Ford Mondeo Inverness

If you are after a large family car, then the latest Ford Mondeo in Inverness should be at the top of your list. With strong dynamics, generous kit, a spacious cabin and top build quality, it leaves rivals trailing. Better still, its popularity means that used buyers have plenty of choice. Our guide shows you how to pick a good one.

Bannerman Seat
01463 222841
44 Harbour Road
Inverness

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01463 713880
1 Harbour Road
Inverness

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Corrie Motors
01463 226000
52 Harbour Road
Inverness

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Ness Motors
01463 222848
Harbour Road
Inverness

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Ken'S
01463 717616
15B Harbour Road
Inverness

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Highland Audi
01463 232255
35 Harbour Road
Inverness

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Alistair Macpherson
01463 714448
21 Seafield Road
Inverness

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Donald Mackenzie Ltd
01463 235777
62 Seafield Road
Inverness

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Cattanach Car Dealers
01463 717200
13 Carsegate Road
Inverness

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01463 231214
Inverness

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If you are after a large family car, then the latest Ford Mondeo should be at the top of your list. With strong dynamics, generous kit, a spacious cabin and top build quality, it leaves rivals trailing. Better still, its popularity means that used buyers have plenty of choice. Our guide shows you how to pick a good one.

History

The fourth-generation Mondeo was launched in 2007, with a choice of 1.6, 2.0, 2.3 or 2.5-litre petrol engines, along with 1.8 or 2.0 TDCi turbodiesel units. There was also the option of four-door saloon, five-door hatchback or five-door estate bodystyles, plus a choice of Edge, Zetec, Ghia or Titanium X trim levels. In March 2008, the green 1.8 TDCi ECOnetic and flagship 173bhp 2.2 TDCi arrived.

What to look for
Of the three bodystyles, saloons are worth the least, while the desirable estates fetch the highest prices. The smooth and torquey 2.2 TDCi unit is the pick of the engines. If you’re trading up from a third-generation Mondeo, make sure you can live with the much bigger dimensions of the newer car.

Alternatives
Vauxhall’s Vectra is the main rival. It’s plentiful, cheap, well equipped and generally reliable. But it’s not as good to drive, and the cabin is bland. The Rover 75 is worth a look for its value, comfort and reliability. Also consider Skoda’s Octavia, which boasts excellent quality, practicality and driving dynamics.


Recalls
There has only been one recall for the latest Mondeo. Issued in May 2009, it affects any 2.0 TDCi car built between November 2008 and March 2009. The problem centres on the braking system losing its power assistance when the engine is warming up. There’s no danger of brake failure, but stopping distances could be increased.


How much?
Average mileage fourth-generation Mondeos start at £10,000, which nets a 1.6-litre 56-plate hatchback with 30,000 on the clock. Around £11,000 will secure a 2.0 Edge hatch or Zetec saloon. A similar amount buys a 56-plate 1.8 TDCi hatch, and £12,000 gets the keys to a desirable 2.0 TDCi. High-spec Titanium models start from £13,000, rising to £22,000 for an 09-plate Titanium X Sport. Expect estates to fetch £500 more than hatchbacks.


Model / 58-2009 / 08-2008 / 57-2007 / 07-2007 / 56-2007
1.6 125 Edge / N/A / £12,495 / £11,195 / £10,895 / £10,495
2.0 Zetec / £14,295 / £13,450 / £11,995 / £11,695 / £11,250
2.3 Ghia auto / £15,495 / £14,495 / £12,995 / £12,595 / £12,095
1.8 TDCi 125 Zetec / N/A / £13,595 / £12,195 / £11,795 / £11,395
1.8 TDCi 125 Tit. X / £16,795 / £15,795 / £14,195 / £13,695 / £13,195
2.0 TDCi 130 Zet. auto / N/A / £14,895 / £13,395 / £12,895 / £12,395
2.0 TDCi 140 Ghia / £15,995 / £14,995 / £14,195 / £13,395 / £12,495


Running costs
All Mondeos need a service every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes sooner. Service costs vary according to mileage, but you’ll pay between £190 and £235 each time. You shouldn’t struggle to find a dealer, either – the blue oval has 781 sites across the UK.

Under the bonnet, all engines in the line-up are chain driven, meaning that there’s no need to budget for a replacement cambelt. However, the air-conditioning system will need attention every three years, with a recharge costing around £80. The brake fluid needs renewing at two-year intervals (£40), while fresh coolant should be put in every four years, also at £40.


Model/Pence per mile / % price retained after 3 years / Annual road fund licence
1.6 125 Edge / 7 / 45 / 41 / £175
2.0 Zetec / 8 / 49 / 41 / £215
2.3 Ghia auto / 9 / 57 / 39 / £215
2.5T Titanium X / 14 / 64 / 37 / £215
1.8 TDCi 125 Zetec / 7 / 46 / 42 / £215
2.0 TDCi 130 Zet. auto / 8 / 52 / 41 / £150
2.0 TDCi 140 Ghia / 9 / 50 / 41 / £150


Partwatch


Part / Dealer price / Independent price
Front brake pads (axle set) / £53.03 / £26.95
Brake disc (pair) / £110.40 / £43.95
Door mirror glass (electric) / £33.87 / £17.99
Radiator / £205.18 / £154.95










Buyers guide: Ford Mondeo