Ford Mondeo

Ford Mondeo motability car hatchback

The new Ford Mondeo is a five door hatchback and estate car, this fifth generation model has been on sale in the US since 2013 but due to the relocation of production for Europe from Belgium to Spain, the outgoing model had an extended lifespan of almost eight years. Styling wise the new Mondeo has the wide flat front grille that is evident across all new Ford models, and this Mondeo is considerably more streamlined than the outgoing model giving a 10% reduction in drag but this does mean that the headroom for rear passengers is compromised. The Mondeo retains its cavernous interior and comfortable seating position that will see you eating up the motorway miles in comfort. The front dash is considerably cleaner and is dominated by an 8″ touchscreen that controls the audio, the syncing from your mobile device and Sat Nav (titanium model).  Competition comes in the form of the excellent Mazda 6 which we believe to be a better drive, the super new Vauxhall Insignia.


Ford Mondeo motability car hatchback sideThree models are available on the Scheme, the Zetec Edition, the sporty ST Line edition and the range topping Titanium Edition, the Titanium X has been replaced by the Vignale which is not on the Scheme. The Zetec Edition is well appointed with 17 inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps & LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, power folding door mirrors with puddle light, front and rear parking sensors, DAB Audio with Navigation System, SYNC 3 with 8″ colour touchscreen, emergency assistance, Active City Stop, dual zone electronic auto temperature, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter and the excellent heated front windscreen. The Titanium Edition adds 18 inch alloy wheels, start button and keyless entry, automatic automatic lights and wipers, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping aid, premium leather seats, 10-way driver & passenger power seats (drivers seat with memory) and variable heated front seats. The St Line Edition has 19 inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, full body styling kit, rear privacy glass, aluminium foot pedal covers and partial leather seats – black with red stitching.


Ford Mondeo motability car Estate sideThe Mondeo is a big car, there is room for five, and in the standard hatchback a 550-litre boot, which expands to 1,446 litres with the seats down. The estate has slightly less seats-up room, with 525 litres, but has the larger seats-down capacity with 1,630 litres and has the advantage of a lower loading bay, that and the fact it looks great.  Power for the Mondeo comes in the form of two petrol and three diesel options, the 1.5 litre petrol offering 160bhp and an acceptable 48.7 miles per gallon with a 0-62 time of 9.2 seconds is a super all rounder for those who cover lower milage, it can be paired to a six speed manual or a six speed automatic gearbox.


Ford Mondeo motability car dashTwo diesels are available, both 2.0 litre with either 150 or 190bhp which we feel makes is the better choice for a blend of power and economy over the 1.5 litre petrol, we would favour the 150 as the 190 does not feel much more powerful unless you need the all wheel drive system avaialble on the 190 automatic.  The two litre diesel can be matched with a 6 speed manual or an eight speed automatic. Fuel economy for the 1.5 litre petrol is a lowly 36.2 for a combined WLTP cycle, the diesel manual fares much better at 52.3 mpg and the 190 Auto all wheel drive diesel can return 45.6 mpg. Q3 Prices are for Hatchback, add £200 for Estate.

Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Ford have added the Mondeo hybrid in saloon and estate, the problem is the technology is carried over from the old car and it was not great then. The batteries eat into the luggage space so the Toyota Corolla estate has more room and offers a better hybrid system. Whereas the standard Mondeo has a decent 500-litre boot, the Hybrid has just 386 litres of space and it is also a booted saloon and not a hatchback. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is boosted by a small electric motor fed from a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery. Prices are £1795 for the saloon and £1995 for the Estate.