What's the used Ford Mondeo hatchback like?
The final Ford Mondeo may have rolled off the line, with this former icon now rather unfashionable compared with premium-badged alternatives and that young upstart the SUV, but there's still much to admire in this cut-price, family-friendly executive hatchback if you're buying used.
The Mondeo offers lots of space, for one, as well as top-notch driving manners. It's a mark of how significant it's been that its rivals are so far-ranging, from the large Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat on one hand to the more compact but upmarket Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series on the other.
ST-Line models gains a sportier look over a Zetect model thanks to its 18in alloy wheels, a body kit, sports suspension and gloss black exterior trim. ST-Line Edition trim has larger 19in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and red interior stitching with part-leather upholstery.
The Mondeo makes a strong case for itself out on the road because the ride quality on almost every version is comfortable, while all but the least powerful engines offer a good slug of low-down grunt that makes the car feel punchy and responsive. And with the exception of steering that’s a touch on the light side, the Mondeo handles as well as you’d hope, changing direction deftly and keeping body lean in check remarkably well for such a big car.
Inside, the Mondeo struggles to match up to those premium models; while the dashboard is clearly laid out, it suffers from a few rather shiny-looking plastics, and the infotainment system is sluggish and fiddly to use.
Fortunately, there’s loads of space up front and there's plenty of space in the rear for three abreast for shorter journeys. The boot is enormous - although access in the hybrid version is restricted since it is a saloon-only model with a smaller boot opening than the hatchback of the regular model.