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Model
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Car #2
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Model
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2000. - 2003.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1999. - 2002.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4731 mm
1812 mm
1429 mm
500 liters
500 liters
59 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4590 mm
1710 mm
1430 mm
502 liters
502 liters
64 liters
2000 Ford Mondeo
1999 Mazda 626

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
130 hp
330 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1998 cc
110 hp
310 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1417 kg
9.9 s
200 km/h
8.0 l/100km
4.6 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
154 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1240 kg
11.0 s
191 km/h
7.4 l/100km
5.1 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1468 kg
11.3 s
200 km/h
10.3 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
198 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
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Expenses

750 EUR
Price from
1200 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Ford-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 130hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 110hp engine designed by Mazda.

Safety

The fact that the Ford got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the American car offers a considerable difference of 14% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Ford, as well as Mazda, with the same average rating of 4.5 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Mondeo as average reliability-wise, and 626 is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the American car rank it on average as 4.1, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.7 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Ford is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 200 kilometers per hour, 9km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Ford appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the American car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Ford being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Ford. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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