What's the used Ford Mondeo hatchback like?
For years, the Ford Mondeo has maintained its terrific driving manners while adding progressively more technology and increasingly efficient engines in an effort to beat off competition not only from its traditional rivals like the Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Passat, but also more upmarket alternatives such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
Looking back over this generation, a vast range of engines is available, with petrols ranging from a 1.0-litre with 123bhp, a 158bhp 1.5 and up to a potent but thirsty 237bhp 2.0-litre. If you’d rather a diesel, you can choose between four options ranging from a 113bhp 1.6-litre (replaced in 2016 with a 118bhp 1.5-litre) to a 2.0-litre with either 148, 178 or 207bhp. There's even a hybrid model with 184bhp.
The range kicks off with the entry-level Style model, which gives you dual-zone climate control, cruise control, 16in alloy wheels and a Bluetooth stereo. Step up to a Zetec model for 17in wheels, parking sensors, a heated front windscreen, plus Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system with sat-nav and a DAB radio. Bulking out the middle-of-the-range now is the Titanium Edition trim which includes 18in alloys, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry and ignition, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, leather upholstery, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. Top of the range Vignale adds 19in alloy wheels, LED headlights, tinted rear windows, a handsfree powered tailgate, premium leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and a rearview camera.
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.
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