Ford UK has reshuffled its Mondeo line-up, reducing from seven to five the number of trim grades on offer, with the Zetec Edition now becoming the entry-level model. Thereafter, Mondeo buyers have the choice of the sports-focused ST-Line and the new ST-Line Edition, or opt for more luxury on the new Titanium Edition model and range-topping Vignale.
Satellite navigation, autonomous braking, front and rear parking sensors are now standard across the Mondeo range, as is DAB, autonomous braking, front/rear parking sensors and cruise control with speed limiter.
More than 85 per cent of Ford Mondeos are driven by professionals as a company or lease car, meaning that they pay BIK ('benefit-in-kind') tax, based on its on the road price. To minimise tax liability, OTR prices have been slashed by £3,000 on the Vignale trim, £2,500 on Zetec and ST-Line Editions and £2,000 on Titanium Edition, translating to savings of up to £720 over three years (on ST-Line Edition 2.0 TDCi 150PS, for 40 per cent tax payer), plus £300 on the employer's fleet National Insurance costs.
These prices translate into keen lease rates for a higher specification car, thanks to improved residual values for the updated range according to CAP. Orders for the new Mondeo line-up open next month and first deliveries are expected from November – WG.