£20,895 - £30,845 Price range
38 - 78 MPG
The Ford Mondeo is a medium-size hatchback, that offers improved interior quality and efficiency over the model it replaces. The Volkswagen Passat and Mazda 6 are its closest rivals, but many buyers also consider more expensive models such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.
Prices start from £20,895 and if you buy your new Mondeo using carwow you can save £2,760 on average.
In terms of space, the new Mondeo has plenty of room for four adults and a boot big enough to swallow a week’s worth of luggage.
The new Mondeo focuses on comfort rather than driving thrills and many reviewers say it has a better ride than some premium German rivals. The trade off is that it’s no longer the best car to drive in class. That crown has been passed to the excellent Mazda 6.
The 1.5-litre petrols and diesel variants are the most recommended as they perfectly blend performance with low running costs. Choose the diesel if you frequently cover long distances. If you want more pace, the twin-turbocharged diesel is the model to go for – offering much of the pace of the 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, while being a lot cheaper to run. There is also a hybrid version, but the smallest diesel has lower running costs and is better to drive.
There are three trim levels – Style, Zetec and Titanium. The basic model has all the equipment you need with climate control and a touch-screen infotainment system being highlights.
Cheapest to buy: 1.0-litre Zetec petrol
Cheapest to run: 1.5-litre Style diesel
Fastest model: 2.0-litre Titanium petrol
Most popular: 2.0-litre Titanium diesel
Testers have plenty of positive things to say about the Mondeo’s interior. Material quality was the biggest problem of the old model and Ford has improved it quite a bit. A large central touchscreen takes care of most of the infotainment controls but big, simple buttons for the ventilation system remain. The overall design is far neater and more pleasing on the eye than in the model it replaces.
Its not without fault, though – the touchscreen infotainment system can take a little getting used to thanks to its small icons that can make some tasks a little fiddly. Programming a destination in the sat-nav is way more complicated than it should be if you’re eager to crack on with a long journey ahead of you.
Ford Mondeo passenger space
The wheelbase is the same as the previous-generation car, so cabin space hasn’t changed a noticeable amount. That’s no bad thing though, because it’s always been a strong point of the Mondeo. From a practical point of view, the driving position is excellent and there is plenty of adjustment for both the seat and the steering wheel.
Ford Mondeo boot space
A 541-litre boot is certainly not to be sniffed at either. The opening is wide and low, allowing for larger items to be loaded relatively easily – and if it’s not big enough there’s always the estate. It offers a more practical load bay, although its 500-litre capacity is smaller on paper. A less popular option here in the UK is the saloon model, which has an identical capacity to the hatchback, but a less practical load bay owing to its small opening and tall boot lip.
Traditionally, the Mondeo has been the sharpest-handling car in the class. However, Ford engineers took a slightly different approach this time around, focusing on comfort and refinement instead.
The ride quality is silky smooth, there’s less road noise and suspension thump is better contained than in many more premium German rivals – one tester goes as far as to say that it “embarrasses” the pricy Audi A4.
The handling isn’t lacklustre by any stretch – for its size the Mondeo still feels agile and grips well – it is just that, as one tester puts it, it feels slightly more “aloof” than before.
Some of this can be attributed to the car’s electric power steering. It replaces the hydraulic power system of the old Mondeo and remains as accurate as ever, but the efficiency improvements come at the expense of a little steering feel and weight.
Buyers are rather spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an engine for the Mondeo. Three diesels, three petrols and and a hybrid are on offer, and there isn’t really a bad choice among them – all pull smoothly, perform adequately and rarely feel harsh or noisy.
Aside from the CVT-equipped Hybrid, buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission with the same number of gears. While both feel more than up to the task, consider carefully whether you need an auto: it adds £1,485 to the asking price and blunts both straight-line speed and fuel efficiency. The manual, meanwhile, has a slick, well-engineered shift action. Offering the best of both worlds is Ford’s PowerShit twin-clutch auto, but it’s not an option on basic models.
