Ford’s sharp, new Mondeo is a serious competitor in the family saloon class
Since its launch in 1992, Ford’s self-proclaimed ‘world car’ has gone on to be a best-seller. The Mondeo has, throughout its history, typified everything you’d want from a family saloon. It's always been reasonably priced, practical, and with a quality feel, and, there's no question that this ethos continues to this day. The latest Mondeo, updated in 2014, incorporates a wide range of specs, engine choices, and body shapes, that all improve upon the already well-received previous model.
As a package, the new Mondeo provides customers with a well-put-together, stylish car, with a much-improved finish. Whilst you may not get a prestige badge with a Mondeo, you most certainly get quality.
Much improved, but still lags behind a VW Passat
One area that lets the Ford Mondeo down somewhat, is inside its cabin. Compared to its more expensive rival, the VW Passat, the quality of materials feel a little on the cheap side. The matt-finish dashboard isn’t going to be to everyone's taste, and there are also smatterings of cheap-feeling plastics. That’s not to say that the Mondeo’s cabin is unpleasant. It’s still solidly put together - and feels contemporary compared to some other cars in its class. And, it must be said, it’s a huge improvement over the previous model.
When it comes to space, the Mondeo really comes into its own. Though some of the other cars in its class have more capacity on paper, the practical hatchback-style opening on the Mondeo makes the space you do get, a lot more useable. It’s a lot easier to access than a traditional saloon opening and, with 541 litres, you’re getting far more space than a Vauxhall Insignia, and nearly twice as much as a BMW 3 Series. Ford have also included two bag hooks, and four lashing eyes as standard. All these little touches mean the Mondeo really does excel when it comes to useable practicality.
Even entry-level Style models in the Mondeo range come with a decent level of spec. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and alloy wheels all come as standard. Zetec models are probably the best compromise in the range, adding electric mirrors, a heated windscreen, and electric rear windows. In terms of infotainment, the Mondeo also does well. Even the most basic models come with a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth-connectivity, activated voice control, and an 8-inch touch-screen control system.
All in all, the interior of the Mondeo is pretty impressive. Though the quality of finish lets it down a little, the amount of useable storage space, and high levels of standard kit, are going to leave most buyers feeling happy.
On The Road
One of the best in its class - fun, agile, and comfortable
One place where the Mondeo really takes a leap on its rivals, is how it handles itself on the road. Obviously, for those that are aware of the quality on offer in Ford's current line-up, that will be of little surprise. But, it really is incredibly intuitive to drive. Cornering is remarkably agile for such a big car, with neat turn-in, and very little in the way of body roll. It also sticks to the tarmac with aplomb. It manages to do all this without the expensive adaptive suspension systems you get on rival cars, that usually cost an arm and a leg as an optional extra. Instead you get a conventional suspension that copes with every surface you throw at it, leaving you feeling comfortable on both the motorways, and pothole ridden B-roads.
In terms of gearbox options, there are three options in the Mondeo range. Standard on most models is the excellent six-speed manual gearbox, which is both light and precise. There’s also the option of a six-speed automatic, and a twin-clutch, semi-automatic PowerShift box, that follows in the footsteps of VW’s much applauded DSG transmission, and matches its refinement to boot.
Whichever gearbox option you choose to go for, you can be assured that you’re going to get the quality to complement the excellent handling ability the car possesses.
Good range of options, from efficient diesels, to turbo powered petrols. There’s even an environmentally friendly hybrid
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Mondeo, you’ve got usual big three options: petrol, diesel, and hybrid. There’s an engine to meet everyone's needs in the range.
For those who like to get places fast, you’re going to want to take a look at the 2.0 litre Ecoboost 240 petrol engine found in Titanium and Vignale models. With 240hp and a 0-62mph time of just 7.9 seconds, this Mondeo will have you flying through country lanes. There’s also a high-powered 2.0 litre TDCI 210hp powered diesel option, that whilst not as powerful, will get you to 62mph in the exactly the same amount of time, but with the added bonus of greater fuel efficiency.
For the environmentally minded, Ford offers buyers for the first time a hybrid option. Surprisingly though, this isn’t the most environmentally friendly engine option in the range. The most eco-friendly is actually the 1.5 litre Duratorq diesel engine. With only 94 g/km of C02 emissions, you’ll help save the planet and your road tax bill. This option is road tax free. It also happens to be the best option if you want to save money on fuel bills. Producing up to 79 mpg, this is one incredibly efficient engine.
Whichever engine you opt for in your Mondeo, you can be assured of an incredible level of refinement and quality not found in a lot of its closest rivals. Nearly all options have good eco-credentials, and are efficient, especially in the fantastic range of diesels Ford offers.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with lots of safety kit as standard
Like most of the cars in its class, the Mondeo easily achieved the 5 star NCAP rating. Whilst it may fall slightly short in specific areas in comparison to the VW Passat and Skoda Octavia, it’s still an incredibly safe car. What’s more, there’s a great array of standard safety kit, such as emergency brake assist, stability control, and seven airbags placed strategically around the cabin. There’s also the additional option of an automatic emergency braking system, available throughout the range.
Value for money
Low running costs, particularly with diesel engines
The Ford Mondeo represents excellent value for money. Road tax rates and fuel consumption are low throughout the range. There are variations depending on which model you choose to go for, but most have excellent C02 levels, so road tax is kept to a minimum (with none at all to pay on the 1.5 litre diesel option). Diesel options are noticeably more fuel efficient than the petrol alternatives, with up to 79 mpg on some models.
Insurance wise, the Mondeo falls into the same brackets as most of the cars in its class. So whilst you’re not going to be saving bucket fulls of money, you’re not going to be throwing cash away either. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.5 TDCI diesel, with group 17 insurance. That’s pretty reasonable for such a big car with such a spectacularly efficient engine.
Depreciation on the Mondeo is, unfortunately, quite a big factor to consider, but only in the first year. After this, prices remain pretty steady, with most buyers appreciating the quality that lasts in the Mondeo.
The Ford Mondeo has remained one of Ford’s, and the UK’s best selling family cars for a long time, and for good reason. With market leading handling, a good choice of engines, and fantastic storage capacity, the Ford Mondeo is a great option for all but the biggest of families.
Buying a used Ford Mondeo online with Carspring
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.