Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Whether or not the Ford Mondeo makes financial sense for you really depends on how you're buying it. In order to make up for its heavy depreciation, you’ll need to negotiate a big discount, and the brand’s PCP finance deals aren't particularly competitive, either.
The Mondeo is rather more compelling as a company car choice; the 2.0-litre EcoBlue 150 diesel engine emits a relatively low 123g/km of CO2, although the equivalent engine in the Superb manages 103g/km, resulting in lower benefit-in-kind tax bills than a Mondeo driver will face.
However, the tables are turned when it comes to fuel economy; that same EcoBlue 150 diesel promises 61.4mpg, which beats any of the Superbs engines. The hybrid version, meanwhile, is unsurprisingly in an even lower BIK tax band. In terms of raw economics, it has its advantages, but, not being as good to drive or as practical as the other models, it doesn’t quite win enough brownie points to warrant choosing it.
Equipment, options and extras
It's the cheapest versions of the Mondeo that undoubtedly make the most sense; we reckon entry-level Zetec Edition trim is all you really need. It gives you plenty of standard kit, including 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and the 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav that we described earlier.
There’s also a sporty-looking ST-Line model that brings, more assertive styling and push-button start, but its bigger wheels and sports suspension do the ride no favours. Titanium Edition, meanwhile, brings automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry and start, as well as electric and leather upholstery with heated seats front seats.
In our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, the Mondeo performed well in the executive car class, beating the Audi A4 and Skoda Superb for customer satisfaction. As a brand, Ford finished 14th out of 31 manufacturers; a solid mid-table result.
Ford’s dealership network is huge, so, unless you live in a particularly far-flung corner of the country, you shouldn’t have to travel far to get any issues fixed. A standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty is included, although you can extend this for a reasonable extra fee.
Safety and security
The Mondeo was awarded the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP safety tests back in 2014, almost matching the individual category scores of the Volkswagen Passat, although the Mondeo fared slightly worse for side-impact protection. However, it's worth remembering that today's tests are more stringent than they were back then.
To help you avoid a shunt in the first place, all Mondeos come with automatic emergency braking and emergency assistance. Inflatable outer rear seatbelts (these help to more evenly distribute the force of the seatbelt as it tightens) and blindspot monitoring are on the options list. Meanwhile, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition is standard from Titanium Edition trim upwards.
Security experts Thatcham Research gave the car five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into. All Mondeo models get an alarm and engine immobiliser, too.