If you think Ford's big-selling family car is a ‘middle of the road’ choice, think again. The Ford Mondeo, facelifted is anything but average. It's spacious and practical, while the suspension and chassis balance comfort and sportiness. There are ten petrol and diesel engines to choose from, and there's a trim level to suit nearly every pocket. Even base model cars are well equipped.
- Large range of models
- Good to drive
- Spacious interior
- Dated design, especially inside
- Cumbersome to manoeuvre
- Due to be replaced soon
The five-door Ford Mondeo offers a massive 528-litre boot and a big hatchback opening. But this capacity doesn’t come at the expense of cabin space, and you’ll find the car offers loads of head, leg and elbow room for passengers in the front and back. It doesn’t quite have the interior quality of the Volkswagen Passat – but make no mistake, this is the best Ford Mondeo yet.
- Big and usefully shaped boot
- Loads of engine choices
- Fun to drive and comfortable
- It’s a big car to park
- Small engines struggle when loaded
- Rivals more stylish
Where the newer Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer sacrifices some practicality for style, the Mondeo Estate does no such thing. It has a vast load area, offering 542 litres of easy-to-access storage space with the rear seats in place and a massive 1,733 litres when they're folded.
High-mileage drivers should choose a diesel engine, with the smooth 138bhp 2.0-litre TDCi offering the best balance of price and performance. The Mondeo was updated in 2010, gaining LED daytime running lights and tail-lights on high-spec models, a subtly revised centre console with new plastics, as well as powerful yet efficient new EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines, alongside new diesels and a smooth Powershift automatic gearbox.
Whatever version you choose, the Ford Mondeo Estate serves up class-leading space, practicality and refinement.
- Long list of safety features
- Quiet and well equipped interior
- Better looking than the hatchback
- Not as much fun to drive as previous Mondeo
- More expensive than before, too
- VW Passat has bigger boot
The new Ford Mondeo estate looks classier than the car it replaces and less fussy than hatchback. The interior feels better built than ever and a variety of new safety features makes for a much safer car, too. All new Mondeos come with an eight-inch touchscreen display and get the latest generation of Ford's SYNC voice-recognition system. A new range of engines makes the Mondeo cheaper to run than ever and the line-up will be joined by an extremely efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine in 2015.
- 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 on quality
- More expensive than the old car
The new Ford Mondeo isn’t as much fun to drive as the old model, but that's unlikely to bother most people when they realise it's quieter and more comfortable – as well as being significantly safer. It's also cheaper to run and available with petrol, diesel or petrol-electric hybrid power. Four six-foot adults will fit in the Mondeo no problem and all body styles offer decent boot capacity. The new Mondeo has Ford's SYNC 2 infotainment system that pairs seamlessly with your smartphone and cuts down on conventional buttons that clutter the dashboard.