New Ford Mondeo 2015 prices and specs
Safest Ford Mondeo yet gets new engines, more equipment and an upmarket image
The long-awaited new Mondeo has been on sale since 2012 in the US (where it's badged Ford Fusion), but the European version had been delayed due to production constraints. However, we've now had our first look at the new family hatchback, which will cost from £20,795 when it goes on sale later this year. The top-of-the-range model will cost £27,550.
A wide range of engines and specifications will be offered, with highlights including a turbocharged 207bhp 2.0-litre diesel and an innovative 1.0-litre petrol engine. Ford will also offer a Mondeo Hybrid with a petrol-electric engine capable of class-leading CO2 emissions.
As with the current car, hatchback and estate models will be available, but the new model will also see the reintroduction of a four-door saloon version.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 specs and equipment
The new Ford Mondeo is the safest the company has ever built, thanks to a raft of new features and a body that's 40 per cent stiffer.
The new safety features are led by the latest autonomous braking system. This can detect pedestrians and can reduce the severity of (or completely avoid) a collision at speeds of up to 50mph. The system can recognise people walking in the road ahead, or about to enter the car's path, using cameras mounted on the windscreen. If it detects an imminent collision, an audible warning sounds and the brakes are primed for action. If the warnings are ignored, the car applies the brakes independently.
That system is backed up by Active City Stop, which can apply the brakes when it detects an imminent collision with a car at speeds of up to 25mph. Pre-Collision Assist uses radar and cameras to scan up to 200m ahead and can apply the full force of the brakes if required.
For the first time, the Mondeo will be available with inflatable rear seat belts that can keep the passenger tightly strapped in the event of an accident. The new system is backed up by nine airbags.
Other safety features available on the new Mondeo include Adaptive Cruise Control (which can match the speed of the car in front of you) and a lane-keeping assistance (which gently steers the back into its lane if you drift out). Traffic-sign recognition, which displays roadside information on the dashboard, is another option.
LED headlamps that can be used on full beam without blinding other road users, and an automatic parking system that can parallel park and reverse into bays by itself, complete the new Mondeo's substantial list of safety features.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 engines
The 2015 Ford Mondeo will have a wide range of engines from launch. Diesel engines will form the core of the range, with three 2.0-litres as well as a 1.6-litre available. The 1.6-litre diesel is the economy champion, with CO2 emissions of 94g/km, but even the 2.0-litre diesels won't emit much more.
The flagship diesel is an all-new 2.0-litre engine that produces 207bhp thanks to the use of twin turbochargers – much like the flagship diesel in the latest Volkswagen Passat.
The petrol line-up focuses on downsizing, with 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines available. The 1.0-litre engine, which is also fitted to the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, will produce 123bhp and emit 119g/km of CO2 for a £30 annual road tax bill when it goes on sale in early 2015. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine will produce 158bhp and have CO2 emissions of 134g/km.
The 148bhp and 178bhp versions of the 2.0-litre diesel engine will be available with either front-wheel drive, or, in a first for the Ford Mondeo, four-wheel drive.
New Ford Mondeo Hybrid
For the first time, the Mondeo will also be available as a hybrid. This version will be sold as a four-door saloon only and will have emissions low enough to exempt it from road tax.
The Mondeo Hybrid will use a 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors – one to drive the wheels and another to recharge the battery. The lithium-ion batteries are anticipated to last for 10 years or 150,000 miles. The engine and motors will work in conjunction with a CVT automatic gearbox.
Like the rest of the range, the Hybrid will be fitted with a number of features that cut drag by 10 per cent to further improve economy, including grilles that close to make the car slip through the air more efficiently, plus automatic start-stop.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 drive
Ford has become a master of producing cars that are not only comfortable, but also fun to drive, and the new model looks set to continue the trend. Its sophisticated rear suspension absorbs bumps better than the old setup, but is a little bit stiffer for better handling.
That suspension is bolted to a chassis 10 per cent stiffer and significantly lighter than the old car's, which should also improve the handling. Ford will also throw in a long list of electronic aids – including the strangely named Active Nibble Compensation – all of which should make the new Mondeo safer and easier to drive quickly.
The introduction of electric power steering means Ford can now offer steering weight settings, including Comfort, Normal and Sport, which can work in tandem with Ford's Continuous Control Damping system. This optimises the car's suspension depending on the road surface.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 interior
Improved quality is crucial to boosting the upmarket appeal of the new Ford Mondeo – and this is something also being chased by the new VW Passat and facelifted new Peugeot 508. It comes not only in the form of a classy new chrome grille, but also in the shape of improved interior quality thanks to premium finishes and soft-touch plastics.
Interior road noise has been reduced by three decibels in the rear and two decibels in the front, while the rear windows are made of thicker glass to reduce wind noise. Added sound deadening and improved seals ensure this will be the quietest Mondeo yet.
The new Mondeo comes with what Ford says is the most affective air-conditioning system in its class – capable of reducing cabin temperature from 55 degrees centigrade to 18 degrees centigrade in 15 minutes. New equipment includes a power-adjustable, memory-equipped steering column, a power tailgate and a heated steering wheel, plus heated and cooled front seats with a massage function.
Another new feature is the Ford SYNC 2 voice-recognition system, which is operated via an eight-inch touchscreen and can act on voice commands as well as reading incoming text messages. The Mondeo also has Ford's MyKey – a key that lets you limit the car's top speed and maximum stereo volume when it's being driven by a younger or less experienced driver.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 release date & price
The 2015 Ford Mondeo is priced from £20,795 for the entry-level five-door Mondeo 1.6 TDCI ECOnetic in Style trim. Estate models start at £22,045.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 trims
Four trim levels are available in the Ford Mondeo range: Style, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium with X pack (or Titanium X as it's more commonly known).
Style models, which start at £20,795, include an eight-inch colour touchscreen, 16-inch alloy wheels, a DAB radio, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning and cruise control.
Zetec models, priced from £21,045, feature power-folding door mirrors, a heated front windscreen and height and lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat. Sat nav is available for an additional £300.
Titanium models, which cost from £22,245, add 17-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, sat nav, automatic headlights and wipers, traffic-sign recognition and a lane-keeping aid, which helps to prevent the car drifting out of its lane. Active parking assistance is available for £450.
Titanium X models, priced from £24,745, feature LED headlights, leather trim, electrically adjustable heated front seats and tinted glass. A memory function for the electric steering wheel adjustment is a £200 option.
Ford will also introduce an upmarket version of the Mondeo called the Ford Mondeo Vignale. It'll compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Ford has given it with plenty of upmarket features including big alloy wheels, chrome door handles, a new grille, a redesigned front bumper and new foglights.
The interior also gets a premium-quality makeover, with quilted leather seats, luxury floor mats and leather on the dashboard and steering wheel.
As it'll sit at the top of the Ford Mondeo range, the Vignale is expected to cost upwards of £30,000, but the price will include a high-end care package that aims to give excellent levels of customer service.
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