Long term report: Ford Mondeo

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When it came to the optional extras spec sheet we went a little tick-happy.

Our long-term Mondeo estate has more than £4k of optional extras, some of which could be classed as 'non-essentials'. However, the more time I'm spending behind the wheel, the more I'm beginning to appreciate them.

The Mondeo's Adaptive Cruise Control is a clever system that's usually been reserved for premium executive cars.

It comes as part of a pack that includes a Forward Alert System that detects and warns of potential road hazards ahead plus Hill Start Assist for only an £800 premium. It's a worthwhile investment.

During the festive break I finally had the chance to do the 'dog in boot test' with a friend's two rather large Labradors, making the most of the optional pet pack, which includes a dog guard and plastic floor.

There are a couple of things that are starting to niggle, though. With the windscreen wipers, the controls for the rear screen wash (pulling the wiper stalk) and front screen wash (a button on the wiper stalk) are the wrong way round. It's not a major bugbear, just a small annoyance.

Also, the touchscreen sat nav system isn't the most intuitive one on the market.

Report by Nigel Swan

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Model: Ford Mondeo Estate Titanium X
Price: £29,490 (as tested)
Engine: 2.0-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 161bhp, 340Nm
Max Speed: 137mph
0-60mph: 8.7 seconds
Emissions: 119g/km
Mileage this month: 1,856