What's the used Ford Mondeo like?
The declining popularity of large cars such as the Ford Mondeo Estate in recent years can be attributed to the seemingly unstoppable rise of SUVs. For the used car buyer, this has its pros and cons, because while it means second-hand values are very reasonable, there is also a smaller supply than would have previously been the case.
However, if you are prepared to commit the time to finding a Mondeo Estate that meets your requirements, you will be rewarded with one of the most impressively executed Fords of recent years, built at a time when the company was consistently nailing the balance of ride and handling. For the Mondeo, Ford even made a big deal about how it had stuck with hydraulic power steering rather than its more modern electrically assisted set-up, simply because it delivered more feel.
The Mondeo Estate is quiet to drive on the motorway, and while the engines aren’t quite as hushed as those you’ll find in an equivalent Volkswagen Passat, nor are they terribly far off. Another of the Mondeo Estate’s biggest assets - its size - is also one of its drawbacks. This is a car that feels like it has outgrown modern parking spaces, not helped by how difficult it is to judge where the corners of the car are. The pay-off is an enormous boot and seats that will easily accommodate four tall passengers. To further boost practicality, the rear seatbacks fold in a 60/40 split and the boot itself is well shaped, making it possible to load bulky items.
Petrol engines from launch included a 1.6, a 2.0 and fast but thirsty 2.3 and 2.5-litre units. It is the diesels that are most popular, though, whether in 1.8 or 2.0-litre form or the later 2.2-litre twin-turbo.
Various new engines were added to the range throughout the Mondeo’s life, with significant additions being a 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit with up to 237bhp to replace the old 2.5 (the same engine would later be used in the Focus ST) and, from the 2010 facelift, new turbocharged petrol and diesel engines of 1.6 litres. At the same time, Ford’s Powershift dual-clutch automatic gearbox was made available on the Mondeo.