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.
- Practical rear seats and boot
- Comfortable ride
- High-quality interior
- Common image
- Hard to manoeuvre
- Poor resale values
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 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-litre TDCi unit the pick for price and performance balance. The Mondeo was updated in 2010 gaining LED daytime running lights 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 Ford Mondeo Estate serves up class-leading space, practicality and refinement.