The Mondeo Estate is hugely spacious up front, so even the tallest of drivers should be able to get comfortable. It has one of the wider interiors in its class, too, so there’s plenty of room between driver and front passenger.
The door pockets are deep and stretch back along much of the length of the door, so you could fit a 1.5-litre bottle in both, while two large fixed cupholders in the centre console can fit large takeaway mugs.
A sizeable glovebox and a shallow tray in front of the gearlever are all good for small items, while a deep central cubby that houses the USB sockets makes an ideal place to store your phone or larger items. A cushioned lid for the central cubby doubles up as a fixed but well-placed armrest in all trims. Those long doors make for good access to the front of the Mondeo Estate, too.
The Mondeo Estate doesn’t have quite as much leg room as the Skoda Superb estate, but it's still incredibly spacious, with a rear bench that will sit two tall adults in comfort and three without elbows clashing.
A deep seat base and a standard central armrest make the rear space a comfortable place to be, although middle passengers will find the raised floor, jutting-out centre console and firmer seat cushion less ideal.
Sizeable door pockets allow you to stow a 750ml bottle and all models get air-conditioning vents.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Mondeo Estate offers fairly conventional versatility. A 60/40-split rear bench is easy to fold via a lever next to the rear head restraints, and the seatbacks lie flat and are flush with the boot floor. All models also get a ski hatch that allows you to fold down a central ‘window’ through the rear seat, so you can feed long items through and keep the two seats either side free for passengers. It’s a shame, though, that the Mondeo Estate doesn’t come with the 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks that some rivals offer.
The front passenger’s seat adjustment is fairly conventional, with a lever-adjusted seat back-and-slide function, as well as lumbar and height adjustment.
Opting for the expensive Titanium X pack or Vignale trim adds heated, electrically adjustable, leather seats for passenger and driver.
The Mondeo Estate has a huge boot that will serve well, even in hard use. It’s fitted with two bag hooks, four lashing eyes and a low lip, so you don’t have to lug items too high to get them into the boot. It doesn’t get a variable-height boot floor or levers in the boot to drop the seats, though.
You can add a system that brings rails and a sliding separator, and a cargo net on the boot floor, to help separate or tie down loose items. A dog guard and a powered tailgate are also optional extras.
All the strengths of the hatch, plus a large, practical boot
A good estate car, but there are more reasons to buy its equal...