What alternatives should I consider to a used Ford Mondeo hatchback?
The Mondeo’s arch rival is the Vauxhall Insignia, which went on sale in 2008 and looks classier inside and out. However, it’s cramped in the back and nowhere near as enjoyable to drive, due to limited grip and a choppy low-speed ride.
Volkswagen’s Passat is much more worthy of your consideration. Like the Mondeo, it can seat four adults in comfort, and, while it’s no classier inside, it has a more logical control layout and is a quiet and comfortable cruiser that makes light work of long journeys.