What alternatives should I consider to a used Ford Mondeo hatchback?
The most obvious contender is the Volkswagen Passat, which has a classier interior and a slightly more comfortable ride than the Ford Mondeo, although the obvious downside is that you have to make do with a less practical saloon body as opposed to the Mondeo’s hatchback.
If you’re willing to accept a slightly older or higher-mileage car for your budget, we’d point you in the direction of the BMW 3 Series. Again, it doesn't have a hatchback, but it does have handling that’s even more involving than the Mondeo’s, a smart interior with excellent infotainment and some extremely efficient diesel engines.
On the other hand, if money is more of a factor, you could take a gander at the Vauxhall Insignia, which isn’t as refined or as comfortable as the Mondeo, but low prices make it an awful lot of car for cash. Handily, it’s also available with a hatchback rear.