Ford Mondeo Hatchback full 9 point review
Diesel engines include a 1.5 and several 2.0-litre units. The 148bhp 2.0 is punchy, but the 177bhp version doesn’t feel significantly faster in practice, so is tricky to justify. The turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol isn’t brisk but its engine is willing, whereas the 1.5-litre petrol feels quite quick. If you want more performance, there’s a 236bhp 2.0-litre petrol and a 207bhp twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel.
Ride & Handling
The Mondeo handles well for such a large car; it feels agile, turning in to corners eagerly, and stays planted and upright through tight twists and turns. It’s pretty comfortable, too; most bumps and creases in the road are smothered easily, although bigger wheels can make things a little jittery around town. The steering is overly light and doesn’t give you a great sense of how hard the tyres are gripping, but it is precise.
All the diesel engines are quiet, but the 2.0-litre ones are particularly hushed, with only moderate noise at low revs that quickly fades to a distant hum when cruising on the motorway. Little vibration makes it through to the steering wheel and pedals, too. The 1.0 and 1.5-litre petrol engines are even more refined. There’s minimal wind noise, although road noise is noticeable at speed. The six-speed manual gearbox (standard on most versions) has a light and precise – if long – shift action.
Safety & Security
You get lots of safety kit as standard, such as emergency brake assist (where maximum braking pressure is applied if the system detects you aren’t braking hard enough) and seven airbags. Optional aids include automatic emergency braking and even seatbelt airbags for the two outer rear seats. The Mondeo was awarded the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, too. Security experts Thatcham gave the car five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
Buying & Owning
The cheaper diesel versions stack up well financially, because they undercut most rivals on price and emit less CO2. The same can’t be said of the most powerful diesels, which are available only in the pricier trim levels and aren’t nearly as efficient. Resale values are pretty poor, especially for the larger-engined petrol models. Servicing and insurance costs are competitive, though, and you’ll get a large discount. Ford offers tempting finance deals, too.
Quality & Reliability
There’s a soft-touch covering for the top of the dashboard and a glossy coating for the centre console, but some of the Mondeo’s switches and materials feel a little cheap; a Volkswagen Passat looks and feels classier inside. This generation of Mondeo was too new to feature in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but the old version was awarded average marks for mechanical reliability.
Behind The Wheel
The Mondeo feels like a big car from behind the wheel, so it can be hard to judge exactly where its extremities are. The driving position is excellent, however: the seat is supportive and has lots of adjustment, and the pedals are in line with the steering wheel. Most of the controls are simple to use, although the infotainment system could be easier to navigate.
Space & Practicality
The Mondeo is one of the longest cars in its class, so there’s plenty of legroom front and rear. The wide cabin means that carrying three in the back is relatively easy, although tall adults will be surprisingly short of headroom. Boot space is generous and the hatchback opening makes it easy to load bulky items. It’s a shame that folding down the rear seats leaves a step in the boot floor, however.
Even entry-level Style models are well equipped, coming with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a digital radio and alloy wheels. Our favourite is Zetec, which adds electrically folding door mirrors, a heated windscreen, electric rear windows and a height-adjustable passenger seat. We can see the appeal of Titanium, however, which also gets sat-nav, automatic light and wipers, sports seats, push-button engine starting and larger wheels.