Ford Mondeo hatchback
Price £20,795 - £26,245
- Spacious and quiet cabin
- Lots of safety equipment
- Excellent range of engines
- Not as 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."
For a brand-new model, the Ford Mondeo seems very familiar. That's not surprising when you learn that it's been in production for some time already – albeit not for the European market. It was first seen at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012 and has been available in US showrooms for a while now.
Nevertheless, Ford assures us that changes specific to the European car make it quite different to the US-spec Mondeo, which is called the Ford Fusion. They include revised steering and suspension, plus a more comprehensive complement of safety features.
What hasn't changed is the car's classy styling. The Mondeo has the distinctive large chrome grille that we first saw on the Ford Fiesta and is being rolled out across the brand's range. The chrome bars make for an eye-catching centrepiece, while the lower bumper adds a sporty touch to the front of the car. Elsewhere, there's less to separate the new Mondeo from the old one, but it has handsome creases along its flanks and neater rear lights.
Cheap running costs are paramount to anyone looking for a family car and the new Mondeo is available with a range of engines that deliver just that. The hybrid model will make headlines, as there hasn't been a hybrid Mondeo before, but the petrol and diesel engines should still be the most popular with buyers.
The petrol line-up includes the latest 1.0 and 1.5-litre EcoBoost engines, as well as two powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoosts. The 1.5-litre petrol is our pick, thanks to its smooth power delivery, entertaining noise and impressive fuel economy.
Diesel power comes in the form of two 2.0-litre engines, with 148 or 178bhp, as well as a 1.6-litre diesel that will be the most economical in the range when it goes on sale next year.
Trim levels include Style, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X Pack. All models have an eight-inch colour touchscreen, alloy wheels, a DAB digital radio, climate control, cruise control and LED tail-lights.
The Ford Mondeo should be cheap to maintain and run
The new Ford Mondeo is more relaxing and comfortable than the old car, but it’s not as much fun to drive
New Ford Mondeo interior is better built and quieter – but comfort’s prioritised at the expense of a sporty drive
New Mondeo is bigger on the outside and more spacious on the inside.
Ford hopes new Mondeo can improve on customer satisfaction – safety is better than ever.