We've got the 2.0TDCi 140 in the Kuga, it's a good engine and not at all slow, only runs low on pull when you want to push on well above 100.
Modern Ford chasis are a hoot to drive plus the servicing, tax and insurance are cheap too. In the unaerodynamic Kuga it gets 40mpg but I bet you'd get 50 in a Mondeo Estate. Purchase prices are low for what is really quite a lot of decent car. VERY big boots.
There are so many dealers that there are serious deals to be done on new ones (and plenty of S/H ones about). We played off dealers until we'd got a few grand off.
If you go for a Mondeo Titanium X (top trim leve) with 19" wheels it's going to get pricey (if buying new), but I'll be perfectly honest with you, we got a Zetec with 17"s (bottom rung of the Kuga ladder but a few rungs up on the Mondeo) and the spec level is pretty high. Only thing it doesn't have that we would have liked after the Spider LE is Cruise Control. And we only use that through average speed cameras so no biggie.
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Last edited by Commanderfish; 16-11-12 at 15:44.