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Ford Mondeo hatchback (2006-2014) - Reliability & safety

The Ford Mondeo has been around a while, so any reliability niggles have been ironed out. It also comes packed with the usual safety enhancements.

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.6 out of 5

Reliability

Time is starting to catch up with the Ford Mondeo, and it’s no surprise to find it languished in a lowly 84th place in our 2014 Driver Power satisfaction survey. Even so, it finished ahead of upmarket rivals such as the Audi A4 for reliability. This should come as no surprise, because the Ford Mondeo is a tried, tested and remarkably durable model. The engines and gearboxes are used throughout the Ford range – a version of the 2.2-litre TDCi diesel even appears in the Ford Transit van – and the Mondeo shares many components with the hard-working S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs.

Safety

The Mondeo scored well for safety, scoring five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP – although that was back in 2007, and the test has been made tougher since then. Even so, the Ford has seven airbags in total (including one for the driver's knees), as well as electronic stability control. It’s also possible to add the latest safety technology, but bear in mind that not all models can be fitted with every feature. For instance, the Zetec Business Edition can be fitted with lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring for £775, but you’ll have to upgrade to a Titanium X if you want the option of £800 adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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