Review

Ford Mondeo hatchback

Price  £19,995 - £32,045

Ford Mondeo hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Spacious and quiet cabin
  • Lots of safety equipment
  • Excellent range of engines
Cons
  • Not as much fun to drive as the outgoing model
  • Falls behind VW Passat for quality
  • More expensive than the old car

At a glance

"The new Ford Mondeo has lost some of its driving appeal, but in its place is a car that's grown up to offer a quiet and spacious interior that features lots of safety kit."

The current Ford Mondeo has been a long time coming. It was first seen in 2012 at the Detroit Motor Show, but for various reasons didn’t arrive in the UK until 2014. In that time, the mainstream, as distinct from premium, family car class has declined as buyers move into the latest generation of more popular SUVs and crossovers.

As a result, the Mondeo, which is available in five-door hatchback and estate body styles, has its work cut out for it appealing to the remaining saloon-car buyers out there. Its case isn’t helped by the presence of much classier Volkswagen Passat. Other rivals include the Vauxhall Insignia, the recently facelifted Toyota Avensis, the Hyundai i40 and the Mazda 6.

In its favour, the Mondeo is a handsome-looking car with sharp body creases and the trademark gaping grille, as seen on the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus. It also feels more mature and refined than the model it replaces, although this sees it lose some of the sharpness and involvement that made it the class-leading driver's car for so long. It's also become a little more expensive. However, in return for those higher prices, the Mondeo now has much more safety equipment and technology as standard.

Running costs are kept in check by a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines. There's a choice of 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrols. Our favourite – the 1.5-litre – is smooth, reasonably powerful and impressively economical (48.7mpg).

The Mondeo is a popular company car, so unsurprisingly there's a wide choice of diesel engines on offer. Kicking off the range is a 1.5-litre followed by three increasingly powerful 2.0-litres. The 1.5-litre manages 78.5mpg, but for its balance of strong power and good fuel economy (67.3mpg) our pick of the line-up is the 146bhp 2.0-litre diesel.

Topping the range is the Mondeo Hybrid, which pairs an electric motor with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. It's powerful, but no more economical than the standard diesel engines.

There's a choice of six-speed manual, automatic and twin-clutch gearboxes and while the car is front-wheel drive in standard form, you can specify four-wheel drive with some of the more powerful diesel engines.

There are three trim levels: Style, Zetec and Titanium. A fourth, called Vignale, is intended to take the Mondeo experience to another level. Equipment on the standard versions includes alloy wheels, LED tail-lights, DAB digital radio, an eight-inch colour touchscreen, climate control and cruise control. The Zetec provides a good balance of additional interior and exterior finishes, plus a heated windscreen and electric windows all round, which is why it's our favourite trim.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The Ford Mondeo should be cheap to maintain and run

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The new Ford Mondeo is more relaxing and comfortable than the old car, but it’s not as much fun to drive

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

New Ford Mondeo interior is better built and quieter – but comfort’s prioritised at the expense of a sporty drive

Practicality & boot space

4.5 / 5

New Mondeo is bigger on the outside and more spacious on the inside.

Reliability & safety

3.9 / 5

Ford hopes new Mondeo can improve on customer satisfaction – safety is better than ever.

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"A long time coming, the new Ford Mondeo is a much more refined and mature-feeling product, but some of the handling magic has also been lost."
3 / 5
"Ford has always had a knack of building cars that not only handle brilliantly, but that also ride comfortably, and the previous Mondeo was one the greatest showcases of the company's talents. This new model doesn’t disappoint."
What owners say 
4.0164556962025
4 /5 based on 79 reviews
56%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
15 Jul 2015
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