Ford Mondeo Estate full 9 point review
There’s a wide choice of engines, ranging from a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol to a mighty 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel. The entry-level (148bhp) 2.0-litre diesel is strong enough, so there’s little need to go for anything faster. The 158bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol feels decently strong from just 2000rpm, and makes the Mondeo Estate reasonably nippy if you work it hard.
Ride & Handling
The Mondeo Estate feels agile for its size, it grips well and has taut body control. It rides smoothly, too, smothering big bumps well around town and feeling superbly composed at motorway speeds. The steering is also precise, but it’s overly light and doesn’t give you a great sense of connection with the road.
The Mondeo Estate is a quiet motorway cruiser, with minimal wind noise disturbing the peace. Engine refinement is also good: the diesel engines are generally hushed, and while the 1.5 petrol does become a little raucous when revved, it settles to a barely audible hum at a steady 70mph. The six-speed manual gearbox (which is standard on most versions) has a light and precise – if long – throw.
Buying & Owning
Those after low tax bills need look no further than the efficient 1.5-litre diesel version. Its seriously low CO2 emissions, combined with a relatively low price, make it an attractive choice for company car drivers. By comparison, the 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol is suitable only for low-mileage private buyers. Servicing and insurance costs are competitive, and Ford offers enticing finance deals. Resale values aren’t great, though – something you need to consider if you’re buying privately.
Quality & Reliability
The Mondeo's interior features a soft-touch covering for the top of the dashboard and high-gloss coatings on the centre console. Some of the buttons and fixtures feel a bit cheap and flimsy, however, so you won’t be blown away if you’ve ever been in one of the Ford’s upmarket rivals. This generation of Mondeo Estate was too new to appear in the most recent JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but its predecessor scored average marks for mechanical reliability.
Safety & Security
All models come with seven airbags – including one to protect the driver’s knees – along with stability control and tyre pressure monitoring. There are also plenty of optional aids, such as automatic emergency braking and even seatbelt airbags for those in the two outer rear seats. This all helped the Mondeo achieve a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP. Security experts Thatcham awarded it five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
Behind The Wheel
The first thing that strikes you when you slide behind the wheel is just how big the Mondeo Estate is. The bottoms of the windows are quite high, so you have to sit with the seat cranked up, and even then it's not easy to judge the extremities of the car. Fortunately, the seat is supportive and has masses of adjustment, so you should find it easy to get comfortable. The pedals line up neatly with the steering wheel, too, while most of the controls are easy to use.
Space & Practicality
The boot is suitably large, with 525 litres of room with the rear seats in place. On paper that's less space than in the VW Golf and Passat estates, but the Mondeo’s long, wide boot still holds lots of luggage. There’s also no boot lip to negotiate when you’re lifting things in and out, although many rivals have simpler rear-seat folding mechanisms. At least there’s loads of rear legroom and considerably more rear headroom than in the Mondeo hatch, so even very tall adults will fit comfortably.
Entry-level Style versions are pretty well equipped, coming with dual-zone climate control, a digital radio, alloy wheels, cruise control and a reasonably slick touch-screen infotainment system. We’d recommend going for Zetec, though, which adds a heated windscreen, electrically folding door mirrors and electric rear windows. Titanium is also worth a look; it comes with sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, keyless engine starting, larger wheels and sports seats.