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Our Fleet Test Drive: Ford Mondeo - 6th report

Date: 22 June 2015   |   Author:

Big and comfortable

Our Mondeo doesn't go in for such frivolities as 'eco' buttons to improve efficiency; instead, it just relies on regular stop-start technology as a fuel economy aid.

That economy is improving with every tank as we head towards 6000 miles, having covered a couple of thousand since we took delivery. The past two tanks have broken 50mpg, a welcome lift from the disappointing 44.9mpg of the first fill that had me worried that the Mondeo could be shown up for efficiency against the most modern rivals.

The Mondeo, though is, badged Econetic, a logo once reserved for only the most efficient model in the range. Now it just designates that the car's on smaller 16-inch wheels, standard on all Zetec models, and has a lower suspension to help aerodynamics. While there's no other option at Zetec trim level, go up one to Titanium and for an extra £250 you can opt for 17-inch wheels with the non-Econetic version of the 150hp diesel. They add another 8g/km, taking the car from 107g/km to 115g/km and up two BIK bands.

It's also worth noting that the gearchange indicator spends as much tme telling me to change down as up, which isn't something the Ford display used to do, and shows I'm trying too hard to get into the higher gear and actually not helping the car operate at optimum efficiency.

Mileage                                                                  5719
P11D price                                                        £22,490
Forecast/actual cost per mile                      48.6p/51.8p
Our average consumption                               48.2mpg
Official combined consumption                           68.9pg

Verdict


  • Fuel efficiency starting to improve
  • Not the most exciting upper medium model

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