Review: Ford Mondeo Estate (2015)
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.
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Ford Mondeo Estate (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £27,145, brokers can source from £19,074
- Contract hire deals from £233.29 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 17–30
- On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure
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.
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Ford Mondeo Estate (2015): What's It Like Inside?
On paper the difference in load capacity between the Mondeo hatchback and estate isn’t all that significant – in fact, the measurements from the boot floor to the load cover give the estate a slightly lower volume at 525 litres versus 550 for the hatch – but the estate load area is a more useful shape and offers extra flexibility.
With the load cover out of the way there’s space to easily stack things to the ceiling, while folding the rear seats down frees up a huge 1630 litres of volume. That will be more than enough for most, but it is a little behind the Volkswagen Passat Estate which has 650 litres with the rear seats up and maximum 1780. The Passat has a slightly more user-friendly load area too, with more accessible mechanisms for folding the seat backs and a two-level floor.
The Mondeo offers plenty of space for passengers, with room in the rear row for adults to sit comfortably – though taller occupants may find their head brushing on the roof lining. There are no such concerns up front, though, where the Mondeo is fantastically comfortable and user-friendly.
There’s plenty of adjustment for the driver to get into a comfortable positon, though visibility could be a little better over the long bonnet. The instruments are clear and most functions can be controlled from the steering wheel, though the functions of the various buttons can take a little getting used to.
The typical clutter found on Ford centre stacks is gone, replaced with a much more user-friendly arrangement. Infotainment is taken care of by the new, standard-fit Sync 2 system, which has a slick, easy-to-use touchscreen and responds to a huge number of voice commands.
Ford is offering plenty of technology on the new Mondeo including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance and automatic emergency braking, plus an automatic parking system that can get you in or out of a bay or parallel parking space – though the latter is only offered as an optional extra.
Two small black marks against the Mondeo estate are no 'Karakuri' type rear seat latches allowing the seatbacks to be dropped after opening the hatch. You have to unfasten them in the normal way. And the load cover cannister is particularly difficult to remove.
Style is the base model and comes with an 8-inch SYNC 2 touchscreen system, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, EasyFuel misfuelling prevention, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electric front windows, two Isofix rear mounting points, electric parking brake, hill start assist, LED tail lights, chrome rood rails and a tonneau cover.
Zetec models gain additional body colour bumper mouldings, chrome window trims, Quickclear heated windscreen, electric rear windows, speed limiter, front fog lights and a ski hatch.
Titanium trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, starter button, sports seats, navigation system, automatic and autodipping headlights, automatic wipers, traffic sign recognition, lane assist, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting and TFT instrument binnacle.
Titanium X pack adds dynamic full-LED headlights, leather seat trim, 10-way electrically adjustable and heated front seats, keyless entry and privacy glass.
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What's the Ford Mondeo Estate (2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.0T EcoBoost 125 to 2.0T EcoBoost 240 Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 27–60 mpg
Ford is well known for producing fine-handling yet comfortable cars and the Mondeo Estate doesn’t change the formula. It offers a comfortable, quiet driving experience even over poor quality roads – but it also manages to perform fantastically through corners, with precise steering and great body control.
Enthusiastic drivers will appreciate the smooth steering and gentle feedback through the steering wheel and suspension, letting you feel the road surface. Despite being a good drive, long distance travel is effortless thanks to impressive refinement, comfortable seats and technology like adaptive cruise control.
Having said that there are a few caveats - the steering, while impressive, doesn't offer quite the same amount of feedback as the previous Mondeo. Additionally, the 19-inch alloy wheels have an impact on the amount of road noise and the comfort levels, so are best avoided.
Initially the Mondeo Estate is available two petrol choices and three diesels. The petrol options are 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre, with power outputs of 160PS and 240PS, respectively. These might suit a lower mileage private buyer or a more enthusiastic driver, but for most a diesel will make a more sensible choice, particularly for a company car.
The entry-level diesel is a 1.6 TDCi with 115PS. This is the most frugal choice, with official economy of 74.3mpg and emissions of 99g/km, meaning free VED and a low company car BIK rate. Despite a fairly modest power output it is a respectable motorway performer, but it lacks the punchiness of the larger 2.0-litre TDCi engines, available in either 150PS or 180PS outputs.
These would be our choice, since they aren’t significantly poorer in the economy and emissions stakes, with the 150PS Econetic coming at 109g/km and 67.3mpg. They’re more versatile, though – both are smooth and quiet, plus they have impressive in-gear performance thanks to healthy peak torque outputs - 350Nm for the 150PS engine and 400Nm for the 180PS version.
Automatic drivers have plenty of engines to choose from. The 240PS petrol comes with an automatic transmission as standard, while the 160PS petrol is offered with it as an option. Those who want a diesel can specify a smooth twin-clutch PowerShift automatic with either the 150PS or 180PS 2.0-litre engine.
From April 2015 buyers can choose the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which offers a low-emission alternative to the 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.6 diesel itself will be complemented by a 1.5-litre diesel producing 120PS, before eventually being phased out.
|1.0T EcoBoost 125||54 mpg||12.1 s||120 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi||74 mpg||11.9 s||99 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 160||47–48 mpg||9.3 s||137–139 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 160 Automatic||43–44 mpg||9.2 s||152–154 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 165||43 mpg||9.3 s||152 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 165 Automatic||37 mpg||9.2 s||172 g/km|
|2.0 Ecoblue 190 Automatic||-||-||136–137 g/km|
|2.0 Ecoblue 190 Automatic 4WD||-||-||143 g/km|
|2.0 Hybrid||-||-||103–111 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150||57–66 mpg||9.4–9.5 s||109–117 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 4WD||47–58 mpg||10.5 s||127–131 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 ECOnetic||67 mpg||9.5 s||109 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 Powershift||47–59 mpg||10.0 s||123–128 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180||55–63 mpg||8.4 s||117–119 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180 Powershift||52–63 mpg||8.4–8.7 s||119–130 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180 Powershift 4WD||52–53 mpg||9.5 s||127–141 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 210 Powershift||54 mpg||8.1 s||129–134 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 210 Powershift 4WD||53 mpg||9.5 s||141 g/km|
|2.0T EcoBoost 240 Automatic||37 mpg||8.0 s||174–176 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Ford Mondeo Estate (2015)
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