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No rival can match the Ford for space or versatility inside. Its load bay is cavernous and the rear cabin palatial. The interior itself is sporting and futuristic, characterised by swept-back A-pillars and shallow angles. But once you open the heavy doors and settle into the equally spacious driving environment, you realise that, once again, Ford has overdone the glitz, while letting some things slip through the net, too. The speedo increments are hard to read, the seat doesnt go low enough, stowage isnt well organised on the centre console and overall it doesnt quite give off the impression of quality a VW Passat does. We do like the screen mounted between the dials though, easily controlled by steering wheel-mounted buttons. However, drivers wont like the economy during three tankfuls, we failed to top 40mpg in the 2.0 TDCi, while emissions place it in a higher company car tax band than its key rivals. The 2.0-litre petrol was even worse, averaging just 28.2mpg. Retained values are unimpressive for such a new car, too: under 38 per cent is a full 10 per cent down on Hondas excellent Accord. At least running costs are impressive, thanks to keen servicing prices from Fords vast UK dealer network.

 

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