesting insertion at the bottom of the range. e base petrol version gets the brand's 125PS 1.0-litre Eco-Boost engine: yes, the same one you get in a Fiesta. Here, it's been tuned for a Mondeo Estate's greater weight but it'll still struggle a little if you habitually fully load your car. Further up the petrol range, there's a 160PS 1.5-litre Eco-Boost unit - or a 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost powerplant. If you're a typical Mondeo Estate buyer though, you'll be wanting a diesel. Most will choose the much improved 2.0 TDCi base version, which now boasts 150PS. ere's also a 180PS version of this unit - or even a 210PS version. AWD will be a welcome option for towers. Whatever engine you select, you should nd the dynamic responses of this car a cut above those of most rivals. ough it's not quite as sharp as it used to be, the trade-o is better ride and long distance composure. ere aren't too many estate cars that look remotely sexy but if you choose your specication wisely, the latest Mondeo estate does a better impression than most. …

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