M THE FORD Mondeo has always been a satisfying steer, but itís also been largely ignored by Aussie buyers, thumped by the likes of the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry. Thankfully, the former remains true, with this top-spec Titanium possessing a lovely ride, sweet steering and enjoyable handling for what is essentially a sensible mid-size hatch. The 2.0-litre Ecoboost four is punchy, though it occasionally struggles both with traction and shifting the Mondeoís 1690kg bulk.

Looks good, too, even three years after the carís US launch.

As ever, then, the Mondeo is the enthusiastsí choice in this sector, but are there any enthusiasts in this sector? -SN

MSPECS 2.0L INLINE-FOUR, 177KW/345NM, 8.2L/100KM PRICE $44,290