The production version of the Ford Mondeo Vignale has been revealed, and will cost from £29,045 when it goes on sale this summer.
What is it?
The new Ford Mondeo Vignale is a new version of the Mondeo that will be available as an estate and a saloon and will sit at the very top of the Mondeo line-up. It is more than just a high level of equipment, though, as it aims to give owners a more bespoke relationship with Ford.
The Vignale is made to stand out from the rest of the Mondeo range courtesy of a series of visual upgrades to the exterior. The front grille gets a hexagonal-shaped design that is bespoke to the Vignale range, while the lower grille, door mirrors and door cladding all feature chrome details. Other details have a high-gloss finish, while metallic paint comes as standard.
Vignale owners will also be able to call on a personal relationship manager and arrange things such as collection and delivery of their car when it needs servicing. There will also be a 24-hour technical support line.
A dedicated mobile phone app has been developed, available for Apple and Android users, which allows owners access to driving tips, traffic regulation information and a dealership locator.
Which engines does it come with?
Ford is only offering the Vignale range with high-power engines, and is offering a choice of petrol, diesel or hybrid powertrains. There are two 2.0-litre diesel engines: a 178bhp and a 207bhp version. The only petrol option is a 237bhp 2.0-litre Ecoboost.
All of these engines are available on both the estate and saloon version, while only the saloon is available with Ford's 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. CO2 emissions are unchanged over the rest of the Mondeo range, with the most efficient versions being the hybrid, which emits 99g/km, and the diesel saloon, which produces 117g/km. The highest emissions are on the 2.0-litre petrol estate, which emits 176g/km.
How much equipment does it come with?
The Mondeo Vignale is based on the Titanium X trim, but adds several premium features on top. This includes a new Active Noise Cancellation system on the diesel models, which monitors the noise in the cabin and emits opposing sound waves to cancel out the sound from the engine. It also gets upgraded insulation to cut road noise from the cabin.
The front seats also come with a massaging function, while dashboard is covered in soft-touch materials.
It also comes with 18in alloy wheels as part of the package.
Other technology included as standard includes the latest version of Ford's Sync2 infotainment system, park assist with a perpendicular parking system, a city braking system, adaptive LED headlights and traffic sign recognition. The stereo is an upgraded Sony system, complete with 12 speakers. Other equipment includes front and rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera.
How much does it cost?
The Mondeo Vignale starts at £29,045, which buys the 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel saloon with six-speed manual gearbox. The range goes up to the all-wheel drive automatic 2.0-litre diesel, which costs £33,310.
Ford Mondeo Vignale saloon
2.0-litre hybrid - £29,795
2.0-litre petrol Ecoboost six-speed automatic - £30,550
2.0-litre diesel 180 six-speed manual - £29,045
2.0-litre diesel 180 Powershift automatic - £30,545
2.0-litre diesel 180 Powershift automatic AWD - £32,045
2.0-litre diesel 210 Powershift automatic - £31,295
**Ford Mondeo Vignale estate**
2.0-litre petrol Ecoboost six-speed automatic - £31,885
2.0-litre diesel 180 six-speed manual - £30,295
2.0-litre diesel 180 Powershift automatic - £31,665
2.0-litre diesel 180 Powershift automatic AWD - £33,310
2.0-litre diesel 210 Powershift automatic - £32,675
Can I get a discount?
Despite discounts of around 10% are available on the rest of the Mondeo range, according to our Target Price mystery shoppers, negotiating might be slightly trickier on the Vignale models. This is because Ford is aiming to protect the Vignale's future values in order to keep lease rates competitive.
It will also not be sending any out to short-term rental companies, or selling any on the Motability scheme, so there are less likely to be many nearly-new models around in the early months of the car's life.
Despite this, there is still a chance of a discount, so keep an eye on our Target Price details on the full Mondeo review.