Looking back: 2001 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Ghia X estate

For your £20,395 you got 130 mph top speed, nought to sixty in under ten seconds and you could eke out 34 mpg from the car’s 2.0 litre four. And there was all that load space in the back.

2001 Ford Mondeo estate: carbaze.com
2001 Ford Mondeo estate: carbaze.com

Unlike Renault who wanted to style their station wagon Laguna as some manner of sports estate or lifestyle tourer, Ford stuck to a straight sales proposition. The Mondeo wagon was a Mondeo saloon with a lot more space. It had an upright tailgate and fairly flat sides so it did what people might expect an estate car to do, namely carry things rather than advertise a lifestyle. The estate was 7 centimetres longer and a bit taller. Shame the seats didn’t fold flat though. The total volume was 1700 litres with the seats down or 830 with them up. Consider a typical saloon holds about 450-480 litres and that minimum volume is indeed impressive.

2001 Ford Mondeo: conceptcarz.com Note the gentle taper of the sideglass.
2001 Ford Mondeo: conceptcarz.com
Note the gentle taper of the sideglass.

The rest of the Ford Mondeo proposition was retained: good steering and decent handling. To stop this turning into another episode of Gorfe’s Granadas, it must be said some people didn’t go for the styling which was felt at the time to be a bit VW though in hindsight I can’t really see where they got that idea from. The interior was inspired to some extent by the VW Passat though not in terms of gross form. Neat and serious sums it up.

Car magazine felt the estate lacked the “clever design and sturdiness” of a Volvo or an Audi but concluded the car was class act. The Ghia X cost £5000 more than the base models though it was still value for money. “An honest package,” they wrote and in a sense, to judge by the numbers of Lagunae that Renault didn’t sell, Ford chose wisely to stick with a simple proposal: lots of space at a good price.

You can see a very much younger Richard Hammond describe the saloon here.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

7 thoughts on “Looking back: 2001 Ford Mondeo 2.0 Ghia X estate”

  1. Having owned my Type R for a few years now and finding myself temporarily bereft of cash, I have contemplating either selling privately and buying something cheaper, or trying to organise a swap plus a small amount of dosh. One of the cars that has swam across my radar a few times is the Mondeo ST. There are always a few nice examples of either the petrol V6 or the big diesel knocking about on the Trader for peanuts; true, they’re a bit big and have a few miles on the clock, but then again so am I and I found someone to love me. I remember being a touch dismissive of the Mondeo’s styling at the time, but considering all that followed, in saloon (rare in the UK) or estate guise and in ST trim, the car is an exercise in restraint. If only it didn’t have that awful carriage clock in the dashboard…

  2. When this Mondeo came out, I foubd it to be a bit on the … sober side (just to avoid that b-word). But with its clear shapes and nicely formed edges, it was a relief after its flabby predecessor.

    I remember driving one of these estates around Paris as a rental car. Nice handling, enough room for the heavy hardware I carried around, good handling. I don’t know what engine it had, but I’d wished a bit more power for quick manoeuvres on the Périph.

    And, doesn’t it have a rounded version of that CX line on the front wing, too?

  3. Chris: is the clock that bad? I didn’t notice it as anything problematic. A neighbour has a V6 with cream leather and black trim and its very Lancia 1965 in mood. And this version is not stupidly big like the successors.

    1. It perhaps does not help that it draws attention to itself by virtue of being an analogue clock rather than a digital read out. The oval shape and lack of numbers makes it incredibly hard to read on the move.

    2. Richard and I have differed on Ghia-isation before. When I bought a Mark 1 V6 Mondeo Estate many years ago, I went to some trouble to search out a short-lived S model, rather than the more common Ghia version. Really, I find the Ghia touches, from the badge down, a bit pretentious. That clock doesn’t sound well to me.

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