The British see the Ford Mondeo as something of a working-class sedan hero. It was a revelation in 2000 when the second generation launched, being frugal, fun and practical. The next model after that shared its qualities in a more grown up fashion, but now it’s lost its crown to the Mazda6.

The Japanese sedan is also frugal, fun and practical, plus it adds a dose of extra style that the Mondeo never really had into the mix.

The Fifth Gear team tried it out, and they were really impressed with the way it performed. They even had an (old-gen) Mondeo on hand and it took part in an efficiency comparo with the Mazda.

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