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.
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.
Good to drive and cheap to run - the Mondeo is a great purchase
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.
For a more in-depth look at various aspects of the Ford Mondeo, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the Mondeo, look at our deals page.