£29,000 - £34,000 Price range
37 - 67 MPG
The Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate is the most expensive version of the Mondeo Estate. It gets a premium interior and a dealer support network promising the kind of service expected from brands such as BMW and Mercedes.
The price hike of about £4,500 over a regular Mondeo moves the Vignale up to a class heavily contested by well-established German cars such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. The Skoda Superb and the VW Passat, in their most expensive trims, are no less luxurious than the Vignale, too.
The Vignale can be bought as a saloon or estate and neither is short on passenger space. Pick the estate for one of the biggest boots in class.
All the engine options are 2.0-litre and the diesels are the ones to go for – the lower-powered one will be the bestseller, while the twin-turbo 207hp version is decently quick.
As with the regular Mondeo, the focus has shifted from being fun-to-drive to comfortable, and in the Vignale Estate refinement has been taken to a new level for a Ford. Some reviewers compare it to a BMW 5 Series or an Audi A6 – cars one or two classes above the Vignale.
This, being the most expensive in the rage gets all the equipment that is optional on cheaper models. Things such as electrically adjustable heated leather seats, active park assist, LED headlights and a 12-speaker stereo stand out at a glance.
Want to see what colour choices are available? Read our Ford Mondeo Vignale colours guide and check out our dimensions guide for a better idea of how the Vignale Estate might fit into your life.
The regular Mondeo’s interior is not bad by any means – critics say it’s easy to navigate, the material quality is decent and all the buttons and switches feel nice. That’s all good for a reasonably priced car like the regular Mondeo, but pushing the Vignale Estate upmarket into Jaguar and Lexus territory warrants a full interior makeover – something that Ford hasn’t quite done.
Chrome surrounds for the main instruments, high-quality leather and metal trim are just about all that is changed in the Vignale Estate. You still get the cheap-feeling plastics in some places, the low-quality, wobbly air vents and an overall design that is more utilitarian than luxurious.
Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate passenger space
The Vignale Estate is fairly spacious and all four passengers plus the driver can stretch their legs and have plenty of headroom. Thanks to the flatter roof of the estate the middle rear seat gets more headroom than in the saloon.
Critics love the leather seats in the Vignale Estate. They are one of the main selling points of the car and are easily as comfortable as those in a Mercedes.
Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate boot space
The Vignale Estate is a big car and as a result has a very big boot. The boot is in fact a bit smaller in capacity with the seats up than in the Vignale saloon (500 litres versus 541), but the wide opening, low loading lip and flat floor when the rear seats are folded down mean it’s more practical. Maximum capacity of the estate is 1,605 litres compared to the 1,437 litres of the saloon. For comparison the BMW 3 Series Touring (495-1,500 litres) and the Mercedes C-Class Estate (490-1510 litres) have less capacious load bays, but the Skoda Superb is the luggage king at 625-1,760 litres.
However, much attention has been given to ride comfort and refinement. Testers were impressed by both of these qualities in the Vignale Estate. Even on 18-inch alloy wheels, which are detrimental to ride comfort on an Audi A4, the Ford seemingly glides over rough surfaces. It’s a very good effort from Ford at a time when premium cars such as the Jaguar XE and BMW 3 Series are focusing more on a sporty drive than a cosseting ride.
It’s on the motorway where the Vignale Estate comes into its element. It comes equipped with systems that were recently only available on high-end cars such as the Mercedes S-Class. Things such as the active noise cancellation, which uses the car’s stereo to mask engine and road noise, and the noise-reducing acoustic glass make for one of the quietest cars in its class. However, the droning CVT automatic gearbox in the Hybrid model ruins the overall tranquil driving experience. Non-hybrid models get a choice between a smooth Powershift automatic or a slick six-speed manual gearbox.
A recommended and reasonably priced (£1,500) option is the four-wheel-drive system. According to reviewers it does nothing to worsen the handling, but provides plenty of reassuring grip on slippery roads.
The Vignale has a choice of four engines: two diesels, one petrol and a petrol-electric hybrid.
Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate petrol engines
As engines go, the 2.0-litre petrol in the Vignale isn’t bad, but it’s outclassed by the cheaper-to-run and equally fast twin-turbo diesel. With 240hp and a 149mph top speed the petrol Vignale is the fastest in the range. The 0-62mph of 7.9 seconds, isn’t slow for a Mondeo, but below average for a 3 Series or an XE. The poor fuel consumption of 38mpg and £205 annual road tax don’t help its case either.
Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate diesel engines
The diesels are a much better choice for the Vignale partly because they have more pulling power for overtaking and because they are cheaper to tax and also use less fuel. The 2.0-litre twin-turbo version produces 207hp which is enough for the same 7.9 seconds from 0-62mph as the petrol but it’s fuel economy is better at 54mpg and road tax is cheaper at £110 a year.
To our eyes the more powerful diesel suits the upmarket character of the car the most, but the 180hp version is likely to be the bestseller – it’s the cheapest to buy, has a marginally better fuel economy (57mpg), road tax costs £110 and with a 0-62mph time of 8.6 seconds it’s not too slow either.
Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate Hybrid
For such a refined car with premium aspirations, Ford’s decision to equip the Vignale Hybrid with a noisy petrol and an even noisier CVT gearbox is baffling. The poor acceleration (0-62mph in 9.3 seconds) and unachievable official fuel consumption of 67.3mpg serve more as an example why sometimes diesel is better than hybrid technology.
The Vignale gets all the airbags, stability control, seatbelt pre-tensioners and Isofix mounting points of the regular Mondeo while traffic sign recognition and lane-keep assist that are optional extras on the regular car are standard.
However, at this price point, the Mondeo falls behind rivals from Germany because they have emergency city braking as standard and on the Vignale it’s a £200 option.
For £4,500 more than a high-spec regular Mondeo, it’s hard to recommend the Vignale just for its merits even taking into account the plush interior and quiet cabin. A BMW 3 Series in SE trim costs about the same, is better to drive, has a higher quality interior and its diesel engines are more advanced and fuel efficient.
Owning a Vignale should make you feel special, according to Ford, so they have set up a unique customer service experience at each of the 54 Ford Vignale dealers in the UK. All owners can have their cars washed for free, have access to a 24h helpline and can lounge in special Vignale areas while their cars are serviced.
To offset the fact that you are paying close to £35k for a Mondeo, Ford has equipped it with just about everything – DAB digital radio with 12 speakers, heated leather electric seats, sat-nav with an eight-inch touchscreen display and a rear-view camera. You also get all the kit that is optional on a regular Mondeo, such as climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. There are also all-round parking sensors to help with squeezing into a tight space.
As first attempts go this is not a bad one, but the premium estate market that the Vignale is aiming for is one of the hardest to get into. The big trio of BMW, Audi and Mercedes are firmly at the top of the class and only recently has Jaguar been able to challenge them with the XE. The Vignale misses its mark by using arguably the most recognisable non-premium mid-size car as a base –the Mondeo and at this price point a badge can be worth more than a bit of Bentley leather and some chrome. But if you don’t care about the badge it’s the poshest Mondeo you can buy.
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