The Ford Mondeo is a big family car that faces direct competition from the Mazda 6, Volkswagen Passat and Volvo S60. It’s competitively priced, undercutting the Passat by a substantial amount despite having a fairly generous kit level, plus it gets a big hatchback boot opening that makes for much better access than with the narrow opening of the Mazda, VW and Volvo saloons. The Mondeo also handles better than every rival other than the more expensive, smaller BMW 3 Series.
Only some slightly cheap-feeling cabin materials, poor resale values and a complicated multimedia touchscreen system let it down.
There’s a good range of petrol and diesel engines. We’d go for the 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel, which offers the best blend of performance and costs, although the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is also a good choice in our favoured Zetec trim.
A petrol-electric hybrid version is also available, and is the only variant that comes with a saloon body. It’s expensive, though, and company car costs are no better than those of some diesel versions, which are far more recommendable.