AUSTRALIANS are finally coming around to the Ford Mondeo.
The mid-sizer - available as a five-door sportback sedan or wagon - has lived in the shadow of its larger Falcon cousin since its arrival.
It's no easy task helping oversee the downfall of an Aussie icon, but perhaps Falcon traditionalists not swept up in the tidal wave of SUV shopping can now appreciate the Mondeo for what it is: a solid family car choice.
The 2017 version has been given range-wide revised equipment levels, meaning new alloys wheels, Ford's excellent SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system as standard and a new "Metalicious" warm silver colour with "a high degree of colour flip".
Range-topping Mondeo Titaniums now get 19-inch rather than 18-inch wheels; mid spec Trends get 18s instead of 17s and entry-level Ambiente shoppers gets 17s instead of 16s.
The smart SYNC 3 system has voice recognition technology that "understands Australian accents," new 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone-esque "pinch and swipe" capability, sat nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol or 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic gearboxes (the diesel's being a DCT), the Mondeos cut it as safe family offerings too with five-star ANCAP ratings and the likes of inflatable rear-seatbelt airbags as standard.
Ford sold 3122 Mondeos in 2016, an increase of 43% over 2015. This year so far Mondeo is outselling rivals Volkswagen Passat and Subaru Liberty, and is third in the sub-$60,000 mid-size car segment.
It remains just behind the Mazda6 in sales, but all are well behind runaway segment champ the four-cylinder Toyota Camry which secures nearly half of all segment sales thanks to it being a fleet favourite.
The revised Mondeo's prices are up $500 for the Trend (from $37,790) and Titanium models (from $44,790), but Ambientes remain from $33,190, all before on-road costs.
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