Ford Mondeo is a European car aimed very much at the family market. They were
sold as five-door hatches (also known as five-door sedans) and five-door station
wagons. The wagons were popular as they are good load haulers.
Ford Mondeo from the period being examined here had the Ford Sync infotainment
systems. So even the base Mondeo LX has voice activated controls at a time when
only upmarket European cars had the feature. Sync2 is installed from the 2015
Ford also added Bluetooth connectivity as it was trying to push its cars to the fleet
market and business people were increasingly demanding instant communications.
In July 2011 an efficient turbo-petrol unit displacing 2.0 litres replaced the naturally
aspirated 2.0 petrol. It’s an excellent engine that was arguably one of the best of its
type at the time.
The 2015 model has the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in two states of tune, with lower power,
149 kW, for the entry level car and the higher grades getting 177 kW. There’s also a
2.0-litre turbo-diesel, with 132 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque.
Ford Mondeo moved to its next generation towards the end of 2020 but Ford
Australian said there are no plans to bring it here. A sensible move as the only car
with any sales success in this segment nowadays is the all-conquering Toyota
The Mondeo is relatively easy for the home mechanic to work on, though some
areas are quite complex, particularly the electronics, so are best left to professionals.
Ford has one of the largest dealer networks in Australia, even in comparatively
remote areas. Some Mondeo spares may not be readily available in remote areas,
but can generally be shipped out within a couple of working days.
Spare parts prices are about average for a vehicle in the imported European class.
Not as low as for Asian cars, but not that much more expensive, either.
Insurance generally falls into the lowest range and provided that your driving and
insurance records are good even the quick cars aren’t overly priced.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Those with a lot of kilometres on the clock may have been rental cars in their early
Check for crash repairs, most easily spotted by panels which don’t quite fit or that
have a ripply finish. Also look for paint colours that don’t match, and for tiny spots of
paint on unpainted surfaces such as glass or badges.
During your test drive listen for squeaks and rattles that may mean the Mondeo has
spent a lot of time on unmade country roads.
Using the owner’s handbook as a guide check that all buttons, knobs, levers etc,
We have heard of electrical components that don’t work always work correctly. Make
sure everything works the way they should.
Engine harshness may mean big troubles, though it might just be a tuning problem.
An automatic shouldn’t hold onto a lower gear for too long or hunt up and down
through the ratios. Fixing problems could be expensive.
Expect to pay from $4000 to $7000 for a 2011 Ford Mondeo Zetec; $6000 to
$10,000 for a 2012 Titanium or a 2014 Zetec; $8000 to $12,000 for a 2016
Ambiente; $10,000 to $16,000 2015 Trend or a 2016 Ambiente; $12,000 to $18,000
for a 2016 Titanium or 2017 Ambiente; $14,000 to $20,000 for a 2017 Trend;
$18,000 to $25,000 for a 2017 Trend; and $21,000 to $29,000 for a 2020 Ambiente.
CAR BUYING TIP
Rather than settling on one make and model of car in the early days of shopping
around leave your options open until you’ve done plenty of research.
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