The idea of mk3 steering feeling lighter made me smile.
Every time I get in mine now (a rare thing) the steering feels so heavy it feels like there is no power steering. The same applies to the brakes, and feels like there is no servo in operation
I also drive a much newer Kia Rio and the steering is so light on it I almost wrench the wheel of when turning, the brakes do not feel any better than the Mondeo but the 1.4 auto Kia is way nippier.
But I still choose to drive the Mondy everyday as its just a far nicer, more comfortable car for short or long distances.
Will be a sad day when I have to say goodbye to it in the hopefully far away future.