Long term report: Ford Mondeo Estate

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The Ford Mondeo estate may be showing its age now, this generation celebrating its 7th birthday this year, but that doesn't stop it being a popular choice for families and business types up and down the country.

We've already established the boot is one of the best in class and as family estates go it handles surprisingly well. It's safe to say the next generation has big shoes to fill.

But how does it stack up alongside some of its main rivals? Its biggest competitor is the Vauxhall Insignia Tourer, similar price, similar size and definitely touting for the same business. Start crunching the numbers though and in the end, the Mondeo, despite its age, still comes out on top.

The Ford may be more expensive than an Insignia and less well-equipped, but the Mondeo is more spacious, better to drive and its styling, while getting a little dated, still looks more upmarket than the Vauxhall.

When I first took delivery of the Mondeo, I struggled with the multimedia and sat nav system. It wasn't as intuitive to use as some of its rivals, and looked, well, a little dated. But over time I've got used to it, and short of a few small niggles, I've grown to appreciate it.

Finally, while out on a shoot with a couple of colleagues, they couldn't help mention that the distinctive white body and roof bars gave it something of a police car appearance. I guess that explains why I get funny looks from motorists who clearly slow down ahead of me on the motorway.

Author: Nigel Swan

The knowledge

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: 8.7s
Emissions: 119g/km
Mileage this month: 1,020
Costs this month: £0