Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Deciding to buy a Ford Mondeo is the easy part. Choosing which model, style and optional extras to go for is where things start to get tricky. The problem is that there's just so much choice. For a start, there are seven models, most of which are available in four-door, five-door or estate variations. Then there are the engines, which range from 1.6 - 2.5 Duratec petrol engines, to 1.8 - 2.2 Duratorq diesel engines.
The Ford Mondeo range starts with the Edge. It comes with 16" Y-spoke wheel covers, air-conditioning, CD and radio, central locking a heated front windscreen, voice controlled Bluetooth, clever Electronic Stability Programme, capless refuelling, Curtsey Delay headlights, seven airbags, a leather steering wheel and more.
The Zetec features some great additions to the Edge, such as 16" Y-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lights, body coloured door handles, brushed-finish front-door-opening scuff plates, a chrome lower grille surround, a duel-zone automatic temperature control, a leather gearshift knob and illuminated sun visor mirrors.
The ECOnetic is the car for those who are environmentally conscious. Its 1.8 or 2.0 Duratorq diesel engines give a lot of power, but doesn't compromise its environmental mission. It also has low rolling resistance tyres and front grille air deflectors, which, when coupled with the rear spoiler, makes the car ultra dynamic. There's also an up shift gear change indicator, helping you drive economically, and lowered sports suspension.
The Ghia is another great Mondeo model, which looks stylish with 17" 7X3 spoke alloy wheels, and has sensitive automatic headlights, a chrome upper grille, chrome finished upper door line, and a coloured lower grille. It also features a Sony 6CD and DAB radio system, power heated and folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, map reading lights and a front interior ambient light. The handbrake is wrapped in leather, and stylish wood-effect interior trim.
There are also the three Titanium models; the Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium X Sport. The Titanium's additions to the Zetec include 17" Y-spoke alloy wheels, silver painted upper and lower grilles, blue glass, brushed-chrome interior trim, cllever Ford Convers+ instrument cluster, and sports style front seats.
The Titanium X also includes the addition of 18" Y-spoke alloy wheels and Halogen Adaptive front lights with static cornering lights. There are front and rear parking sensors and heated seats. For gadget lovers, there's a FordPower start button and variable heated front seats. And for rear seat passengers, there's a central armrest with cup holders.
The last model in the Ford Mondeo range is the Titanium X Sport. It had a sports exterior design and a rear spoiler for added aerodynamics, as well as sports suspension. Its leather seats, steering wheel, door panel inserts, and gearshift are trimmed with red stitching, making even the inside look ultra luxurious. Whatever your life style and budget, the Ford Mondeo comes in a model to suit you.
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Ford Online cars.