Ford is one of the biggest car brands in the UK, as well as the wider world, with its vehicles a popular choice among all kinds of drivers, from mums and dads wanting people carriers to those seeking a high-performance driving experience and are keen to put their foot on the gas.
Whatever kind of car you want – be it something small and compact or a slightly sportier model – you’ll be sure that Ford can deliver. So, what’s the best way to get your hands on a vehicle? While you may be tempted to head straight to your local dealership, I think it’s worth considering what Ford car auctions have to offer too. If you’re lucky enough to have placed the winning bid, you just may find that you’ve saved thousands of pounds compared to what you would’ve paid on the mainstream market.
Of course, it’s not all about price and whatever car you bid on you’re sure to want a reliable, high-performance model that will last for years to come. Here’s a guide to some of the Ford cars we think are worth looking at, but don’t just take our word for it, as these have won awards from prestigious industry bodies in recognition of their performance.
Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140PS Zetec
If you’re looking to bid on a stylish and sleek estate, it’s worth checking auction lists to see if any Ford Mondeos are going under the hammer. As one of the company’s most famous models (it first rolled off the production line in the early 1990s), it’s something likely to feature in many auction lists and although many variants have been manufactured, the Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140PS Zetec is a relatively new model you might want to consider.
Typically valued at around £20,000, the car has a powerful 1,997cc engine and can go from zero to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds. Other features include electric windows, cruise control, full chrome window surround and power steering, while it also has a score of five, the highest possible rating, on the Euro Ncap Occupant Protection barometer. It also took both the Best Family Car and Best Estate titles at the 2011 What Car? Awards, with leading motoring publication Auto Express noting its low running costs and “rewarding road manners”.
Focus 1.6 TDCi Style
If you want to ensure your driving habits don’t have too heavy an impact on the environment, its worth seeking out the Focus 1.6 TDCi Style, the winner of What Car?’s best used green model in 2010. As well as praising its green credentials, the publication’s group editor, Steve Fowler, indicates it is fuel efficent and a great choice for families.
After a reliable MPV? The S-MAX could be just what you’re after, in no small part because it’s been named the best car of its type in the Auto Express New Car Awards for three years running between 2008 and 2010. Top Gear is also a big fan of the Ford model, praising its practicality and responsive handling.
There’s a great choice of S-MAX models to choose, but I think the 2.2TDCi is a particularly good option. Not only does it have 197 brake horsepower, but is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds.
Whether you’ve bid on Ford cars at auctions in the past or are thinking of doing so for the first time, leave us a comment to say which of the firm’s models you like the most.