Ford Mondeo hatchback
Ford Mondeo hatchback
Price £20,000 - £30,070
- Practical rear seats and boot
- Comfortable ride
- High-quality interior
- Common image
- Hard to manoeuvre
- Poor resale values
At a glance
"The Ford Mondeo has a massive boot, loads of passenger space and is fun to drive, too."
The Ford Mondeo took Carbuyer's Best Large Family Car award in 2011, and even now it remains one of the most fun-to-drive large family hatchbacks on sale. The car, which is soon to be replaced, is now in its fourth generation and is much larger than the original Mondeo that was launched back in 1992.
That means there is more space in the cabin and also a huge boot. The car may not have the same quality feel inside as its big rival, the Volkswagen Passat, but its dashboard is well laid out and intuitive to use. What's more, the VW Passat is only available as a saloon, and not as a more practical hatchback.
Trim levels include Graphite, Edge, Zetec Business Edition, and the top-of-the-range models – Titanium X Business Edition and Titanium X Sport. Opt for the basic Ford Mondeo Graphite model and you still get a Bluetooth phone connection, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and air conditioning, as well as Ford's handy quick-clear heated windscreen.
Ford also offers a good range of petrol and diesel engines, most of which should be cheap to run.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Diesels are popular and economical, whichever model you go for
If you’re looking to keep running costs down then a diesel Ford Mondeo makes the most sense. Although the basic petrols are cheaper to buy, the diesels’ superior economy means you’ll recoup the extra cost if you do a lot of miles. The diesels also have lower CO2 emissions (for cheaper road tax), and have stronger residuals.
Cheapest to run is the 1.6-litre diesel, which can manage economy of up to 67.3mpg and emissions of 109g/km for annual road tax of £20. Go for the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel and you’ll get more overtaking performance, but still keep decent figures of 62.8mpg and emissions of 119g/km, so road tax will be just £30 annually. Mondeos fitted with a manual gearbox are also more economical than those with an automatic.
If you have your heart set on a petrol, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost gets economy of 44.1mpg, while road tax isn’t too bad at £145 annually.
Interior & comfort
There's plenty of space for passengers and the ride is comfortable too
One of the Ford Mondeo's strongest attributes is that it combines a sporty drive with suspension that does an excellent job of soaking up the UK's badly broken roads – keeping its passengers comfy on long journeys.
Head, leg and elbow room are all excellent and, as a result, the Mondeo can comfortably carry five six-foot adults without issue. Plenty of adjustment for the steering wheel and driver's seat mean it should also be easy to get comfortable behind the wheel, too.
Practicality & boot space
Split-folding rear seats add even more practicality to the already big boot
Boot space is also pretty generous at 540 litres, which is 10 litres bigger than the Vauxhall Insignia's. Drop the standard-fit split-folding rear seats down and boot space jumps to 1,448 litres. Although the boot opening is large, some might find the tailgate heavy to open.
The Mondeo also has useful cubbyholes including a big glovebox, a deep storage space underneath the armrest between the front seats, and large door bins.
Reliability & safety
Scored highly for safety and does well for reliability too
The Ford Mondeo came 56th out of 150 models in our 2013 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, which is a reasonable achievement, although it does represent a 23-place drop from its 2012 finish. Nonetheless, it still means the Mondeo finished ahead of cars from BMW and Mercedes, as well as its arch enemy the Vauxhall Insignia.
The Mondeo scored well for safety, getting five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP. It comes fitted as standard with seven airbags in total, including one for the driver's knees, and electronic stability control.
Engines, drive & performance
Still good fun to drive despite its practical body shape
The latest Ford Mondeo may be a bit bigger, but it's just as much fun to drive as its predecessors. Despite the car being comfortable on bumpy roads, it doesn’t come at the expense of composure in the corners, so there is minimal body roll in the bends. Throw in sharp steering, which gives you lots of confidence in the corners, and it all adds up to make the current Ford Mondeo more enjoyable to drive than the Vauxhall Insignia.
Going for the Ford Mondeo Zetec models means you’ll get stiffer suspension, but a car that is still perfectly comfortable for everyday use.
Neither the 1.6-litre diesel or the basic petrol are particularly quick, but our pick of the range – the 2.0-litre diesel 140 TDCi – can get from 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds and can get to a maximum speed of 127mph. Fastest of all is the 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which can go from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and keep going to 155mph.
Price, value for money & options
All models are well equipped but mid-range Edge models add useful extras
Ford dealers are known for offering decent discounts so we would recommend having a go at getting some money knocked off the price of a Mondeo regardless which model you go for. Its replacement is imminent so getting money off should be even easier, although the current car's residuals won’t be as strong once the new model's launched.
At present, the Mondeo range starts with the Ford Mondeo Graphite; it represents even better value than the Edge model, but still gets useful features such as air-conditioning and Ford's heated quick-clear windscreen. If you’re going to spend a lot of time on the motorway, moving up to Edge specification may be worthwhile. It comes with cruise control, which keeps the car at a preset speed, so your right foot isn’t constantly resting on the accelerator pedal.
The top-of-the-range Titanium models get equipment such as standard sat-nav (Titanium X Business) and heated and ventilated front seats (Titanium X Sport).
What the others say
"The Ford Mondeo feels like an old car now. The dated interior is the biggest giveaway and great dynamics can't make up for poor emissions."
"The Ford Mondeo has long been a family favourite, thanks to its blend of comfort, space and driving fun. The current version might be getting on a bit, but it’s still an appealing option if you’re after something that’s big and enjoyable to drive."
"Fantastic to drive. Refined and comfortable to travel in but large size means it can be tricky to park without parking sensors."