Ford Mondeo hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Ford Mondeo should be cheap to maintain and run
While the rival Volkswagen Passat is available with a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the Mondeo is now only offered as a hybrid and a diesel. Ford’s decision to simplify the Mondeo's engine range as it nears retirement means both the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engines, and the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, have been lost from the lineup.
Ford Mondeo MPG & CO2
Those drivers covering more than 12,000 miles each year should consider the 148bhp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, which is available with a manual or automatic gearbox. With the manual, this model is the most efficient Mondeo, with claimed fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions from 130g/km.
The more powerful 187bhp version can only be specced with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, managing up to 50.4mpg with CO2 emissions from 147g/km. A four-wheel drive version is also available; this uses the same automatic gearbox and returns up to 46.3mpg with CO2 emissions from 160g/km.
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid (reviewed separately) represents an alternative to diesel, particularly aimed at company-car drivers. As it’s a hybrid, it uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor and is capable of up to 50.4mpg, which we were able to get close to with an average of 46mpg in our test. Its CO2 emissions of 127g/km are the lowest in the range and qualify for lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) ratings than the diesels. It isn't clean enough for the London Congestion Charge exemption, however, unlike some rivals that have CO2 emissions below 75g/km.
On the whole, the Mondeo's fuel economy is competitive with rivals' – especially with a manual gearbox fitted. All Mondeos cost the standard rate each year to tax after the first year's CO2-weighted payment (except for hybrid models, which get a slightly discounted payment), but it's possible to tip over the £40,000 threshold if you tick every box on a high-end Vignale estate, in which case you'd pay an extra surcharge in years two to six.
The Ford Mondeo insurance ratings range from group 17 for the entry-level diesel model to 29 for the automatic-gearbox 2.0-litre EcoBoost Vignale.
The Mondeo gets the same three-year/60,000-mile cover as every other new Ford, which is disappointing considering the Kia Stinger comes with a seven-year warranty. It can be extended to four years for around £200 or to a maximum of five years for £350.
Ford has one of the biggest dealer networks in the country, so keeping your Mondeo maintained should be simple. Pay upfront for a Ford Premium Protect Plan and Ford will carry out two services over two years for around £400, or three services over three years for £600, with roadside assistance throughout Europe also included.