What is it
Ford is juggling the engine line-up in the facelifted Mondeo and we’re testing the most powerful of the 2.0-litre Duratorq diesels, producing 161bhp.
For six months, since the demise of the late, lamented 173bhp 2.2-litre diesel, it was the beefiest oil-burner you could get in a Mondeo. Now that position has been ceded to a new super-diesel, the 197bhp 2.2-litre Duratorq.
In practice for the bulk of buyers, however, the 2.0 TDCi is still the most desirable diesel because it’s available with a fuller range of trim levels, from mid-spec £20k Zetec up to bells-and-whistles £26k Titanium X Sport. For the time being, the 2.2 is limited to Titanium X Sport, where it carries a hefty £3k premium over the 2.0-litre unit.
What's it like?
We’ve already tested the 161bhp Duratorq, having driven it with a dual-clutch Powershift transmission. Now we’ve got it with a six-speed manual ’box, which offers slightly better economy and 10g/km lower CO2 emissions over the Powershift.
It’s more of the same, really. It pulls cleanly and is strongest in the mid-range, pulling into traffic or loping effortlessly along a dual carriageway. The manual ’box adds that extra edge of control and ensures the diesel is always pulling the right gear.