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Ford Mondeo Titanium X 2009 review


Overall towcar rating

*****


Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2009
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.0litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 50 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 31 miles per gallon
  • Body type: Hatchback

Towcar summary

What's good?

comfort, Spec of the car lots of goodies

What's bad?

fuel consumption compared to previous Mondeo's they averaged around 56 mpg.
1st gear is driven through very quickly even when driving carefully.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

very easily cruises in 6th gear with little to effort at 60mph towing 1400+kg Swift challenger 530 SE

Solo performance *****

What's it like without the caravan?

great for long motorway journeys just as relaxed on twisty roads although a big car it handles well the Titanium does not have the harder suspension of the Zetec.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Washer bottle if it becomes gunged up is difficult to get at to clean out requires nearside wheel taking off and underskirt, also headlamp bulb require bumper to be pulled about 2" out of shape to get headlight out and fit bub then twist bumper to get headlamp back in all fits back in place when done (these are the instructions from the manual)

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

love it Mondeo number 7 for me and in between Mondeo's it always been focus's. Front and rear sensors parking made easy, huge boot very comfortable good vision easy to get at controls.

Buying experience ****

Did you buy it new or used?

Used

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

have bought from the same rep before so a little rapport and buyer power with him generally good deal

 

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9 Comments

I have a 2009 Titanium X Sport auto, tow an Elddis Gulfstream EX 2000,

Best tow car we have ever had...been towing since 1978. Getting 34 mpg towing, not checked solo as mainly in town driving.

Downside....stupid tyre pressure sensor valves snap off sooooo easily and cost £110 to replace, Electronics not reliable and go haywire on occasions for no known reason.

Would I have another? Probably not. So many niggling problems my wife is scared of it and won't drive it....she is a technophobe and just says that if she were driving it and the bells and whistles started she would just abandon it! 

Good review, I agree with what has been said.  It feels very solid and tows very well.  Solo it puts away the miles with ease, and I regard it as the best car I have owned by a long way.  Nothing has broken/dropped off/stopped working, apart from a puddle-light bulb just after I took delivery.

 

Consumption in my case (manual) is 52-54 mpg solo, 28-32 hitched.  At 21,000 miles still on the original set of tyres (swapped front/rear at around 15,000).  Servicing could be a little cheaper, but by shopping around I always get the supplying dealer to go with the lowest quote.

 

Depreciation is the only bugbear with the Mondeo, but at least it doesn't cost a fortune in spares or replacements, so the overall cost of ownership is reasonable.

I'd love to know where your fuel consumption figures come from. I get around 42mpg solo and 24mpg towing. I suppose it is the cost of the larger engine with more power.

I must say though that this is the best tow car I have ever owned, it is easy to forget that I have a caravan on the back :) .

The only problem that I have had towing is getting stuck in a traffic jam on a steep hill, it is hard to creep forward without slipping the clutch, I had to wait until there was a sizeable gap and drive in first gear then stop. Starting was no problem because the car has hill start assist.

I had the MK3 Mondeo estate 2.0Tdci, and at best could only get 45mpg. I have now got Mk4 Titanium hatch, but not the X spec. I do miss the parking sensors on the old one as the back window is high.

I have had this one 6 weeks and am averaging 48mpg and most of my journey to work is dual carriage way/mway at 55 to 50 mph. Its only got 2k miles so may improve when it runs in a bit.

 

The only bug bear at the minute is that I can not get the seat position right, as my right leg aches under the calf. I have tried the seat up down back forward with little sucesss up to now.

The only bug bear at the minute is that I can not get the seat position right, as my right leg aches under the calf. I have tried the seat up down back forward with little sucesss up to now.

Hi Ian, try using the cruise control more - it is great!

I had the MK3 Mondeo estate 2.0Tdci, and at best could only get 45mpg. I have now got Mk4 Titanium hatch, but not the X spec. I do miss the parking sensors on the old one as the back window is high.

I have had this one 6 weeks and am averaging 48mpg and most of my journey to work is dual carriage way/mway at 55 to 50 mph. Its only got 2k miles so may improve when it runs in a bit.

 

The only bug bear at the minute is that I can not get the seat position right, as my right leg aches under the calf. I have tried the seat up down back forward with little sucesss up to now.

should improve , im at 119k on mine  and hit 60 mpg at 50 / 55 mph.usually averages out around 49 - 52 mpg .towing its 30 mpg.strangely ,towing the coachman i cant hit the 32 -33 mpg i regularly got when towing a heavier,longer slab fronted bailey pegasus  :unsure: 

Hi Ian, try using the cruise control more - it is great!

I do Andrew at every opportunity, and I would not have a car without Cruise control now. I never had a problem when my older cars had the seat height fixed, so I am still on a mission to find the correct position. I do find that you tend to sit lower down in the Mondeo compared to the Octavia so maybe I am trying to adjust for this as well. 


should improve , im at 119k on mine  and hit 60 mpg at 50 / 55 mph.usually averages out around 49 - 52 mpg .towing its 30 mpg.strangely ,towing the coachman i cant hit the 32 -33 mpg i regularly got when towing a heavier,longer slab fronted bailey pegasus  :unsure:

I am off to France in 3 weeks so hopefully it will loosen up alot by the time I get home. My work journey average speed in 35mph according to the car, but there still are a number of roundabouts to contend with, but I reset the computer yesterday, and was averaging 52mpg this am.

Great towcar. Bags of power even fully loaded with 4 adults, all their luggage and a big single axle on the back. Excellent fuel economy solo, especially on long runs. Decent economy towing. Best thing; cruise control worst thing; replacing headlight bulbs

I like my mondeo and don't have any problems (touch wood) but I still can't get on with cruise control  :(