Review: Ford Mondeo (2015)
Impressive quality and refinement initially made it stand out from the competition. Rides well with keen handling. Very spacious and practical interior.
Steering isn't as sharp as its predecessor. Bumpy ride quality on ST-Line models. Some of the diesels are quite noisy. Once the leader of the pack, but now starting to feel dated.
Ford Mondeo (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £25,345, brokers can source from £21,492
- Contract hire deals from £233.29 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 17–29
- On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
It might face an uncertain future against the backdrop of ever-increasing SUVs, but the Ford Mondeo still makes a strong case for itself by providing premium quality and comfort at a price that most family car buyers can still afford.
Like the previous Mondeo, this is a big car. In fact it's only slightly shorter than the Jaguar XF but has the same wheelbase as before. Ford worked wonders with the styling, adding a dash of coupe-like flair to the profile that makes it appear a lot less bulky than the model it replaces.
Yet it still has huge amount of space inside with a massive boot and lots of rear leg room that rivals the Skoda Superb and makes the Mondeo a comfortable fit for up to five adults on a long journey. The cabin is refined too and the high levels of standard equipment on the latest models (built from 2018 onwards) means you don't have to raid the options list to get things like touchscreen navigation, dual-zone air con or a centre arm rest for the rear seats.
Consequently it's an ideal motorway cruiser helped by economical engines, low road noise and a supple ride quality. These include a 1.5 TDCi diesel that emits just 94g/km and will average more than 78mpg according to the official figures.
Originally, Ford had intended offering the car with its 1.0 litre 3 cylinder 125PS Ecoboost engine, but later thought better of it, so engines started with a 150PS 1.5 4-cylinder Ecoboost (manual or 6-speed torque converter auto), 1.5TDCI and Ford's trusty 2.0 TDCi. Top engine remains the 240PS 2.0SCTI Ecoboost, now fitted with a 6-speed torque converter auto, though the 2.0TDCI kept its wet clutch Powershift. For the first time there is also a Mondeo Hybrid originall only available as a saloon.
The luxurious leather trimmed Mondeo Vignale was introduced in 2015.
By 2018, the Powershift automatic had been dropped, and automatics all became 8-speed torque converter.
Running throughout the latest Mondeo is a feeling of quality previously unseen on any Ford model. This Mondeo should mark a big change in how people perceive the Ford brand and as a family car it's a superb all-rounder. The market might be decline, but the Mondeo remains head and shoulders above its diminishing competition.
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Ford Mondeo (2015): What's It Like Inside?
Ford has worked hard to improve the refinement of the Mondeo and that's immediately obvious when you get behind the wheel: there is very little engine or road noise and the majority of the engines are quiet, with only the most-powerful TDCi diesels disrupting the peaceful tranquillity of the cabin.
There's a quality present throughout the Mondeo interior that's above anything Ford has produced before. All the materials have a quality feel to them with soft-touch plastics and padding on the dash and door tops. Ford has kept to a simple design with few buttons and an uncluttered look. There are instrument dials which remain analogue but have a digital display on the inside (including the needles that indicate speed and revs) giving it a modern edge.
It gets all the basics spot on with a great driving position, plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering column plus a nice weight to the gearshift and clutch pedal. The multifunction steering wheel is a little button heavy - which makes it tricky to operate without looking down - but the addition of an electric parking brake as standard means more room is freed up on the centre console, which has two cup holders and a useful cubby integrated into it with an armrest on top.
Storage is excellent with a two-level glovebox, large door pockets and extra stowage behind the swooping central stack. We're not so keen on the Sony infotainment design, it looks a little dated already, but the system works well and the large touchscreen in the middle of the dash is easy to use and looks good with a high resolution display.
Along with the quality, what really stands out in the Mondeo is the sheer space. Up front there's acres of room and you can put your seat so far back even six-footers will be able to stretch their legs out. Yet this doesn't come at the expense of rear passenger space. It remains incredibly generous, even with the front seats adjusted all the way back. Only the Skoda Superb can match the Mondeo for rear room.
The boot is equally as impressive. There's 550 litres of luggage room and the tailgate lifts up to reveal a wide opening with a low load lip. Even with a full size spare fitted as oppose to a tyre repair kit, there is still 458 litres of load space.
Another neat feature being debuted on the Mondeo are inflatable rear seat belts. This is essentially a small airbag integrated into the seatbelt strap, expanding in just 40 milliseconds in the event of an accident. It's designed to disperse the force of an impact across a body five times greater than a standard seatbelt.
Standard equipment from 2016:
Style models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB, Thatcham category 1 alarm, dual zone climate control, cruise control, Ford Sync 2 with 8-inch colour touchscreen, electric front windows, Isofix in rear seats, hill start assist, LED rear lights and an electric parking brake.
Zetec adds bodycolour bumpers and side mouldings, chrome window surrounds, Quickclear heated front windscreen, electric rear windows, front fog lights, cruise control with speed limiter, height and lumbar adjust on passenger seat, rear seat hatch.
