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
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The hybrid technology used in the Ford Mondeo feels outdated and the CVT automatic gearbox makes the car very noisy, while the added weight of the batteries – coupled with its low-grip eco tyres – make it the least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.
The 2.0-litre diesel pulls strong and suits the Mondeo well
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.