2.0 EcoBlue ST-Line Edition 5dr
£25,565 - £32,795
8.9 - 10.3 seconds
131 - 138 mph
150 - 190 bhp
122 - 141 g/km
Fuel Economy (Combined)
54.3 - 62.8 mpg
Large and luxurious interior, great to drive, good choice of engines.
Might be too large for some.
The Ford Mondeo is a truly spectacular car. It manages to provide all the features you want from a family car; large interior, excellent safety, and combine them with all the needs of the driver, a great range of engines that can offer economy, performance or a mixture of the two, great handling and stylish looks. It really is difficult to find fault with this car, the only people I wouldn’t recommend it to are those who struggle to drive larger cars, as the Mondeo does feel big.
Ford have produced a whole host of engines to go with the Mondeo, so nobody should find themselves struggling to find an engine that suits their needs. The pick of the range in my opinion is the 2.2-litre TDCi, which was released in 2010. Producing 197 bhp and coming with a six speed gearbox this engine really does provide you with all round quality, a smooth engine with plenty of pace, (a top speed of 143mph) which won’t cost you a fortune at the pumps. If you feel you need something a bit smaller the 2.0-litre TDCi is a fine replacement. If you prefer a petrol engine the 1.6 EcoBoost is probably best suited to those looking for all round performance and economy. There is also an environmentally sound ECOnetic model available which is based on the 1.8TDi but produces just 139g/km of CO2 whilst rewarding you with 55 mpg.
The balance between comfort and responsiveness has long been the Holy Grail for makers of family cars; the Ford Mondeo could well have discovered it. It feels great cruising along the motorway and can handle rough surfaces without any problem whatsoever. Get it out onto a twisty A-road though and car handles like a much smaller car - responsive, with next to no body roll considering its size. If you want you can opt for Ford’s adaptive suspension, which offers you different settings depending on your driving requirements, but the basic setup is so good it hardly seems worth it unless you’re planning on throwing your car round the Nurburgring.
The new Mondeo is styled with ‘kinetic design’ like the rest of the Ford range, which means it is a marked improvement on the previous model. The distinctive Ford wheel arches and the smooth lines of the side make this look like a top of the range vehicle. Just the little touches, like the styling of the grille, and the designing of the headlights have meant the Ford can now really mix it with the big boys.
The Ford Mondeo looks like a sizable car on the outside but it isn’t until you get inside that you realise just how big this car is, I imagine Dr Who would get in and be surprised by the sheer space available. Both front and rear passengers are given loads of leg room, and all the seats are incredibly comfortable. The boot has a whopping 528 litres of space, and that’s without folding the seats down. If you are planning on moving say, an elephant, and need more space you can fold the seats down and make 1448 litres of space. As well as a spacious place to be it is also a quiet one, with wind noise cut down to almost nothing even when racing along the motorway. If I had to be picky, I’d say the sloping roof limits headroom slightly in the back and the windows are a little high for the little ones to look out of, but that shouldn’t detract from what is a truly cracking interior.
The Ford Mondeo comes with 5 possible trims, even the most basic of which is well equipped. The entry level model is the Edge, and already you find yourself with air conditioning, cruise control, CD stereo with MP3 connectivity, electric front windows, heated front window and mirrors and a leather steering wheel; not bad at all for your basic model. The Zetec is the next model up, this gives you 16 inch alloys, makes all your windows electric, and spreads the leather from the steering wheel onto the gear knob as well. The Ghia trim was chopped in 2010, so now above the Zetec you have the Titanium, the Titanium X and the Titanium Sport X, these come with features like automatic wipers and headlights, and a starter button.
The Mondeo’s 5 star Euro NCAP rating is indicative of how much work Ford have put in to making this one of the safest cars around. All models are fitted with ABS, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and seven airbags. There are also some nice safety options available on newer models, including lane departure vibration and blind-spot alerts, add to that a rear view camera, and an alertness assessor and it really is tricky to crash this car.
Since the revamp in 2010, Ford has priced the Mondeo more competitively, the downside to which being discounts are harder to come by, but if you are willing to haggle hard, you can get a great deal on a market leading car. The old Mondeo was very reliable and there are no reports of any major problems with the new one. As for cost to run, well that’s really up to you, with so many engines on offer you can decide how regularly you want to find yourself at the pumps.
Reviewed by cars2buy
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