My first car was a Ford Zephyr MK2 followed by a Cortina MK2. Also had a Ford Anglia and Ford Corsair the latter was just a more luxurious version of the Cortina except that it had column shift plus a couple of American Fords with V8 engines. We leased a Mondeo in 2010 that had an automatic box. The automatic box or Powershift is without doubt the worst automatic box I had ever encountered. Eventually Ford took back the car and gave us a full refund less about one instalment. No more Fords since. Otherwise the Mondeo had all the toys you needed to make life comfortable although seats were not that great for comfort on a long trip.
Yes a sad fact . my last three cars were mondeos .i loved the last one a 2.2 TDCI it had a slot for 6 cds which I loved . the one before was a Ghia estate built in sat nav. and the one before just basic . All brilliant tow cars. I have changed to a Kuga automatic . It is no where near as nice as my mondeo . The boot is small I’m not happy with it at all . I just keep comparing it . But it does tow very well. I just have to get used to it I suppose unles can find a 3 year old top of the range one . The only one I saw last year was over 20K and bright red I couldn’t afford that and couldn’t have lived with the colour .