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.
Driving the Ford Mondeo is more comfortable than thrilling – indeed, it’s more relaxing to cruise around in than some more expensive German alternatives. The tradeoff is that it’s no longer the best car to drive in class – that crown has been passed to the excellent Mazda 6.
The Ford Mondeo’s diesel and 1.5-litre petrol variants are the most recommended because they perfectly blend performance with low running costs. Choose the diesel if you frequently cover long distances. If you want more pace, the twin-turbo 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 to choose from – 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 Ford Mondeo is a hugely capable and versatile car. It’s refined driving experience shames many more expensive machines.
The Ford Mondeo’s interior feels significantly more upmarket than the old model’s, too. As a result, it’s very hard to argue that Ford hasn’t produced a genuine rival to the VW Passat, and maybe even – dare we say it – offerings from BMW and Audi.
In terms of practicality, the Ford Mondeo has plenty of room for four adults and a boot big enough to swallow a week’s worth of luggage.
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 Ford 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 Ford Mondeo, look at our deals page.