Sunday 20 August 2017

Motoring latest: Drop in price of 'new' Mondeo

Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo
Ford C-Max

AS is the case with more and more ‘new’ cars these days, the prices are coming down.

Ford’s heavily revised Mondeo, which goes on sale here this month, drops from a €26,650 ex-works leadin price to €25,975.

That’s for the Style two-litre TDCi (115bhp).

All the Mondeo’s manual transmission versions also come in at 139g/km, which means their road tax is €156.

The line-up includes sixspeed, two-litre diesels ranging in power from 115bhp, 140bhp to 160bhp in three trim levels – Style, Zetec and Titanium. Standard equipment at the Style entry level includes 16-in alloys, electric/heated mirrors with integrated indicators; air con, front fogs, and Bluetooth voice-control system.

Zetec adds 17-in alloys, front and rear parking distance sensors; dual zone climate control, electric windows and cruise control.

Titanium adds 17-in, 15-spoke alloys; LED daytime running lights; sports style front seats; Alcantara / leather seats; automatic headlights and rain sensor wipers.

Prices range from €25,975 to €40,195 for the two-litre 160bhp automatic estate.

Ford pushes it to the C-Max

FORD also recently unveiled its new C-Max with a starting price of €23,995 ex-works. And for a while it will have Park Assist (worth about €750) as standard on Titanium versions. There is a fiveseater C-Max and a new seven-seater Grand C-Max.

There are two trim levels, ACTIV and Titanium, each with three diesel engine options.

The ACTIV 1.6TDCI manual (€104 road tax) costs €23,995 with the seven-seater (€156 road tax) from €26,995. Then there is the two-litre (140bhp) manual (€156) from €26,295 with the 7-seater (€156) from €26,295.

Standard equipment includes 16-in alloys, front fogs, rear privacy glass and heated windscreen. The Titanium adds 17-in alloys, Ford’s climate control system, electric rear windows; cruise control, child observation mirror and Hill Launch Assist.

Grand C-MAX also gets rear parking sensors and folding mirrors.

BMW’s fast little mover is electric

BMW will go ahead with a four-seater, plug-in hybrid sports car based on its Vision Efficient Dynamics concept study. A mere 1.24 metres high, the 2+2-seater has wing doors for easy access.

It will have a three-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor to drive the rear axle with another one to drive the front. Combined, this gives it an output of 328bhp. As a result, the performance figures are astounding – from zero to 100kmh in 4.8 seconds. Much the same sort of zip as a Porsche Carrera.

Average fuel consumption has been pegged to 3.76l/100kmh (75.1mpg) giving it a 99g/km rating. The lithium-polymer rechargeable battery can be fully charged at home in two and half hours.

A full battery will drive it 50km. The car is expected in three or four years.

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