Ford Mondeo Review

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.

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What's good

  • Strong engines
  • Excellent refinement
  • Spacious, upmarket cabin

What's not so good

  • Too many safety features are options
  • Less exciting to drive than before
  • Steering a touch too light
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Overall verdict

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

Mat Watson
carwow expert

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.

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How practical is it?

The Ford Mondeo is a proper Jack of all Trades, with lots of room inside, as well as a good-sized boot accessed through a hatchback. However, the saloon version isn’t as easy in everyday use

The Mondeo is a very practical car, and whether you're carting around kids or carpet samples, it'll do the job

Mat Watson
carwow expert
Boot (seats up)
541 - 654 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,437 - 1,605 litres

The Ford Mondeo‘s wheelbase (the length between the front and rear wheels) is the same as the previous-generation car, so cabin space hasn’t changed a noticeable amount. That’s no bad thing though because cabin space has always been pretty generous in the Ford 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.

Being the company car of choice for many drivers in the past, it’s no surprise that storage areas are pretty good in the Ford Mondeo. There are plenty of places for smaller stuff and there a handy tray behind the gear stick. There are two cup holders in the front and the door pockets in the back can carry a 500ml bottle.

The Ford Mondeo‘s 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 Ford Mondeo Estate. 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.

What's it like to drive?

Traditionally, the Ford Mondeo has been the sharpest-handling car in the class. However, Ford took a slightly different approach this time around, focusing on comfort and refinement instead

The 2.0-litre diesel pulls strong and suits the Mondeo well

Mat Watson
carwow expert

You’ll be rather spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an engine for the Ford Mondeo. Three diesels, three petrols 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 automatic-equipped Ford Mondeo 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 automatic – it adds a fair amount 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 PowerShift twin-clutch auto. Unfortunately, it’s not an option on basic models.

The cheapest Ford Mondeo comes equipped with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. A small engine in a large car tends to have a detrimental effect on performance and that’s apparent in this particular Mondeo, which strolls from 0-62mph in 12 seconds. In return, though, it’s capable of 55mpg fuel economy and emits just 119g/km of CO2. Both are impressive for a large petrol-powered family car.

The slightly more powerful 1.5-litre engine is the one to go for, combining reasonable performance (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.

The hybrid technology used in the Ford Mondeo feels outdated and the CVT automatic 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.

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 very low CO2 emissions.

If you are looking for a quick Ford Mondeo then the twin-turbocharged top-of-the-range 210hp diesel is the model to go for. It can get from 0-62mph in a speedy 8.1 seconds, its huge wave of torque makes overtaking a breeze and it’s very refined. Despite this, it returns fuel economy of 54.3mpg. By comparison, the fast petrol model (the 2.0-litre EcoBoost) returns fuel economy of less than 40mpg and is just a tenth of a second quicker to reach 62mph.

The Ford Mondeo is pretty comfortable to drive – even over poorly maintained roads – and there’s less road noise than you’ll hear in a few more expensive German alternatives.

The handling isn’t lacklustre by any stretch – for its size, the Mondeo still feels agile and grips well – but it feels slightly more disconnected than its surprisingly sporty predecessor.

The Ford Mondeo earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP when it was crash-tested back in 2014. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that these tests have been made significantly stricter since then.

What's it like inside?

The Ford Mondeo’s cabin feels pretty well screwed together, but it doesn’t have the same wow-factor as many more expensive alternatives

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