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).

 

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.

 

The only model available this quarter is the Hybrid:  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 £1895 for the saloon and £2095 for the Estate. The Titanium Edition has 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.