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Mondeo pitches to the downsizers.

Mondeo pitches to the downsizers.

IF Ford are looking for a nickname for its 2015 Mondeo Trend, which is making a huge impact here since its launch earlier this year, two that spring to mind are the Silent Knight or the Peacemaker.

The Silent Knight. Well the Mondeo is amazingly quiet, with a total lack of road noise even when travelling over coarse seal.

The Peacemaker. The Mondeo’s state-of-the-art suspension allows it to absorb the bumps and imperfections of any surface as it glides along. It is a great stress reducer.

If you wanted a third one, how about the Accountant, for the fuel economy for a car of this size. The Trend petrol has an official fuel consumption of 8.2 l/100kms and some drivers report even lower figures. The diesel model drops down to just 5.2.

That is all very enticing for a vehicle that Ford has packed to the rafters with quality features.

The Trend is powered by a 2-litre GTDI Ecoboost engine with 177kW of power at 5300 rpm and 345 Nm of torque from 2300 to 4900 rpm, delivered through a sophisticated six-speed select transmission. It is available in both petrol and diesel versions.

The whole of the new Mondeo range comes with electronic power steering, a first for this model, adaptive cruise control and a five-star ANCAP safety rating built around a blind spot information system, driver impairment monitor, thorax and curtain airbags, electronic stability programme, traction control, anti-lock brakes, active city stop and pedestrian detection.

Ford also has an interesting first in its safety package, inflatable rear seatbelts. There are actually airbags in the seatbelts which in the event of an accident, blow up to distribute the force of an impact across a wider area of the torso and help support the head and neck. They also hold people in the correct seating position, which can help reduce the risk of injury from a front or side impact.

Extensive comfort features like dual zone climate control are topped off by the amazing SYNC2 system which operates by voice control.

The driver can do everything from listening to or making calls, listening to text messages, access the GPS, stream music from Bluetooth selecting by track, genre, album or band, with everything visible from an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

For Ford, which has achieved a name as the maker of big vehicles, the Mondeo range is the perfect way to downsize buyers. There is so much room inside the Trend, so much comfort and such a high standard of performance, they won’t realise they have downsized.

In this aspect, the Trend will keep the big blue family more than happy.

IF Ford are looking for a nickname for its 2015 Mondeo Trend, which is making a huge impact here since its launch earlier this year, two that spring to mind are the Silent Knight or the Peacemaker.

The Silent Knight. Well the Mondeo is amazingly quiet, with a total lack of road noise even when travelling over coarse seal.

The Peacemaker. The Mondeo’s state-of-the-art suspension allows it to absorb the bumps and imperfections of any surface as it glides along. It is a great stress reducer.

If you wanted a third one, how about the Accountant, for the fuel economy for a car of this size. The Trend petrol has an official fuel consumption of 8.2 l/100kms and some drivers report even lower figures. The diesel model drops down to just 5.2.

That is all very enticing for a vehicle that Ford has packed to the rafters with quality features.

The Trend is powered by a 2-litre GTDI Ecoboost engine with 177kW of power at 5300 rpm and 345 Nm of torque from 2300 to 4900 rpm, delivered through a sophisticated six-speed select transmission. It is available in both petrol and diesel versions.

The whole of the new Mondeo range comes with electronic power steering, a first for this model, adaptive cruise control and a five-star ANCAP safety rating built around a blind spot information system, driver impairment monitor, thorax and curtain airbags, electronic stability programme, traction control, anti-lock brakes, active city stop and pedestrian detection.

Ford also has an interesting first in its safety package, inflatable rear seatbelts. There are actually airbags in the seatbelts which in the event of an accident, blow up to distribute the force of an impact across a wider area of the torso and help support the head and neck. They also hold people in the correct seating position, which can help reduce the risk of injury from a front or side impact.

Extensive comfort features like dual zone climate control are topped off by the amazing SYNC2 system which operates by voice control.

The driver can do everything from listening to or making calls, listening to text messages, access the GPS, stream music from Bluetooth selecting by track, genre, album or band, with everything visible from an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

For Ford, which has achieved a name as the maker of big vehicles, the Mondeo range is the perfect way to downsize buyers. There is so much room inside the Trend, so much comfort and such a high standard of performance, they won’t realise they have downsized.

In this aspect, the Trend will keep the big blue family more than happy.

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