Ford Mondeo petrol engines
The cheapest Mondeo comes equipped with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder unit. A small engine in a large car tends to have a detrimental affect on performance and that’s apparent in the Mondeo, which strolls from 0-62mph in 12 seconds. In return though, its capable of 55mpg fuel economy and emits just 119g/km of CO2 for a £30 yearly road tax bill. Both are impressive for a large petrol-powered family car.
The slightly more powerful 1.5-litre engine is the critic’s favourite combining reasonable go (0-62mph takes 9.2 seconds) with decent fuel economy of 46mpg combined.
The larger 2.0-litre with 240hp is thirsty and not much faster than the more economical top-of-the-range diesel, making it hard to recommend.
Ford Mondeo diesel engine
Although the 2.0-litre diesel is powerful it never feels fast. We would advise going for the super-efficient 1.5-litre instead. Its fuel economy of 70.6mpg means fewer visits to the pumps and the CO2 emissions it produces are so low that road tax is free.
If you are looking for a quick Mondeo then the twin-turbocharged top-of-the-range diesel is the model to go for. With 210hp it can get from 0-62mph in a speedy 8.1 seconds, its huge wave of torque makes overtaking a breeze and its very refined. Despite this, it retunrs fuel economy of 54.3mpg and costs £140 to tax. By comparison the fast petrol model (the 2.0-litre EcoBoost) returns fuel economy of less than 40mpg, costs £225 to tax every year and is just a tenth of a second quicker to 62mph.
Ford Mondeo hybrid
The hybrid technology used in the Mondeo feels outdated and the CVT gearbox makes the car very noisy, while the added weight of the batteries, coupled with its low-grip eco tyres make it the least rewarding model to drive .
The previous-generation Mondeo fared well in Euro NCAP’s crash tests, and the new model’s stronger body shell and new safety features helped it to a five-star rating when it was tested under 2014’s tougher conditions.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, a seatbelt reminder system, two Isofix child-seat mounts, stability control and seatbelt pre-tensioners for the two front passengers. Choosing the range-topping model adds a system that can steer the car in lane autonomously, but automatic emergency braking remains on the options list.
Whichever trim level of the Mondeo you choose, you’re unlikely to feel short-changed.
Ford Mondeo Style
Even basic Style trim is equipped with an eight-inch touch screen, LED tail lights, climate control an alarm and cruise control, while the model’s 16-inch alloy wheels smarten up its looks.
Ford Mondeo Zetec
Although the Zetec model gets the same 16-inch alloy wheels as you get in Style trim, chrome surrounds for the windows give it a slightly more premium look. Added equipment over the basic model includes power-folding wing mirrors, electric rear windows and front fog lights. Likely to be the most useful option, however, is the car’s Quickclear windscreen that can clear fog in seconds.
FORD Mondeo ST-LINE
This is the sportiest trim for the Mondeo and comes as standard with large 18-inch wheels, sport suspension, different bumpers and a spoiler to mark it out from lesser models.
Ford Mondeo Titanium
Titanium is the top-of-the-range trim level and proves a popular choice with buyers. It adds 17-inch alloy wheels that do a better job of filling the car’s wheelarches, while additional equipment includes sat-nav, sports seats, auto lights and wipers, and ambient interior lighting. It also gets a raft of additional safety features including traffic sign recognition and lane-keep assist functions.
There are no two ways about it: the Mondeo is a hugely capable and versatile car. It’s refined driving experience shames many more expensive machines, while still managing to deliver above-average driving thrills.
Factor in the huge jump in quality compared to the last Mondeo and it’s very hard to argue that Ford hasn’t produced a genuine rival to the Passat, and maybe even – dare we say it – offerings from BMW and Audi.
If you’re able to live with the badge, and can accept that it isn’t quite as fun to drive as it once was, then the Mondeo should be considered one of the best all-rounders on sale today.