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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, July 29, 2017
N an interesting twist Ford and Holden have
decided to go in different directions with their
post-Commodore and post-Falcon largest
passenger cars. While Holden has chosen to
re-badge its Insignia model as Commodore,
Ford has opted to drop the Falcon name
altogether and retain the Mondeo moniker.
With Commodore still being built locally
it’s too early to say whether Holden buyers
will switch en-masse to the Insignia (or NG,
for next-generation, Commodore) but Ford’s
strategy seems to be working with Mondeo
sales booming both from downsizing ex-Falcon
buyers as well as those migrating from other
brands in the medium to large car class.
Although Mondeo has been around for a
quarter of a century the dominance of the
Falcon in Australia meant that it’s never been
much more than a bit player.
The current, fourth generation, Mondeo
arrived here in April 2015 and was given a minor
upgrade in April 2017.
Passenger car station wagons have become
something of a rarity since the start of the
SUV boom but it is available as one of the two
Mondeo body options. Unusually the other is a
five-door hatchback rather than a sedan.
There are three variants: Ambiente, Trend
and Titanium with prices ranging from $33,190
for a 2.0-litre petrol Ambiente hatch through to
$49,840 for our test car, the 2.0-litre Titanium
Mondeo hatch has coupe-like styling. The
large, widemouth honeycomb filled grille, and
daytime running lights produce an eye-catching
sporty looking car.
Even more so in the range topping Titanium
models which now comes with new design 19-
inch alloy wheels that sit around lower-profile
235/40 Continental tyres.
2017 Mondeo Ambiente and Trend also get
larger alloys than before, each up one-inch to
17- and 18-inch respectively as well as lower-
Practical boxy station wagons are a thing of
the past and Mondeo wagon has less functional
but more attractive Euro treatment. Luggage
capacity is 488 litres when loaded up to the
retractable blind, 712 litres when stacked to
the roof and 1585 litres with the rear seatbacks
folded and loaded to the roof.
Our test car Titanium wagon has a powered
sunroof which may affect the available front
headroom for taller drivers. We found it
necessary to drop the driver’s seat height
to its lower limit, not something that we
prefer. Otherwise interior space is good with
reasonable rear leg and headroom.
There are excellent storage options including
a large and deep alcove at the base of the front
console that is ideal for keeping items like
phone and wallet away from prying eyes. The
drink holders are large and supportive while the
USB, Aux and SD card sockets are at the bottom
of the centre console box.
As before, 2017 Mondeo comes with the
choice of two 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, an
EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq diesel. The petrol
has two different levels of tune, 149 kW and 345
Nm in the entry-level Ambiente and 177 kW
and 345 Nm, in the higher-specced Trend and
Mondeo sales booming as it
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