Ford Mondeo

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.

Ford Mondeo hatchback

Price 
£20,000 - £30,070
5 Doors
4.0 / 5
Pros
  • Huge passenger and cargo space
  • Comfortable ride
  • High-quality interior
Cons
  • Common image
  • Size can make manoeuvring tricky
  • Poor resale values

The five-door 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 - which is why we named it Best Large Family Car in our 2012 Car of the Year awards. Ultimately, the Mondeo is roomier and better to drive than all its rivals.

Ford Mondeo estate

Price 
£21,250 - £31,320
5 Doors
4.0 / 5
Pros
  • Big, well shaped boot
  • Loads of choice
  • Fun to drive and comfortable
Cons
  • 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 chairs in place, and a massive 1,733 litres of space with them folded. High-mileage drivers would be well advised to choose a diesel engine, with the smooth 138bhp 2.0 TDCi unit the pick for price and performance balance. The Mondeo was updated in 2010 gaining LED headlights and tailights on high-spec models, a sublty revised centre console with new plastics and powerful but efficient new EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines, alongside new diesels and a smooth Powershift automatic gearbox. Whatever version you choose though, the Mondeo Estate serves up class-leading space, practicality and refinement.

New Ford Mondeo saloon

Initially unveiled as a saloon, Ford plans to offer both hatchback and estate models, while also offering a hybrid and plug-in hybrid capable of up to 140mpg.