What's the used Ford Mondeo hatchback like?
Mondeo Man has got lucky in recent years; the Ford Mondeo has gone from strength to strength, maintaining its terrific driving manners while adding progressively more technology and efficient engines.
This fifth-generation model allies those characteristics to smart looks, in an attempt 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.
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 an enormous boot, and while head and leg room in the rear seats is less impressive, it's still comfortable and spacious enough for most.
Fortunately, the Mondeo makes a much stronger case for itself out on the road. 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.
A vast range of engines is available, with petrols ranging from a 1.0-litre with 123bhp 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 to a 178bhp 2.0-litre.