Review: Ford Mondeo (2007 – 2015)
Very good to drive. Refined and comfortable to travel in. Massively roomy cabin and huge boot. Reasonable value. Efficient ECOnetic and EcoBoost models.
Large size means it can be tricky to park without parking sensors. Top model list prices quite high new.
Ford Mondeo (2007 – 2015): At A Glance
Like most modern cars, the Ford Mondeo has grown in size to be bigger - and in this case better - than before. It's also more comfortable, refined and well equipped than ever, making the third generation Ford Mondeo a popular choice among savvy buyers.
The practical hatchback version boasts a huge boot, but there's also a saloon and a cavernous estate available. Whichever you go for, you'll be rewarded with a high quality and well built car that's great to drive, quiet and powered by a range of engines that offer everything from strong performance to outright economy.
It's so good that it's a genuine alternative to far more expensive cars from premium makes such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but you'll get far more car for your money, albeit without the associated image kudos the German brands enjoy.
The top versions are amazingly well equipped and have a luxury feel inside, while the entry-level models are superb value for money. It even looks good. In fact, there's very little to fault with the latest Mondeo, which is why it's one of our favourite cars. In 2009, the ECOnetic versions were launched which major on efficiency and low emissions. The 2.0 TDCI model has an impressive claimed fuel economy of 54.3mpg and emits 139g/km of CO2.
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Ford Mondeo (2007 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?
It's big both outside and inside. As big as the old Granada Scorpio, yet with a lot more rear seat head and legroom and a massive 540 litre boot. It actually feels bigger inside than the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E Class.
It's also very comfortable, with superb seats you never have to readjust. It has excellent ride quality. The roadholding and handling are terrific. And both engines we tried were very strong too.
If Audi, BMW and Mercedes owners drove it without knowing what it was, most would think it was a better car. But as soon as they found out it was a Ford, badge snobbery and the fear of massive depreciation would start getting in the way.
Ford has addressed that by raising specification levels, reducing ‘list' prices and cutting fleet discounts. Instead of churning out fields of LXs for rental fleets they are concentrating on high spec cars to order. There are so many combinations and options that no two Mondeos in the 50,000 a year Ford expects to sell in the UK need be exactly alike. And the production line in Genk, Belgium, is so flexible, it can instantly switch between Mondeo saloons, Mondeo hatchbacks, Mondeo estates, S-Max and Galaxys. Currently producing 860 a day it can be ramped up to 1,200 a day.All new Mondeos feature innovations such as Ford's patented Easyfuel system that very cleverly prevents a narrow petrol pump nozzle fitting the wider orifice of a diesel car. (The fatter diesel pump nozzle hits a circular lock-ring that opens the flap.)
All have strong safety features including Electronic Stability Programme with Electronic Brake Assist, Intelligent Protection System with driver knee and full-length side curtain airbags, active headrests on the front seats, emergency hazard warning lights that activate if you brake hard.
Basic spec also includes electric front windows, electric heated door mirrors, follow-me-home lights, 'Smart' screen wipers that automatically switch down one setting at speeds of less than 2km/h, trip computer, air-conditioning, driver's seat adjustable lumbar support, front and rear armrests and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm.
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What's the Ford Mondeo (2007 – 2015) like to drive?
If I keyed in every model variation and option below I'd be at it for days, so I've had to restrict it, but from just a casual glance you'll get the idea.
The cars we drove were either 220PS 2.5T petrol or 140PS 2.0 turbodiesels. Production began on 27th March. Automatics will start coming off the lines by June, together with 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol and 1.8 diesel engines. A few months later we'll start to see the new chain-cam 161PS 2.3 petrol auto. And early next year we'll get Ford's version of the Ford/PSA 2.2 litre twin-turbo diesel with manual or automatic transmissions.
The ‘220' PS 2.5T actually puts out 217PS on 95 Ron petrol or 230PS on 98-99Ron Super. It's the same engine as the Focus ST 220 (so easily Bluefinnable to 260PS +). And as standard it gives the car a 0-60 of 7.2 seconds and a top speed: 152mph. Rather quicker than the old Scorpio 24v, and even on Ghia X spec 17" wheels with standard suspension the chassis is more than capable of handling it. Quick, yet limo-like at the same time.
You can switch off the standard ESP at any speed and it stays off. You can specify and Interactive Vehicle Damping System that gives you three levels of damping: comfort, normal and sport. And though sport suspension can be specified on its own, IVDC with 17" wheels rather than 18s is a good option at £650.
We tried a 140PS diesel estate fitted with this combination and it gave the best of all worlds. Soft and comfortable in town at the expense of fairly severe roll angles with increased understeer and tyre squeal when cornering. Yet tight and controlled on ‘Sport'. Really, the Ford/PSA 2.0 litre diesel is a smarter choice of engine too. It's punchy enough, yet pulls a relaxed 35mph per 1,000rpm in 5th, and if you're driving normally you'll easily achieve fuel economy in the mid 40s.
You might want to wait for the 2.2 litre twin-turbo diesel arriving next year. But the 2.0 litre diesel is really more than good enough for most drivers. And I'll be very interested to try the automatic when it arrives in June/July.
I guess the car that's going to feel the heat from the new Mondeo most intensely is the VW Passat. Mondeos were always better drivers' cars, yet Passats managed to portray an illusion of quality that gave them higher used values. The new Mondeo not only leaves the Passat eating dust, it feels better built as well.
|1.6 EcoBoost||44 mpg||9.3 s||149 g/km|
|1.6 EcoBoost Start-Stop||44 mpg||9.3 s||149 g/km|
|1.6 TDCi Start-Stop||66–67 mpg||11.9 s||109–112 g/km|
|1.6 Ti-VCT||42–42 mpg||12.3 s||156 g/km|
|1.6i||38–39 mpg||-||170–177 g/km|
|1.6i 110||39 mpg||-||170 g/km|
|1.6T EcoBoost||44 mpg||9.3 s||149 g/km|
|1.6T EcoBoost Start-Stop||44 mpg||9.3 s||149 g/km|
|1.8 TDCi||49–50 mpg||10.7 s||149–154 g/km|
|1.8 TDCi 100||50 mpg||-||149 g/km|
|1.8 TDCi 6-speed||49 mpg||-||154 g/km|
|1.8 TDCi ECOnetic||53 mpg||-||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi||48–54 mpg||-||139–156 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 115||53 mpg||11.2 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 140||48–63 mpg||9.5 s||119–156 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 140 PowerShift||50–54 mpg||10.2 s||136–149 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 163||50–63 mpg||8.9–9.5 s||119–149 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 163 PowerShift||50–54 mpg||9.5 s||136–149 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi ECOnetic||54 mpg||-||139 g/km|
|2.0i||36 mpg||9.9 s||184–189 g/km|
|2.0i Flexi-fuel||36 mpg||-||189 g/km|
|2.0T EcoBoost PowerShift||37–37 mpg||7.5–7.9 s||179 g/km|
|2.2 TDCi||46 mpg||-||165 g/km|
|2.2 TDCi 200||44–47 mpg||8.1–8.4 s||159–173 g/km|
|2.2 TDCi 200 Automatic||44 mpg||8.4 s||173 g/km|
|2.5T||30 mpg||-||222 g/km|
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