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The Duratorq diesel has 132 kW, and 400 Nm
from 2000 to 2500 rpm.
All models use a six-speed automatic
transmission with steering wheel mounted
paddles for manual overrides.
Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system is standard
across the 2017 Mondeo range to control the
various infotainment features including satellite
navigation. There’s a fair bit of learning involved
which can be frustrating for the occasional
driver, but owners should adapt quickly and get
the maximum benefit from its many advanced
The latest 8.0-inch touchscreen has a
clear layout and large icons to reduce driver
inattention. The capacitive touch technology
allows ‘pinch and swipe’ on similar to that on
smartphones and tablets with select features.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow access
to Apple Siri and Google Now. Compatible apps
include Spotify, Pandora and Google Maps.
There are two USB sockets located in the
centre console storage box but highlighted with
white surrounds for easier access.
Mondeo gets the maximum five-start ANCAP
rating with standard features in all models that
include seven conventional airbags as well as
inflatable seatbelts on the two outer rear seats
that combine the benefits of a normal seatbelt
with those of an airbag; ABS brakes; Electronic
Stability Control; Trailer Sway Control; Hill
Launch Assist; rear parking sensors; reversing
camera; and Pre-Collision Assist with
Trend adds radar and camera based
autonomous emergency braking; lane departure
warning; lane-keep assist; and driver fatigue
The flagship Titanium also gets powered
steering wheel adjustment; LED headlights and
daytime running lights; blind spot monitoring
and park Enhanced Active Park Assist which
aids with both parallel and perpendicular
Standard across the range is Ford’s innovative
MyKey system that parents will love but young
drivers will tolerate at best. It allows the
vehicle’s smartkey to be programmed to limit a
number of components within the car including
speed warning chimes that sound at set points
above 70 km/h; the setting of a maximum
speed; limits on audio volume; seatbelt
warnings that do not time out and which can
be set to disable the audio system; and stops
safety features such as stability control from
Our first impression was of a car with a solid
feel to the body, usually a good omen for a
long life. Entry isn’t difficult although we found
our headroom restricted with the Titanium’s
The dashboard instrument panel is rather
cluttered with a large array of information that
takes some getting used to.There’s no digital
speedometer or head-up display.
Steering is firm and precise and the
suspension provides an ideal balance between
comfort and driving feel. Titanium’s Lane
Keeping System in addition to the normal alert
warning automatically adjusts the steering
torque input towards the centre of the lane
when it detects an unintended lane departure. A
clever feature but a little bit of a shock if you’re
not aware of what is happening.
The diesel engine in our test Titanium was
quiet and refined with plenty of grunt for
safe overtaking and easy hill ascents. There’s
excellent smooth acceleration that’s nicely
linear across the range, making the car most
enjoyable and safe to drive.
Although smaller than Falcon Mondeo is still
a full-size family car so don’t expect sports car
We got a reading of 6.9 litres per 100 km with
fairly enthusiastic driving during our test and
would be confident of getting down well into
the sixes although we’d struggle to match the
listed 5.3 L/100 km.
After many years as the bridesmaid to the
Falcon bride Mondeo has caught the bouquet
and assumed the prime position as Ford’s
premier family passenger car.
Mondeo’s combination of great looks,
spacious interior and fuel efficiency are
attracting plenty of attention from the daily
commuter or family buyer, as well as for its
performance and handling from the keen driver.
For all your Ford enquiries contact Davison
Ford LMCT 6390 on the corner of Etiwanda Ave
and 15th St, phone 5021 5757 or visit www.
steps out of Falcon’s shadow
0458 128 142
0439 274 985
0403 884 174
What do you do after you’ve won Australia’s Best Cars award six times? 1 You start again. That’s exactly what
we’ve done with the Reinvented i30.
There’s more power under the bonnet2 with three engines to choose from, alloy wheels and a body reinforced
with 53% ultra-high tensile steel making it our strongest i30 ever. Eight Hyundai SmartSenseTM3 active safety
technologies have been added to keep you alert, confident and in control while driving. And the 8ˇˇ touchscreen
with satellite navigation comes with complimentary map updates4 as standard. Talk about reinvention.
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