New Ford Mondeo again into the battle for customers. We decided to compare it with the best-selling segment – Toyota Camry. Especially as “Japanese” was recently held “a course of rejuvenation” in the form of planned restyling
Ironically, Ford Mondeo positions in the class «D», although its size, this model has long been moved to the E segment. Why did it happen? Why belittle yourself so? Quite simply, in a class “E” is the undisputed leader of the Toyota Camry, but because “American” it did not shine. But in the D-segment, he at one time was even the leader of a much smaller volume of sales than the Toyota Camry. However, the reality is that buyers often choose just one of the two cars.
The current Ford Mondeo debuted in the fall of 2012, on the eve of the Paris Motor Show. We have already traveled on the European version of the car, and he liked us then.
Today features two versions of Ford Mondeo. One is equipped with the old 2.5-liter 149-horsepower gasoline engine. The second is equipped with 2-liter turbo engine, developing 199 hp. And in August of this year, the sale will be a third option of a sedan, which under the hood is the same turbocharged 2-liter unit, but boosted to 240 hp. All versions are equipped with 6-band automatic transmission.
Restyling Toyota Camry debuted in the late summer of 2014 at the Moscow Motor Show. The car got a new redesigned front part of the body, making him look more aggressively. In addition, the suspension is retuned sedan toward improving comfort, as buyers complained about the excessive rigidity. Other changes worth noting the new steering wheel and instruments with blue backlight, as well as advanced control units “climate” and a multimedia system.
According to the technical part of “Japanese” has acquired an improved noise insulation, 6-band “automatic” for all modifications and the new 2-liter engine, which develops 150 hp. The rest of power units (2.5 and 3.5) is slightly modernized. The first develops 181 hp. The most powerful 249-hp version.
For a test drive we took a modification Toyota Camry with a new 150-strong unit, despite the fact that we got a Ford Mondeo in the more powerful – 199-strong version. For the price, by the way, 2-liter Toyota Camry is closer in time for this option Ford Mondeo, than its initial version. Let us help you more horsepower Ford to cope with the favorite class.
Interior of the new Ford Mondeo looks modern and high quality. Front panel and door sills are decorated with soft, pliable plastic, pleasing to look at and touch. However, the gaps between the cabin panels sometimes seem too big. Ergonomics in general is not bad, but the menu board computer would be easier, and the touch screen is difficult to use on the move. In addition, the screen responds to touch with a noticeable delay.
Interior Toyota after Ford seems a little old-fashioned. New devices appear more expensive than dorestaylingovoy version, but their bright blue light hurts your eyes at night. Menu computer logical, although the screen is too small and the graphics are not the best at it. The upper part of the front panel and door sills are also decorated with soft plastic, but do not look as expensive as in the Ford Mondeo. But the build quality interior Toyota Camry higher than a competitor.
Landing at the wheel geometrically calibrated both rivals, with the driver behind the wheel of Toyota is slightly higher than Ford. The front seats of the Japanese sedan designed for large-riders, they are comfortable in a form that’s only skin skolzkovata. But the more we liked the front seats in the Ford Mondeo. Apparently, a reason they use ultra-thin wire with shape memory – they really follow the contours of the body. In such do not get tired even after hours of travel. And lateral support them more palpable in the background Japanese rival. In addition, the front passenger’s seat Ford Mondeo has height adjustment, while it is absent at Toyota Camry.
But on the second row, Toyota puts rival on the shoulder. If a person is 180 cm tall adjusts itself under the front seat and then change back into Japanese sedan before knee remains a clearance of about 20 cm, while in the American car distance is three times smaller. And head over to the Toyota Camry space more – about 10 cm to 8 cm in Ford sedan. Sami seats in Toyota is also convenient – sofa cushion Ford distressed short. But the Japanese model, you can choose a complete set, electrically adjustable rear seat backrest and control “climate” and music from the rear center armrest. Plus Camry in large compartments for small things – in the door panels she already three of the bottle! But in the Ford Mondeo feel more secure because of its built-in seat airbags.
