Diesel options kick off with a 1.6-litre engine, which happens to be our favourite. It accelerates smoothly from low revs and is brisk enough for relaxing everyday use.
Then there’s a 2.0-litre diesel that’s available with a range of power outputs. The 148bhp version (badged TDCi 150) is satisfyingly punchy and flexible, and doesn’t feel much slower than the 177bhp option. The 148bhp unit is also available in Econetic form, which has slightly different gearing to help lower its CO2 emissions, but doesn’t feel very different from the standard version to drive.
There are three turbocharged petrol engines – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 123bhp, a 1.5 with 158bhp and a 2.0 with 236bhp. Of these, we’ve driven only the 1.5, which offers smooth, strong acceleration; it’s really nice to drive in general, but its comparatively high running costs will rule it out for most Mondeo buyers.
We haven’t yet driven the 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid version, either.