With the third generation of the Mondeo, Ford really went for outright class leadership. Whereas the mk2 Mondeo was the sharpest handling car in its class, the mk3 feels more substantial but with similarly willing steering feel and sumptuous ride quality that simply soaks up any road surface imperfections - perfect for our 'characterful' Irish roads. The styling is tawt, sharp and to the point while inside the low-profile dash layout is ergonomically excellent. Soft-touch plastics are abundant and the seats are extremely supportive, great comfort in a car renowned for its mile-munching capability. Spec levels are high with even the basic Edge model coming with ABS, air con, an MP3 compatible stereo and front heated windscreen. While Ford may have gone large with the design of the car, thankfully this was not reflected in the price and the mk3 Mondeo is as good value for money now as it was when it first appeared on Irish showrooms.