Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 130 Zetec Review

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Jeeves's review of Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 130 Zetec


“The Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 130 Zetec 4 dr is a...”

Written on: 23/09/2003 by Jeeves (1 review written)

Good Points
Powerful engine, good handling.

Bad Points
Wind noise, fierce clutch.

General Comments
The Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 130 Zetec 4 dr is a revalation to anyone who's driven one of Ford's earlier diesel efforts.

The engine is immensely powerful. When the turbo kicks in around 2000rpm this thing really flies... very un-diesel like indeed! The engine clatters a bit when cold, but soon settles down to an acceptable level.

Handling is good for such a large car, though one has to be careful in wet conditions, expecially with the 'off-on' nature of the clutch.

Interior is functional rather than exceptional, though a few more cubby holes would be nice.

All the 'Mk3' Mondeos seem to suffer from wind noise, particularly around the driver's side window (there is, apparently, a service bulletin available for garages to fix this).

There's a good amount of luggage space, certainly enough for 4 adults and their holiday suitcases.

All in all the Mondeo is a very capable car. If it didn't have the superb TDCi engine it would be just average.

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