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Ford Mondeo Estate (2015–)

Last updated 24 June 2019

 
4
Excellent blend of enjoyable driving and comfort. Spacious load area. Practical and well finished cabin. Well priced.
Volkswagen Passat Estate offers more technology and a better load area. 19-inch wheels impair ride quality.
Updated 9 June 2019

The Ford Mondeo Vignale 2.0 Ti VCT 187PS Hybrid estate is priced at £32,600.

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Introduction

The Ford Mondeo Estate is one of the most capable - and spacious - estates around. There's more to it than a big boot though. It's extremely comfortable, good to drive and offers plenty of modern technology.

In terms of size, the estate variant offers 525 litres of space with the rear seats in place and 1630 litres with them folded. Ironically, the hatchback has more space with the rear seats up, but in reality, the estate is much more practical due to its shape, with a larger boot opening, making it better for carrying bulky items.

Like the hatchback, the estate offers a great blend of enjoyable handling and comfort. The Mondeo rides quietly and smoothly, even over rougher road surfaces, yet offers a good level of engagement and precision through twists and turns. That said, the ride quality is upset by the fitment of larger optional alloy wheels.

The engine range is broad, with two petrol options and three diesels from launch. The petrol range initially kicks off with a 1.5-litre 160PS EcoBoost, plus there is a 240PS 2.0-litre, which is joined by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost in April 2015. Diesel options are a 1.6-litre with 115PS and a 2.0 TDCi with either 150PS or 180PS.

The 1.6-litre diesel manages an impressively low CO2 figure of 99g/km, giving it a low BIK rate for company car drivers and making it free to tax. The more powerful diesel options aren’t much more expensive to run, however – and they offer far more useful performance, especially on the motorway.

The Mondeo is available with the latest safety and convenience technology, including adaptive cruise control, lane assistance, automated parking and the latest SYNC 2 infotainment system. This is far easier to use than previous Ford infotainment systems, with intuitive controls and a clear display.

The new Volkswagen Passat is a little more practical than the Mondeo and it offers even more high-tech features, but it is appreciably more expensive and isn’t offered with petrol engines. With low running costs, competitive prices, a spacious load area and excellent driving dynamics, the latest Mondeo is a terrific choice of large estate.

Owners' reviews

4
Have just returned the (lease) car after 4 years use.
4
Mile Muncher
5
A fantastic car to drive.
5
superb Car
4
Great all round car
5
A brilliant, quiet and luxurious cruiser
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