My 130 BHP LX TDCi is all I need.
Brill MPG on the motorway (which is where we spend out time together) good fun on Scottish A roads, cheap to service, reliable etc etc.
Mine has 125,000 on the clock (54 plate) never missed a beat. Still on original clutch and dual mass flywheel and rear sub-frame bushes, all Mondeo weak points.
DMF's go anything from 40k to 80k generally in cars thrashed through gears / taxi's etc as do clutches due to the high first gear probably.
My mate had a petrol one with 18" alloys maybe 17" on his Zetec-S but it was not a comfortable car to be in because of the wheels.
If you want to spend its life on A roads flinging it about get a Zetec Zetec S (rare) or ST. For a more comfortable but still excellent handling, get an LX. It has enough toys to keep most happy.
130BHP is the one to get. avoid the 115. after 54plate gets a nicer center console and the stereo the mondeo should have had instead of one out a transit.
I average 56mpg generally but I do drive slow, mainly because its my car I'd be wrecking and I HATE giving my money to Gordon Brown in the form of fuel duty and speeding fines.