Review

Ford Mondeo hatchback

Price  £20,000 - £30,070

Ford Mondeo hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Huge passenger and cargo space
  • Comfortable ride
  • High-quality interior
Cons
  • Common image
  • Size can make manoeuvring tricky
  • Poor resale values

At a glance

"The five-door Ford Mondeo has a massive boot, loads of passenger space and the most comfortable ride in its class."

The fourth generation of Ford Mondeo, originally launched in 2007, was the winner of the CarBuyer 2011 Best Large Family Car award, and remains a popular car, even on the eve of its replacement by a newer model. Even though it is very common on UK roads, it's still one of the best family cars available on the UK market – and is anything but average, despite being a bit long in the tooth. The five-door Mondeo hatchback has a huge boot, lots of space for passengers and luggage, and one of the most comfortable rides on offer in the class. Plus, it's still fun to drive, too. It's also fairly well equipped, with even the entry-level Edge models coming fitted with air-conditioning and alloy wheels as standard equipment. Meanwhile, top-of-the-range Titanium cars come very well stocked with technology indeed. The diesel engines are the best on offer – especially the turbocharged models – and would be our recommended choice. A 2010 facelift added LED lights on top-spec models, and managed to keep it looking relatively fresh for a car of its age. It may not be able to match the Volkswagen Passat for sheer quality and high resale values, but the Mondeo definitely outpaces the Vauxhall Insignia is almost every possible criteria. The Ford Mondeo comes in – entry-level Graphite, then Edge, Zetec Business Edition, Titanium X Business Edition, and top-of-the-range Titanium X Sport.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

Diesels are popular and economical

As is common in many cars, the best efficiency and fuel economy is offered by the Mondeo's range of diesel engines. They may be more expensive to buy but as long as you clock up enough miles on a regular basis then the extra cost will hopefully balance out. The 138bhp 2.0-litre TDCi is a solid and popular choice, returning more than 50mpg while retaining plenty of performance and emitting 139g/km of CO2. Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre TDCI diesel ECOnetic model, fitted with start-stop, is even more fuel efficient, returning 65.7mpg and emitting only 114g/km of CO2. None of the Mondeo's engines offer emissions that fall below the magic road tax-free 100g/km mark. We’d suggest avoiding the petrol engines because they have by far the worst economy, lower resale values on the used car market and are the harshest on the environment (and therefore on your wallet). Plus, we’d also go with the manual gearbox as the automatic version further reduces fuel economy. 

Interior & comfort

3.7 / 5

There's plenty of space for passengers

There may be more expensive and more premium executive options out there, but the Mondeo could give lessons in comfort – even for a car that's been around since 2007. It copes well with even the worst of the UK roads – which are now in pretty bad condition, generally – with body roll also kept well under control when driving through the corners. Passengers inside the Mondeo have loads of space to stretch out in inside, both in the front and the back. In fact, thanks to the excess of head, leg and elbow room, you can easily carry five six-foot adults with no difficulty. A massive range of reach-and-rake adjustment in the steering and a fully adjustable drivers seat makes it very easy to find a good driving position, too.

Practicality & boot space

4.1 / 5

Split-folding rear seats add even more practicality

With its rear seats in place, the Mondeo offers more luggage space in its boot than its main rival, the Vauxhall Insignia. Its 528 litres is generous but still smaller than the Skoda Superb, but once the standard-fit split-folding back seats are also folded down out of the way, that expands to a truly massive 1,448 litres – all accessible through a nice, large opening to make loading and unloading of large, bulky items even easier as well. If you need even more space, the total luggage space in the Mondeo estate is a huge 1,733 litres. The Mondeo's roomy dimensions mean that the interior is large enough for five six-foot adults to genuinely sit inside comfortably, with Ford paying particular attention to things like side-opening doors to create ease access for passengers and thus maximise its practicality. The driver's seat is fully adjustable, as is the steering wheel for reach and rake, so any driver can get comfortable and have good visibility.

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

Scored highly for safety

The Ford Mondeo has certainly wracked up the years since launching in 2007, and there's a new model waiting just around the corner, which you might want to consider before you buy. However, there haven’t been any major recalls or safety issues reported with the Mondeo. It still managed to come 56th in the 2013 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, a drop of 23 places on its 2012 rank of 33rd but still pretty solid for a car of its age. It lost marks for ease of driving (its big dimensions may prove unwieldy for some), build quality and, alas, reliability. However, it previously placed as high as 11, giving Ford its highest ever placement in the list, ahead of compact executive car rivals from BMW, Lexus and Mercedes, so it's not a bad car in any regard. Ford itself still illustrates that it's hard to be a mainstream mass-producer of cars without sacrificing something, coming 23rd in the Driver Power manufacturers rankings, which is even a climb of two spots on the previous survey. It's still ahead of arch rival Vauxhall, but we think Ford is showing signs of improvement, so watch upcoming models closely. The Mondeo secured the maximum five-star rating the in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests, with all cars coming fitted with seven airbags, electronic stability control and traction control as standard equipment, making it still a really safe car regardless of its age.

Engines, drive & performance

4.4 / 5

Still good fun to drive

When it was first launched back in 2007, the Mondeo was the car that cemented Ford's reputation for making car that far outshone its main competitors. And that's because it doesn’t really have any major flaws to speak of. As well as offering a comfortable, bump-absorbing ride that can handle even the most jarring of potholes and a widely adjustable driving position, it's also plain old fun to drive. The Zetec models do have stiffer suspension to give the car a sportier feel, but they’re still comfortable on all but the poorest of roads. The smaller 1.6-litre petrol engine does feel underpowered, though, but luckily he latest 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engines are much better. The diesels – which range from 1.6 litres to 2.2 litres – all offer superior fuel economy and enough power to tow substantial loads at the same time.

