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Practical Caravan reviews the Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi (163PS) Titanium X and finds it to be a first rate tow car and an extremely capable wagon
Any Ford Mondeo makes a practical, stable tow car – and this version is one of our favourites. Here we are reviewing the Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi (163PS) Titanium X.
Ford's latest 2.0 TDCi diesel engine is a cracker. It is smooth and quiet but very strong. With 251lb ft of muscle it easily copes with any suitable match.
Through our lane-change test the Mondeo was close to perfect, going exactly where the driver intended without pushing and shoving from the caravan behind. At motorway speeds hardly any steering correction is needed to hold a straight and steady course.
Leave the caravan behind and the Ford Mondeo is great fun to drive. The steering is precise, and there’s plenty of grip and agility you just don’t expect from such a big estate car.
And, yes, this is a very big estate car. Seats up, you have 542 litres of luggage room. Fold the rear seats down and you have 1733 litres to fill.
Passengers are equally well catered for, with plenty of head and legroom in the rear. One six-footer can quite happily sit behind another.
The Titanium X spec is well equipped but expensive. You can get the same towing ability with a few less toys by choosing the Zetec model.
Whichever specification is chosen, however, we have reservations over the Mondeo’s resale values. Expect to get back just 35% of what you paid in three years, according to What Car?.
However, fuel economy should be good. Official figures promise 53.2mpg on the combined cycle. Around our towing economy route the Mondeo averaged a respectable 23.6mpg.
|85% KW||1351 kg|
|Towball limit||90 kg|
|Maximum towing limit||2000 kg|
|Torque||251.0 lb ft|
|Official MPG||53.2 mpg|
This is an excellent tow car and a practical estate; highly recommended.
- This is a brilliant tow car
- It is good fun when driving solo
- It's practical and well equipped
- Potential resale values are poor