Ford Mondeo is Used Car of the Year

A five-door, 2.0-litre diesel Mondeo is available to buy for as much as £10,000 less than the original £18,000 costs, according to judges at the Used Car of the Year Awards 2010.

Judges from the industry praised the Mondeo for its fun drive, high build quality and practicality at the awards.

Steve Fowler, What Car?’s editor-in-chief and Used Car of the Year judge, said: ‘It’s hard to find fault with the Ford Mondeo – especially at the price. It’s a comfortable cruiser for covering motorway miles, yet it’s still great fun to drive and makes an extremely capable family car.

The Mondeo was named as the winner of the Best Family Car category before going up against the winners of the other eight categories to take the overall title.

These included the Kia Cee’d 1.6-litre GS from 2008, which has an average price of just £6,000. The Cee’d won a highly competitive Small Family Car category based on its running costs, reliability, driveability and quality.

One of its main selling points however, was the Kia seven year warranty, which can be transferred if the car is sold on.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief said: "Whether you are buying privately or at a dealer you’ll have the remainder of Kia’s great seven year warranty for peace of mind."

While the Kia ended a several years of titles for the popular Ford Focus, Ford did boast a second winner in the Green Car category for the 2008 Ford Focus with a 1.6-litre diesel engine and CO2 emissions of just 118g/km.

Elsewhere, the Land Rover Discovery was named the best 4×4, costing just £20,500 for a 2007 version of the rugged off-roader.

But it was the Ford Mondeo, set to be replaced by a new generation, which took the top award as the Used Car of the Year 2010.