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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

Prices are competitive and you can normally get some kind of deal on a used model, but the sheer volume on the market means depreciation is heavy. Fuel consumption is average for the class - if you're a medium to high-mileage driver it would be worthwhile choosing a TDCi model. Ford servicing prices are reasonable.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 116p £1,352 - £1,953 *
Diesel 118p £1,073 - £1,412 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period 12,500 miles.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £150 - £520
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Insurance group 17 - 33
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Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Mondeo is an environmentally friendly choice for green buyers. With an average of 178g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are quite low for a medium-sized hatchback. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 2.0-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is also fairly economical, averaging 41 mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 TDCI (115ps) Diesel,
2.0 TDCI (155ps) Diesel
148 g/km (Min) £150
3.0 V6 Petrol 249 g/km (Max) £305 - £520

Reliability

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Ford Mondeo has been pretty reliable, save for a few recalls to correct build faults, and some customers did find problems with the handbrake in 2001 (not holding the car stationary after parking), which was not the subject of a recall but would have been rectified at the following service. A few others have also reported problems with the rear suspension on older cars, which could be expensive to replace.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox Very few major problems here, but checks for signs of poor engine maintenance.
Other Minor niggles with auto-closing windows. In 2001 Ford issued dealer guidance to adjust handbrake settings on Mondeos - check the work has been done. Some owners have reported that the rear bushes may need to be changed, this requires the entire subframe to be changed. Check for any windscreen blemishes, too.

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