Luggage from our rivals on the passport are almost identical. However, in practice, Ford wins due to better living space. And, if you add up the back of the sofa back, it will be an overwhelming advantage, because Toyota gives a very narrow hole because the seat installed behind the front bulkhead, which increases rigidity. However, under the floor at Toyota is a full spare wheel, while Ford is equipped as standard dokatka only, and only for a fee it will put a normal spare wheel. And in the trunk Ford Mondeo has an internal “opener”, painted phosphorescent paint on the case, if there is someone … himself slam. Touching care.
According to the dynamics of acceleration more powerful Ford Mondeo, of course, faster than the opponent. But in the management of all the speed dial is not unique. The fact that Ford has a turbocharged engine, though a small but significant turbopause why often delayed response by pressing the accelerator pedal. At a speed of “machine” runs quickly and adequately, but when driving a car in traffic twitches like a robotic mission here. Strange. Perhaps it is the lack of a specific test specimen.
Aspirated engine Toyota turbopause has not, why Acceleration Control is better predicted. And no jerks in traffic as opposed to Ford not observed. However, the accelerator pedal is damped and “automatic” is not so rastoropen as the opponent. In “Sport” mode, reaction to the fuel supply are exacerbated, but talk about this sport is still not necessary. In general, the engine power is sufficient, although on country roads when overtaking it is necessary to “twist” to almost maximum speed, and the sound of the motor at the top, unlike the opponent, not a melodious name.
In terms of the dynamics of the brake control from the point of view of the driver wins Ford Mondeo – through better information content and faster reactions. On the other hand, “soft” setting Toyota Camry brakes have liked more passengers.
When driving in a straight opponents the same stable: Both firmly on course, not reacting to rutting and other irregularities. But the wheel of Toyota’s near-zero area pustovat why even at a shallow arc of the driver does not feel too confident. Especially noticeable difference on the background of Ford, which is filled with palpable wheel weight and allows you to accurately select the path.
But on the winding road, these vehicles play in different leagues. Tighter suspension settings and sharp steering (2.65 turns from lock to lock) provoke the driver to attack Ford turns a squeal of rubber. The car seemed to inject into the blood answered by a serious dose of adrenaline, why go quietly become impossible. This drayvers car! Toyota also – very calm. Its easy wheel, commits from lock to lock 3.2 turns, gives the sedan smooth, measured reactions. To match them, and pretty soft landing gear. As a result, the driver of the Japanese car feels like valerian drunk – no hassle! But just on the same track it by controlling the Ford Mondeo, he bruised his fingers turned white in the wheel and took turns at the limit of tire grip. Now it goes slowly, impressively throwing back seat and one hand casually holding the steering wheel.
During restyling Toyota Camry received a softer suspension settings. But honestly, if it can be seen, only shifting her from a previous version to the new car. Thus, the “speed bumps” sedan, as before, great rides, while the sharp-edged bumps transmitted body jerks. In short, all about the same as before. In general, a high driving comfort, particularly at high speeds. And when the speedometer overcomes a mark of 100 km / h, the machine starts to take bumps and potholes almost invisibly to the riders, not annoying and buildup on the waves.
Suspension Ford firmer. Even ready to call it a jumpy: new Ford Mondeo looks like a tennis ball, elastic jumping on the bumps. When driving through the city a whole range of irregularities, he goes a little stiffer than the Toyota Camry, but by and large the difference is small. But at high speeds Toyota noticeably smoother because Ford is much more detailed profile of the road surface tracks.
In soundproofing Japanese sedan also became a leader – it is almost unheard of any tire or wind, even at high speed. However, Ford and non-irritating noises, except that the rubber had been buzzing stronger. But it is quite possible that the blame for this is the tire, not the car insulation, and if our competitors shod with the same “rubber”, the situation may change.
Winner in this test to identify difficult. Because it turns out that these competitors are not competitors … and all – cars are completely different! Ford Mondeo in managing interesting than Toyota, but this is true only for those who like a dynamic drive. If the driver prefers to gamble reliability of control and comfort for him, on the contrary, preferred to ride a Toyota Camry. And especially the leadership of the Japanese sedan, judging from the standpoint of the rear passengers. So, as they say, everyone – his own.