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|14-02-2008, 02:43 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Brisbane Qld
I have recently upgraded to a TDCi and that decision was made after test driving and comparing the following:
Peugeot 407 Diesel Wagon
Mazda Classic Hatch (Petrol)
VW Passat Diesel Wagon
Mondeo TDCi hatch
I have a particular need to carry large items which limited me to either a hatch or wagon meeting the critical dimensions.
Summarising my experiences:
Peugeot: Stylish car with very long bonnet, difficult to judge the extremities, cramped rear seat area, seemed to hesitate from standing start, too small to fit gear (length) VERY EXPENSIVE
Mazda: Petrol version driven. great drive but now a little dated, Auto not available with diesel, too small to fit gear. No diesel available in about to be released new model.
Passat: Great car with very good driving performance. Size OK. Too expensive as a family member has recently purchased the base model with premium paint and payed $7,500 more than I did for the TDCi with leather, sunroof, bluetooth and euro plates. Also waited 6 months for delivery.
Mondeo: The best drive of the lot and really looks the goods, largest in almost all dimensions, best value for money by a long way. While it is a little less economical than the Passat that is not a deal breaker in my view. The fact that it has been in the top three in almost all "Car of the year" awards both here and overseas speaks volumes.
My decision was easy ............. except for the colour :
Frozen White Mondeo TDCi Hatch
|14-02-2008, 03:02 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Melbourne, VIC
You have made an excellent decision! Not only is the Duratorq engine FANTASTIC, but the Mondeo, I believe, is one of the nicest styled mid-sized cars currently around!
I currently drive the Focus TDCi - same engine smaller body. Love the diesel!!
Enjoy the car!