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Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi ECO Edge

The Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi ECO Edge is the most fuel efficient version of this capable workhorse.

By Stephen Turvil
Aug 09, 2011
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The Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi ECO Edge is the most fuel efficient version of this capable workhorse. As such, it averages 65.7mpg and manages a mighty 72.4mpg on the extra- urban cycle. Around town this large five-door hatchback returns 56.5mpg. These wallet- pleasing figures mean its carbon emissions are remarkably low, 114g/km to be precise. So, twelve months road tax only costs £30. In contrast, this diesel Mondeo costs £19,895.

The Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi ECO Edge's efficiency is due to ECOnetic technology. This is available on several vehicles throughout Ford's range and incorporates a series of innovations. Its purpose is to minimise fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and running costs. Features vary between models but include a Gear Shift Indicator that advises motorists when to switch gear for the optimal efficiency. The system takes account of the: road gradient, vehicle load, and driving style. Sounds more like witchcraft than science.

ECOnetic technology includes Ford's Auto-Start-Stop feature too. This switches-off the engine when it is idle, perhaps at red lights. It then automatically restarts as required. This complements the Smart Regenerative Braking feature that creates electricity, then uses it to recharge the vehicle's battery. Ford has even created an Active Grill Shutter that closes at speed to improve aerodynamic efficiency. This also helps the engine warm-up quicker.

Eco Mode monitors and evaluates the motorist's driving style, e.g. speed and gear selection. Over time the software creates a 'profile' and 'score'. This enables the driver to improve their motoring skills. It may suggest, for example, that travelling at more consistent motorway speeds would improve efficiency. It also evaluates their country driving, anticipation skills, and the percentage of cold-engine short trips. Back seat driver!

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By Stephen Turvil
Aug 09, 2011