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 
£20,795 - £26,245
5 & 4 Doors
4 / 5
Pros
  • Spacious and quiet cabin
  • Lots of safety equipment
  • Excellent range of engines
Cons
  • Not as fun to drive as the outgoing model
  • Falls behind VW Passat for 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 the need for conventional buttons that clutter up the dashboard.

Ford Mondeo estate

Price 
£22,045 - £27,550
5 Doors
4.1 / 5
Pros
  • Long list of safety features
  • Quiet and well equipped interior
  • Better looking than the hatchback
Cons
  • 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.