Price, value for money & options

3.6 / 5

All models are well equipped

There's a lot of variety in the list prices for the Mondeo, thanks to its wide range of choice in both specifications and engines. The whole range is well equipped, though, coming fitted with alloy wheels, air-conditioning and seven airbags for safety as standard equipment. The entry-level Edge models also come with cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity as well, while top-spec Titanium models add MP3 connectivity, rear parking sensors and climate control. The quality of the interior is generally excellent, and it's clearly laid out and very easy to use – even if the car's age does mean that a VW Passat or Vauxhall Insignia feels that little bit more modern inside. Sadly, resale values on the used car market aren’t very good because of so many Mondeos being available second hand over its long life, and it has a poor reputation as a ‘sales rep’ car. A Mondeo on average only retains approximately 37 per cent of its value after three years of ownership. 

What the others say

4.2 / 5
based on 4 reviews
  • 4.0 / 5

    "In fact, our top-spec Titanium X model is arguably the glitziest machine here. The standard chrome trim contrasts with the black paint and optional 18-inch wheels, darkened rear glass and xenon lights to give the Ford an expensive look. It certainly helps set it apart from entry-level cars."

  • 4.0 / 5

    "Mondeo is not a sexy car name. Nor is telling people that you drive one a good way to make girls swoon, casual acquaintances gasp or small nations revere you as a God and plaster your likeness across a range of commemorative postage stamps."

  • 15.0 / 20

    "An impressive evolution of this staple of Middle England, the new Ford Mondeo is capacious, stylish, intelligently designed and enjoyable to drive. And what's more, it's still fairly cheap."

  • 5.0 / 5

    "Like most modern cars, the Ford Mondeo has grown in size to be bigger - and in this case better - than before. It's also more comfortable, refined and well equipped than ever, making the third generation Ford Mondeo a popular choice among savvy buyers."

Last updated 
12 Dec 2013

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when you move a review up in the list of "latest", such as this one where the last update say "Apr 26, 2013", what is it thats new in the review? it looks like nothing changes. And the Mondeo is just a sample, i'm asking this about all the old revies that gets "update" - where is the update?

I've had a Mondeo (2008) model for two years.First of all I don't consider it to be as comfortable as your reports claim.The seats are firm and not in my opinion really comfortable.I suspect they're designed for sales reps who'll do a high mileage and they need to look good after 60k miles.
All Fords have a certain amount of road noise,which on certain surfaces can be irritating.
Finally you claim " a Mondeo is as comfortable as a family car can be " but you only give it 3.5 stars for comfort ! Surely if it was that comfortable 5 stars would have been awarded-I would give it no more than 3 stars as on a long trip the drivers seat feels hard and uncomfortable.

Further to my previous comment my Mondeo is a 2 litre diesel Zetec.Despite my very careful driving style I can't get more than high thirties,whereas your report reckons 50 mpg !
I've also have a problem with regularly having to replace blown rear stop lights. The man at Halfords,who has the job of fitting them as part of the service,told me he gets a lot of Mondeos- it seems to be a common fault on them.Talking of which when you lift the boot lid after its rained the water will pour down onto you and drip into the boot.

in the reliability you've given it 3.5 and said it hasn't got any problems

I get an average of 47 mpg, I've had mine for 5 years and its never done less than 43 mpg

The rain coming into the boot is a design fault, but if you open the boot carefully, no rain water actually comes in. Try that one. I've had my 2.0 zetec diesel mondeo since jan '12. ive have to change the bonnet latch as the switch became faulty and thats it. £60 for the part and fitted myself. Had it serviced every 10k and put in wynns injector cleaner every 2500miles. I return 52mpg without fail.

I have a mondeo have had it 5 years from new it is doeing 49mpg around town58 on motorways the only fault i got ithe rear floor capets spilt forwould not do any thing about it .i phoned them that is why i wont buy anothernew mondeo

Ford Mondeo, 2013, Zetec Business Edition. Sat Nav the worst I've ever encountered - complicated, unintuitive, unhelpful and her voice seriously grinds.

there is something seriosuly wrong with your car or driving if you only get high thirtys. your car either has a problem or you are changing gear too soon or even revving too high

with the mondeo doing 50 in 4th gear uses less fuel than the same speed in 5th or 6th! thats a fact! the reason is because you are riding the tourqe that way otherwise you are working the engine hard

58 reg, 1.8 tdci zetek, 45+ round town and 60mpg on a run, stop lights failed a couple of times, seems ok now, best car ever owned.

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Has the mondeo only been around since 07? Becauseone is an 04 plate! And even though it's ten years old its still comfortable, reliable and returns in excess of 43 mpg.
My only complaint is the bonnet release regularly sticks.

The Ford Mondeo has been around in various forms since the early 1990s. The current model has been on sale since 2007 and should be updated later this year!

Ford Care about what ? There has Ben. Fordin my garage since the early 70s .
Cortina Capri Sierra Mondeo models . But no more when I trade in my latest Mondeo of which I have had three . Poor seats 4 coil spring replacements a hatch back door when opened allows rainwater in the channels to pour into the boot .no thanks Mr Ford there's many better cars around now than your expensive models which I can afford easily but will be investing in a car that gives better service durability and value for money

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