All Mondeo Estates get a DAB digital radio, voice control, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, and an 8.0in touchscreen, which has decent graphics but can show up fingerprints quite badly – particularly in direct sunlight.
The screen’s usability is more of a problem. While it’s easy to access certain functions from the home menu – which is split into four sections for quick access – from there on you’ve got plenty of small icons that are tricky to hit when you’re on the move, and it can be hard to figure out how to action some simple functions. If you select navigation, for instance (which is an affordable option on Style and Zetec, and standard on Titanium), it takes lots of prodding and more menus than you’d expect to simply input a destination postcode and activate the guidance.
Some may also find it frustrating that physical buttons exist below the screen for ventilation temperature and fan speed, but you have to use the touchscreen to divert the air flow.
The voice control is activated by pushing a button on the steering wheel, and is mostly effective, allowing you to select an artist from your USB-connected attached MP3 player and even change the climate-control temperature. You can control just about every audio function from the standard multifunction steering wheel, but the number of buttons on the wheel can be a bit confusing.
With two USB connections and two 12v sockets – one in the front and one in the back, charging shouldn’t be a problem.