Ford Mondeo Estate - Practicality & boot space

Ford Mondeo estate is roomy, but not as spacious as the VW Passat estate

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Ford Mondeo Estate interior space & storage

Doing away with the hatchback's sloping roofline means the estate offers more headroom, while the larger windows also brighten up the interior considerably.

Just like the hatchback, the estate can comfortably accommodate two six-foot adults in the back, and space in the front is also excellent. Wide-opening doors mean getting in is easy, while the top-of-the-range model features leather-trimmed power-adjustable front seats. These are great to sit in, but unlikely to have a huge affect on the car's resale value.

Ford has a reputation for building very practical interiors, and the Mondeo's glovebox is big enough for a one-litre bottle of water. You'll also find two cup-holders in the centre console and an extra tray located ahead of the gearstick.

Boot space

Boot space is vitally important when you're buying an estate car, so it's surprising to learn that the Mondeo estate's 525-litre luggage capacity is 12 litres shy of the old model's. It’s also 125 litres less than you get in the Volkswagen Passat Estate, and 135 litres behind the Skoda Superb Estate, which now leads the class for luggage space. In fact, the smaller Ford Focus Estate is better if you need the loadspace, as it offers 608 litres. The Mondeo’s rear seats are more spacious, however.

Maximum capacity with the rear seats folded down also falls behind the Passat (1,630 versus 1,780 litres). It’s also worth noting that the hybrid models offer a boot that’s quite a bit smaller than the diesel models, due to the batteries being located under the raised boot floor.

On the plus side, the Ford's boot offers a large opening, has only a small load lip, and is a useful shape. With the rear seats folded down (they split 60:40) the floor is also flat.The boot space has various hooks for securing loads and Ford offers a set of cargo nets and a sliding partition rail for £250. Buyers can choose between carrying a space-saver spare wheel for ultimate peace of mind or a puncture-repair kit for a few litres of extra carrying capacity.

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