Right then my beauties ...
Just returned back from my 2nd Mondeo Titanium X Sport test drive - and let me start by saying that it is not an old mans car - it's a VERY nice car. The sport certainly looks the part. It is a big car, but big with presence, not bulky. It handles great - gear changing is smooth, road/wind noise is no greater than a Beemer. The interior is high quality, no dodgy plastics. The seating position is nice & comfy. I got out and took a walk around the car again - its VERY nice, and I was almost sold ... almost. Then I started asking questions about servicing, tyres, brakes etc. The servicing interval on this beast is every 12 months or 12k miles, which is alot shorter than the Beemer. The car, having only done 5k miles was on showing only 3mm of tyre tread, so they will need replaciing. The service guy said that they replace these frequently due to the soft compounds & heavy nose weight. So that's essentially a set of tyres per year @ Â£175 per tyre (not short of BMW money), but my experience is that BMW tyres last longer. Then the MPG. I clocked this at 32mpg on a combined cycle. So I'll give this the benefit of the doubt and call this 35-40 for good measure on longer runs. Far below the Ford spec, but then aren;t all cars!
So after various calculations, over 3 years, the BMW wins on cold hard cash - even taking into consideration depreciation. So, BMW it is, but only because of ongoing running costs, otherwise I'd have gone with the Mondeo. With all things taken into consideration, I worked out that the BMW costs 49p/mile and the Mondeo at 54p/mile
As I said - the Titanium X Sport is a VERY nice car, but has just been pipped at the post.