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It looks to me like the condenser is terribly exposed to damage from stones etc

Comapre to the Mazda 3 where it's properly shielded:

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if concerned it shouldn't be much of a problem to install a mesh across the front of it. I had something similar on a vehicle many years ago and made up a mesh from metal gutter screening, shaped and fastened in place - it looked almost like it was factory installed.
 

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I was surprised too, seems unfinished. Here's how the USA license bracket sits, if the UK is in the same place your plate may give pretty good protection. (Mine has two clips that grab the vertical bars in front of the condenser and unfortunately requires two screws on top in the bumper).
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Somewhat off topic, but....I haven’t installed my front plate holder yet, but Im wondering if one could use a long tie wrap going through the holes where the screws are stored for shipping (as shown in your photo) going behind the same vertical bars that the clips catch on and then across the front of the holder, where it would be “sandwiched” by the license plate. No screw holes that way, my only concern is that the thin vertical bars should be the only thing supporting the holder and license plate.
 

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.... No screw holes that way, my only concern is that the thin vertical bars should be the only thing supporting the holder and license plate.
There's a more substantial support in the center behind the bars and you could add some 3m mounting tape to the equation. I hate the idea of putting holes in the bumper but they are always going to be covered by the plate anyway and don't want to worry about the car wash knocking it around.
 

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I was surprised too, seems unfinished. Here's how the USA license bracket sits, if the UK is in the same place your plate may give pretty good protection. (Mine has two clips that grab the vertical bars in front of the condenser and unfortunately requires two screws on top in the bumper).
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European license plates should provide more protection because they're wider than North American plates.
 
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