The Mondeo is hugely spacious up front, so even the tallest of drivers should be able to get comfortable – it’s certainly much roomier than a BMW 3 series or Volvo V60 and is on a par with the VW Passat. It’s the widest cabin in its class, too, and 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, and two large fixed cupholders in the centre console are simple but effective holders even for 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. Those long doors make for good access to the front of the Mondeo, too.
Ford Mondeo Estate rear space
Almost as spacious as the Passat, not so good for middle passengers
The Mondeo doesn’t have quite as much leg room as the VW Passat, but it is fractionally wider, and is still a really spacious rear bench that will sit two tall adults in comfort and three with minimal elbow clashing.
A deep seat base and a standard central armrest with two cupholders also makes it a really 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 Zetec trim and up get air-conditioning vents.
Ford Mondeo Estate seating flexibility
No clever tricks, but convenient nonetheless
The Mondeo 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 seat backs lie flat and are flush with the boot floor. Zetec models and up also get a ski hatch, which 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 doesn’t come with the 40/20/40 split rear seat backs that some rivals offer.
The front passenger’s seat adjustment is also fairly conventional, with a lever-adjusted seat back-and-slide function on Style trim; Zetec and up also get lumbar and height adjustment.
Opting for the expensive Titanium X pack and Vignale trim adds heated, electrically-adjustable, leather seats for passenger and driver.
Ford Mondeo Estate boot space
Huge boot, but a VW Passat Estate is more versatile
The Mondeo Estate has a huge boot that will serve well, even in hard use, but it does lag a fraction behind the size and usefulness of that of the VW Passat Estate. While the Ford gets two bag hooks, four lashing eyes and a low load lip that means 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 remotely drop the seats. Both of these feature in the Passat – and in higher spec versions of the Skoda Octavia Estate, which is a touch smaller but is also cheaper.
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.