2015 Ford Mondeo 1.0 Ecoboost UK review
The large and spacious Ford Mondeo gets a small engine, in the form of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost. Do the two go together?...
The Ford Mondeo is by no means a small car, and not long ago the idea of a 1.0-litre engine in such a large vehicle would have been unthinkable.
However, the turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine has proved adept at powering the smaller Fords, like the Focus and Fiesta, and now it is available in the latest Mondeo.
It claims some impressive figures, despite its small size, with average fuel economy of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
What's the 2015 Ford Mondeo 1.0 Ecoboost like to drive?
Despite its small size, the 1.0-litre engine is remarkably quiet in the Mondeo. The only noise that creeps through from the engine bay is quite pleasing, as it gives off a slight thrum rather than ever sounding strained.
The rest of the outside noises are kept out impressively as well. At cruising speeds it is settled and there is not much in the way of wind noise, and only a small amount of road noise.
This version of the Mondeo is by no means fast, as you would imagine given its 0-62mph time of 12.0sec. It does have enough pace to cope with overtaking on the motorway, and the power arrives in a smooth and linear fashion - there is no real kick from the turbo to give a boost to the acceleration.
Otherwise it drives like all other Mondeos, which is to say impressive. The steering is precise, if light, and it rides comfortably - soaking up large and small bumps well.
What's the 2015 Ford Mondeo 1.0-litre Ecoboost like inside?
The Ford Mondeo is one of the biggest cars in its class, and it certainly feels like it when you are behind the wheel; it stretches out in all directions around you.
The real space is for the passengers further back in the cabin, though, with great amounts of leg and headroom in the second row. It is wide as well, which means that fitting three six-foot-plus adults into the rear should be possible without any issue.
The boot is similarly spacious, with a wide opening on the hatchback that allows large items to be loaded really easily. The only slight shame comes when you drop the seats. Even though you get a fantastic 1437 litres of space (up from 541 with the seats in place) it is a shame that the seats don’t drop totally flat when you fold them, leaving a bit of a step in the loading bay.
Up front, the surface materials on the dash feel good to the touch on the surface, but they lack the softness and quality feel of those in the Volkswagen Passat. The infotainment system is clear to read and understand, with the main functions easily accessed. However, many of the buttons on the touch screen are small, and require a precise and accurate prod of a skinny fingertip at times.
Should I buy one?
The most compelling reasons for choosing this version of the Mondeo are financial, as it makes a lot of sense on paper. It emits just 119g/km of CO2, which is impressive for a petrol model this size, and is some 15g/km less than the next cleanest petrol Mondeo.
One as-yet unknown is the real-world fuel economy. The same Ecoboost petrol engine in the Ford Focus falls some way short of its claimed 60.1mpg, instead returning a less impressive 40.7mpg according to our True MPG testers.
If you are planning on doing plenty of motorway miles, then the more compelling company car will still be the more economical diesel, especially when you consider the relative company car tax due on the 1.5-litre diesel model - it is only around £2 a month more for the diesel.
However, for those that are buying with their own money, or in cash, and are not doing a large annual mileage, then this is a very enticing version of an impressive all-round car.
What Car? says...
Ford Mondeo 1.0 Ecoboost
Engine size 1.0-litre petrol
Price from £19,995
Torque 125lb ft
0-62mph 12.0 seconds
Top speed 124mph
Fuel economy 55.4mpg