Really good on cheaper diesel models, but be wary of resale values
The cheaper diesel versions of the Mondeo Estate stack up well financially, because they undercut most rivals on price and emit less CO2, making them among the cheapest options in the class as a private or company car.
The Econetic version of the 2.0 TDCi is substantially more expensive than the 1.6 to run as a company car or to buy privately, although some buyers might see the hike in price as worthwhile for the extra pace, because even the 2.0-litre diesels are well-priced next to rivals provided you go for Zetec trim. The non-Econetic 2.0 TDCi is available in only high-spec Titanium, so isn’t all that recommendable.
Big savings are likely to be widely available across all the Mondeo models, and Ford’s finance is typically very competitive – albeit not quite so much as it tends to be on the Mazda 6 Tourer, which is often available with 0% interest and very low deposit requirements.
Resale values on the Mondeo wagon are likely to be comparably poor next to the VW Passat, though, especially for the petrol models. Servicing and insurance costs are good, and Ford offers a fixed price servicing deal that spreads the cost into monthly payments.
Ford Mondeo Estate equipment
Good, even on entry-level model
Even entry-level Style models are well equipped, coming with dual-zone climate control, cruise control and alloy wheels. Our favourite trim 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 – it’s worth it if you really want lots of kit.
Where Titanium X used to be a standalone trim, it’s now a pack that costs a fair amount, but does bring lots of high-end kit including adaptive LED headlights, leather interior, electric front seat adjustment and keyless entry, but we’d say it’s best avoided – especially if you’re a private buyer planning to sell on in a few years.
The top-end trim is Vignale, which adds a panoramic glass sunroof, a 12-speaker Sony sound system and a noise-cancelling system, among other things, but it’s very expensive to buy or run as a company car.
Ford Mondeo Estate reliability
Should be competitive
This generation of Mondeo gets a new platform and is too new to feature in the latest ownership surveys, but many of the engines are carried over from the old car and were awarded average marks for mechanical reliability.
Parts should be very widely available, and Ford’s dealership network is huge, so unless you live in very far-flung regions you shouldn’t need to travel far.
A standard three year, 60,000 mile warranty is included, or you can extend it to four years and 80,000 miles, or five years and 100,000 miles at a fair extra cost.
Ford Mondeo Estate safety & security
Driver’s knee airbag and lots of driver aids as standard
There’s masses of safety kit as standard on the Mondeo, such as emergency brake assist (where maximum braking pressure is applied if the system detects you aren’t braking hard enough) and seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.
There also a system that informs the emergency services automatically if an airbag goes off or the fuel pump is deactivated in an accident, providing you’ve got a functioning mobile phone paired to the Bluetooth system. Lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition – which shows the speed limit in the driver’s readout – is standard on Titanium and Vignale or optional on Zetec.
Other optional systems include automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, and even seatbelt airbags for the two outer rear seats, which help to reduce potential injuries caused by the seatbelt.
The Mondeo was awarded the full five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, and matched the VW Passat on all the key areas, but faired slightly worse for side-impact protection. Security experts Thatcham gave the car five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into, which is on a par with most of its rivals. All Mondeo models get remote central locking and an alarm.
Gets really good standard equipment, including climate control, cruise control, 16in alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel and 8.0in colour touchscreen with Bluetooth, two USB inputs, digital radio and voice control. Most buyers will want to add sat-nav, which is reasonably priced, and front and rear parking sensors, which aren’t. Doesn’t get body-coloured side moulding and bumpers, though.
Our pick Zetec
Our pick of the range, because it gets more comprehensive exterior styling finish than Style, as well as a heated windscreen, electric rear windows, power folding door mirrors, a ski hatch in the rear seats and front fog lights. Sat-nav and parking sensors will be popular options.
Worth looking at if you really value your luxuries, or are looking at the Mondeo as a budget alternative to an executive option. Includes 17in alloys and twin chrome-tipped exhausts, keyless start, sat-nav, auto lights and wipers, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition, which shows the speed limit on your dash. You can add the Titanium X pack to this trim, which is expensive but brings heated, electrically adjustable seats, leather upholstery and adaptive LED headlights. You’ll still have to add front and rear parking sensors.
We expect this trim level to be a rare sight on UK roads. It comes with a lot more kit as standard, and you get a personal Vignale Relationship Manager who will arrange for your new car to be delivered to you at home, as well as picked up and dropped off at service time. However, it’s very pricey to buy and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to secure the same discounts on this model as you can with the rest of the range. Weak resale values also mean that it’ll lose a lot of its value in the first three years.