Diesel options kick off with a 1.6, which is our pick of the range for company car buyers. It accelerates smoothly from low revs and is brisk enough for relaxing everyday use, as well as offering the best company car tax costs. So don’t be put off by the prospect of a small engine in a big car – it does the job well.
The 2.0-litre diesel is available with two power outputs. The 148bhp version is satisfyingly punchy in most situations, although it can feel a little sluggish in top gear on the motorway when you need more acceleration. It doesn’t feel much slower than the 178bhp option, though, so the higher-powered model is hard to justify.
The 148bhp 2.0 TDCi is also available as an Econetic version, which has slightly different gearing to the standard version in order to get lower emissions, but doesn’t feel very different to drive and is worth considering.
There are three turbocharged petrol engines: a turbocharged 1.0-litre unit with 124bhp, a turbocharged 1.5 with 158bhp and a 2.0-litre engine with 237bhp. We’ve driven the 1.5, which offers smooth acceleration and doesn’t need to be worked hard despite the small capacity, and is really nice to drive in general, but running costs will rule it out for most Mondeo buyers.
All engines – diesel and petrol – get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, apart from the 2.0-litre petrol, which has a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.