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    Ford Mondeo Vignale - ABC Leasing

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      By Jonathan Crouch


      Ten Second Review word count: 32

      The upmarket Vignale offers a very different spin on the Ford Mondeo ownership experience. A more personal service and some mouthwatering trim and equipment choices make this a bit of a treat.


      Background word count: 198

      It's time to sit down, settle back and hit the 'way back when' button. We'll rewind back to a time when the Carrozzeria Ghia SpA was one of the real heavy hitters of the Italian styling business. That was back in the Fifties, with the company working with VW on the Karmann Ghia and Volvo on the lovely P1800. By the mid-Sixties, Ghia was in trouble and was at one point owned by De Tomaso, eventually ending up being snapped up by Ford. Seeing some value in the name, Ford decided to make the Ghia name its top trim level. Soon we started to see all sorts of sorry Orions and Escorts bearing this once proud name. Giacinto Ghia must have been rolling in his grave. Well, Ford's at it again. For Ghia, swap in Vignale. This is another Italian coachbuilder who fell on hard times, the company once owned by De Tomaso. Ford bought the name in 2013 and will hopefully treat it with more respect than it gave to Ghia. The first vehicle that gets the Vignale treatment certainly looks the goods. The Vignale Mondeo offers a buyer experience you probably never reckoned on from Ford.


      Driving Experience word count: 164

      This top Ford is sold with the top engines from the Blue Oval brand's stable, which means you get to choose between the 190PS version of Ford's EcoBlue TDCi diesel unit or the brand's 187PS petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. Go for the diesel unit and you get Ford's latest 8-speed automatic transmission. There's been a huge effort devoted to increasing refinement in the Vignale models. Ford's innovative Active Noise Cancellation system enhances interior refinement. Using three cabin microphones, the system is able to monitor engine noise in the interior. Advanced audio technology directs opposing sound waves through the audio system to cancel out engine noise and improve cabin ambience. Acoustic glass helps reduce wind noise to levels normally experienced only in the premium segment. Ford's integral link rear suspension claims to offer a smoother ride, in particular for rear seat passengers. The engineers also reckon that this set-up reduces noise levels by allowing the wheels to move further rearwards on impact with uneven road surfaces.


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      Category: Compact Car

      Performance
      70%
      Handling
      70%
      Comfort
      70%
      Space
      90%
      Styling
      80%
      Build
      70%
      Value
      80%
      Equipment
      90%
      Economy
      90%
      Depreciation
      60%
      Insurance
      70%
      Total
      76%
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