Lower-end models are competitively priced; relatively poor resale values
The cheaper diesel versions stack up well financially, because they undercut most rivals on price and emit less CO2, making them among the cheapest company cars in the class.
Provided you go for Zetec trim, the eco-special Econetic versions of the 2.0 TDCi 150 are well priced compared with other family cars, too. They cost more than the 1.6 Mondeos to run as a company car or to buy privately (it’s real-world True MPG result of 45.1mpg is nothing special, for example), although some buyers will see the hike in costs worthwhile for the engine’s extra performance.
The non-Econetic 2.0 TDCi 150 is fractionally cheaper to buy than the Econetic version, but it isn’t available in the lower-end trim levels, so isn’t as recommendable.
Big discounts are widely available across all Mondeo models, and Ford finance deals are typically competitive, so those looking for a low monthly payment should be able to negotiate a deal quite easily.
Resale values are relatively poor, especially for the petrol models, although servicing and insurance costs are good. Ford also offers a fixed-price servicing deal that covers the cost of services for up to three years, and you can even spread the cost out into small monthly payments.
Ford Mondeo equipment
Everything you could need, apart from parking sensors
Even entry-level Style models are well equipped, coming with dual-zone climate control, cruise control and alloy wheels. Our favourite trim is Zetec, which adds electrically folding door mirrors, a heated windscreen, electric rear windows (Style makes do with electric front windows only) and a height-adjustable passenger seat. We can see the appeal of Titanium, however, which also gets sat-nav, automatic light and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, sports seats, push-button engine starting and larger wheels – it’s worth it if you really want lots of kit.
It’s disappointing that parking sensors aren’t standard on any Mondeo, so we’d definitely pay the extra for them.
Range-topping Titanium versions are available with an optional Titanium X Pack. This costs a fair bit, but does include lots of high-end kit, such as adaptive LED headlights, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, and keyless entry. We wouldn’t recommend it, though, especially if you’re a private buyer that’s going to sell your car in two or three years, because you’ll lose more money than if you went for a more modestly specced (and priced) Mondeo.
Ford Mondeo reliability
Should be competitive, but little information yet; average warranty
This generation of Mondeo was too new to feature in our latest ownership satisfaction survey, although it shares some engines with the previous model, which was awarded average marks for reliability.
Ford as a brand scored well in our most recent reliability study, however, and replacement parts should be widely available and relatively cheap. Ford’s dealership network is also huge, so unless you live in a particularly far-flung corner of the country, you shouldn’t have to travel far.
A standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty is included, or you can extend it to four years and 80,000 miles, or five years and 100,000 miles for a reasonable extra cost.
Ford Mondeo safety & security
Loads of safety kit, particularly on Titanium versions; good security score
You get lots of safety kit as standard, such as emergency brake assist (where maximum braking pressure is applied if the system detects you aren’t braking hard enough), stability control and seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. There’s also a system that informs the emergency services automatically if an airbag goes off or the fuel pump is deactivated in an accident, provided you’ve got a functioning mobile phone paired to the Bluetooth system. Lane keeping assist and traffic sign recognition – which shows the speed limit in the driver’s readout – are both standard on Titanium models or optional on Zetec ones.
Automatic emergency braking is optional across the range, and there’s even the option of seatbelt airbags on the two outer rear seats, which help to reduce potential injuries caused by the seatbelt.
The Mondeo was awarded the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2014, with scores of 86% for adult occupant protection, 82% for child occupant protection, and 66% for pedestrian protection. These are virtually the same as those of the VW Passat, although the Mondeo fared slightly worse for side-impact protection.
Security experts Thatcham gave the car five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into, which suggests the Mondeo will be on a par with its rivals, which virtually all achieve the same ratings. All Mondeo models get an alarm and engine immobiliser, too.
This entry-level trim comes with lots of standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, cruise control, 16in alloy wheels, an 8.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a digital radio, two USB inputs, voice control and audio controls on the steering wheel. Most buyers will want to add sat-nav, which is a reasonably priced extra, and parking sensors, which are fairly expensive. It doesn’t get as much body-coloured exterior trim as higher-spec versions, either.
Our pick Zetec
Our pick of the range. It adds a heated windscreen, electrically folding door mirrors, rear electric windows, a height-adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar support, a ski hatch in the rear seats for carrying long items, and front foglights to Style trim’s kit roster. Sat-nav and parking sensors will be popular optional extras.
Worth looking at if you really value your toys or are looking at the Mondeo as a budget alternative to an executive car. Includes sat-nav, 17in alloys, automatic lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, keyless engine starting and lane-keeping assist. You can add the Titanium X Pack to this trim, which is expensive but brings heated, electrically adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights and keyless entry. You’ll still have to pay extra for parking sensors, though.