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Ford Mondeo hatchback - Engines, drive & performance (2014-2022)

The Ford Mondeo is more relaxing and comfortable than the old car, but it’s not as much fun to drive

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.9 out of 5

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Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.0 out of 5

The first thing we noticed in the new Ford Mondeo was how much more sensible it felt compared to the old car. It's quieter and more comfortable, but has lost some of the qualities that made its predecessor so engaging to drive.

The steering is quicker and lighter, but has a lot less feel, so it doesn't inspire as much confidence in fast corners. The same can be said about the suspension, which is now more comfortable than ever, but also allows more body lean in bends. So if you're looking for a large family car that’s fun to drive, the Mazda6 is now the standout choice.

Ford Mondeo hybrid engine

In 2020, both the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines were discontinued, leaving the 184bhp 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain as the only petrol option for buyers. Performance is best described as adequate, with a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds (identical to the old 1.5-litre petrol engine).

For the most part, you’ll hardly notice the switch between the petrol engine and electric motor, with the engine shutting down when coasting in town or on a motorway. At lower speeds, the hybrid power works well, with the 1.4kWh battery pack providing a small amount of pure-electric running for urban driving. However, if you need a burst of acceleration, you really have to work the engine hard, which produces a coarse noise and little in the way of speed regardless of how hard you apply the throttle.

Diesel engines

The 187bhp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel we tested was somewhat disappointing; it's quiet, but never feels as quick as its 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds suggests. Around town, this engine can sometimes feel a bit inflexible, too. If you plan to buy a Mondeo diesel, the 148bhp model is slower with a 0-62mph time of 9.7 seconds, but is more economical than the hybrid model over long distances.

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We'd recommend the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel over the Mondeo Hybrid, which can't match the low running costs of the basic diesel. Its hybrid technology already feels outdated and the CVT automatic gearbox causes a constant drone from the engine when accelerating.

The hybrid is quiet when crawling in traffic, but diesel is the better choice, as it has a more engaging gearbox and suits the Mondeo's natural habitat of the motorway. The hybrid's significant added weight and less grippy, low-resistance tyres also mean it's the least fun-to-drive model in the range.

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