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New Ford Mondeo ECOnetic announced

Tue, 16 Jun 2009

Ford has introduced a 2.0 litre version of the Mondeo ECOnetic

We wouldn’t for a minute expect Ford to take the slightest bit of notice of us, but they have announced the launch of a second Ford Mondeo ECOnetic toady – this time an even ‘Greener’ version – so they’re going in the right direction!

The new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic sports a 2.0 litre, 115bhp diesel engine which achieves a remarkable 54.3mpg (and remember, the Mondeo weighs in at over 1500kg). It manages to slip in to the sub 140g/km CO2 bracket – making it VED (Band E- £120pa)  and company car tax friendly – and comes as either a saloon or estate.

Ford has tweaked this Mondeo down the Eco route by the usual methodology of fitting low rolling resistance tyres, lowering the suspension, tweaking the ECU and adding a couple of aerodynamic aids. They’ve also fitted the (irritating for some) little green arrow on the dash to show the most optimum up-change moments.

But this is still a Mondeo, so it drives well, looks good, has a decent spec (including Bluetooth, climate control and heated front screen) and is put together properly. The only downside is a lack of kudos, which Ford just can’t seem to overcome with the Mondeo. People still think of it as a cheap option; a modern Cortina. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a class-leading car and – if ECO is your thing -  the new Mondeo ECOnetic should fit the bill if want a car that’s cheap to run, but doesn’t feel ‘Cheap’.

The new Ford Mondeo 2.0 litre ECOnetic is now now sale from £20,145

We’d still rather have ECOnetic as an option, though!

By Cars UK