The Mondeo is hugely spacious up front, so even the tallest adults should be comfortable – it’s noticeably roomier than a BMW 3 Series or Volvo S60, and is on a par with a VW Passat. The cabin is particularly wide, too, so it does feel like there’s plenty of room between you and your passenger.
Access is good, thanks to the long doors and generous door openings.
The door pockets on either side are deep and wide, which means you can fit a 1.5-litre bottle on its side in each, and the two large cupholders in the centre console keep even large takeaway cups steady. There’s also a sizeable glovebox, a shallow tray in front of the gearlever that’s ideal for small items, and a deep central cubby that houses the USB sockets and an ideal place to keep your phone.
Ford Mondeo rear space
Good leg room, although head room could be better
The Mondeo doesn’t have quite as much leg room as the spacious VW Passat, but it is fractionally wider and has more than enough space to sit two adults in comfort and three with minimal elbow clashing. Particularly tall adults will be short of head room, but everyone else will be perfectly happy in the back of the Mondeo.
A broad, soft seatbase and a standard central armrest with two cupholders makes it a really comfortable place for two people; anyone in the middle seat will find the raised floor and firmer seat cushion less ideal.
Sizeable door bins allow you to stow a 750ml bottle, there are map pockets on the backs of the front seats, and Zetec versions and above also get rear air vents.
Ford Mondeo seating flexibility
Nothing out of the ordinary, and folded seats leave a stepped load bay
There’s nothing special about the Mondeo’s seats. The rear ones have a 60/40 split and are easy to fold down via levers next to the outer head restraints, but while the seatbacks lay almost flat, they leave a step up from the boot floor. Zetec models and above also get a ski hatch, which allows you to fold down the narrow central section of the rear bench, so you can feed long items through and keep the two seats either side free for passengers.
The front passenger’s seat comes with manual height and lumbar adjustment on Zetec trim and up, while opting for the expensive Titanium X Pack on Titanium models adds electrically adjustable front seats.
Ford Mondeo boot space
Big boot and a practical hatchback opening
A VW Passat has more luggage capacity than the Mondeo with its rear seats in place, thanks to a longer load bay, but because the Mondeo has a big hatchback boot opening (as opposed to the VW’s smaller saloon one), you get much better access. The boot is also a bit deeper than the Passat’s, so overall the Mondeo’s is the more practical boot.
It’s just a shame that you can’t get a variable-height boot floor or underfloor storage; instead, there’s a step down to the boot floor over the fairly high loading lip, and up again to the rear seats if you fold them down. A couple of bag hooks and four lashing eyes are practical features, however.
Only the hybrid model gets a saloon boot opening, which makes it less practical than the hatchback Mondeo models.