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But the shiny wood used to set off the Ghia models somehow did not seem to fit.
Available only in Ghia trim level, the car comes packed with standard features (as you'd expect from a top-of -the-range model).
With flashy alloys, leather-trimmed heated seats, a Sony six-disc CD player and automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers the Mondeo Ghia has all the luxurious touches one would expect from a class-leading saloon.
Storage space in the 2.5 Ghia Estate V6 is endless and added to this is an array of storage pockets scattered throughout the vehicle.
There is some of Ford's famous fake wood and pleasant Jag-look beige trim in the Ghia X cockpit, although no one will complain about the tough leather-look material which now adorns the dishy dash.
Seeing some value in the name, Ford decided make the Ghia name its top trim level.
The Titanium and Titanium X offer what Ford calls a "sophisticated techo alternative" to the traditional luxury of Ghia and Ghia X.
And like the other top of the range Fords, the flagship Ghia really does impress.
Free finance, with a 35pc deposit, or pounds 500 deposit allowance, applies to most models including the ST170 and the special edition Focus Ink, plus 15,000 Nectar Points on the Focus Ghia. A price cut of pounds 1,000 gives the Mondeo Graphite special edition a new entry price of pounds 12,995 and pounds 13,995 for the TDCi.
Service intervals are every 12,500 miles or 12 months and the car, priced from pounds 17.495, will hold its value considerably better than estate versions of the VW Passat Sport, Volvo V40SE and Ford Mondeo GHIA X.
I tested a pounds 23,345 Mondeo Ghia X 2.0 TDCi fitted with optional highperformance lights, navigation system, parking aid, powered sunroof and metallic paint which comes into insurance group 10E and emits 156g/km of C0 2.Punching out 330Nm at 1,800rpm it has remarkable acceleration for a diesel and a very respectable performance against a petrol engine, under 10 seconds to 60mph and on to a maximum 125mph.
From a dealer, expect to pay around pounds 6,750 for a 1995 N-reg 1.25 LX three-door, rising to pounds 7,750 for a five-door Ghia.
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