A diesel estate may not be the first thing that springs to mind when discussing desirable motor cars, but since its arrival, our Ford Mondeo has become one of the most in-demand members of the fleet.
This month marked my first acquaintance with EN13 KWG, and initial impressions were positive.
In its twilight years the Mondeo remains a handsome beast, even if ours is painted the same colour as a Beluga whale.
Its estate silhouette gives a sense of purpose missing from the hatchback model, too, which is further enhanced by the roof racks we've festooned it with.
Pointing the Mondeo's nose towards the snarled-up A3, the first thing that struck me was the sheer enormity of the interior.
It's so vast, it makes the Mondeo's more 'upmarket' German rivals seem positively pokey.
Sat in traffic, an automatic gearbox would have been nice, but the tractable 2.0-litre diesel and an effortless manual shifter made for light work, as did the optional adaptive cruise control.
A relaxing and well-equipped cruiser, then, but with little chance to explore the car's dynamics, that will have to wait until next month – provided I can fight off the rest of the office for the keys.
Model: Ford Mondeo Estate Titanium X
Price: £29,490 (as tested)
Engine: 2.0-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 161bhp, 340Nm
Max speed: 137mph
Mileage this month: 1,313
This month's highlight
The size of the interior. You could lose things in there and you'd never find them