Titanium comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, engine start button, sports seats, DAB navigation system, automatic headights, rain sensing wipers, traffic sign recognition, lane keeping aid, auto dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting and TFT instrument cluster display.
Titanium X gets dynamic LED headlights, leather seats, 10-way power front seats, heated front seats, keyless entry and privacy glass.
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What's the Ford Mondeo (2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.0T EcoBoost 125 to 2.0T EcoBoost 240 Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 22–65 mpg
This Mondeo has a stronger body structure than before yet is actually lighter thanks to features such as the magnesium tailgate. This helps the impressive ride quality which is further enhanced by a new multi-link rear suspension set-up. The result is a superbly absorbing and forgivingly smooth ride that deals impeccably with poor road surfaces. Only ST-Line models on 18-inch wheels and sports suspension will transfer any rattles or bumps into the cabin.
Another feature for this Mondeo is specially tuned electric power steering system designed to give a smooth and fluid feel. It's not as sharp as the set-up in the previous Mondeo and as a result it doesn't feel as responsive. Yet the Mondeo still handles very well.
There's little in the way of body roll and plenty of reassurance in corners, especially at higher speeds. However, when it comes to town driving and parking, there is no hiding the Mondeo's huge size. At 4.9 metres long and 2.1 metres wide the Ford makes city centre streets and parking bays feel worryingly small.
The engine range is comprehensive and includes the familiar TDCi diesels and EcoBoost petrols. The most interesting is the 125PS 1.0 EcoBoost, which may seem lightweight for a car of this size but delivers performance equivalent to the 1.6 TDCi while claimed economy is 55.4mpg.
In April 2015 a 1.5 TDCi diesel with 120PS was introduced alongside the 1.6 TDCi engine before eventually replacing it in 2016. These are the most economical models in the Mondeo line-up and make ideal company car choices. Both emit just 94g/km of CO2 and average 78.5mpg according to the official figures.
But it's the trusty 2.0 TDCi that's the most popular and it's easy to see why. With a blend of performance and economy it suits the Mondeo perfectly. The standard model has 150PS but it's the 350Nm of torque which makes it so strong. It's ideal for easy overtaking while at 70mph it's barely having to work. It's very quiet from inside the cabin with no vibration through the pedals or gear lever.
There's a more powerful 180PS version of the 2.0 TDCi that has 400Nm of torque giving it a 0-62mph time of just 8.3 seconds. Like the standard model it comes with a positive and easy-shifting six-speed manual gearbox which is lovely to use, plus there's a PowerShift automatic available.
In April 2015 a four-wheel drive version of the 2.0 TDCi was introduced and for our money this could be the ultimate Mondeo, especially if you fit winter tyres when the colder weather arrives. It's one car that can rival the Skoda Superb 4x4.
Alongside this, Ford also has a 2.0 TDCi with 210PS and a PowerShift gearbox as standard. As performance goes this provides very rapid progress alongside the 2.0 EcoBoost version. With 240PS, the latter is the most powerful model in the range and has a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds to provide the closest thing buyers can get to the long since discontinued Mondeo ST. However, economy isn't great and in everyday driving the powerful 2.0 TDCi diesel is annoyingly noisy at low revs.
The petrol alternative is a 1.5 EcoBoost that is incredibly smooth yet responsive. With 160PS it has plenty of power but thanks to the fact it's turbocharged it has 240Nm of torque from just 1500rpm. This means it pulls strongly from low down, but without the gruff nature of a diesel. Economy is good at 48.7mpg.
For the first time Ford is also offering a hybrid version of the Mondeo. It's only available as a saloon and is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor which gives a total power output of 187PS. With fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 of 99g/km it's certainly efficient, but then so is the Mondeo 1.6 TDCi. The Mondeo Hybrid also suffers from the usual problems of hybrid cars fitted with a CVT, meaning noisy acceleration and sluggish performance drive.
|1.0T 125||55 mpg||12.0 s||119 g/km|
|1.0T EcoBoost 125||55 mpg||12.0 s||119 g/km|
|1.5 TDCi 120||79 mpg||11.7 s||94 g/km|
|1.5T 160||48–49 mpg||9.2 s||134–136 g/km|
|1.5T 160 Automatic||44–45 mpg||9.1 s||146–148 g/km|
|1.5T 165||43 mpg||9.2 s||150 g/km|
|1.5T 165 Automatic||38–43 mpg||9.1 s||167 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 160||48–49 mpg||9.2 s||134 g/km|
|1.5T EcoBoost 160 Automatic||44–45 mpg||9.1 s||146 g/km|
|2.0 Ecoblue 190 Automatic||-||-||131–133 g/km|
|2.0 Ecoblue 190 Automatic 4WD||-||-||141 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150||57–69 mpg||9.3–9.4 s||107–115 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 4WD||47–59 mpg||10.3 s||124–127 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 ECOnetic||69 mpg||9.4 s||107 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 Powershift||52–61 mpg||9.9 s||120–125 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180||55–64 mpg||8.3 s||115–124 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180 Powershift||54–59 mpg||8.6–9.9 s||124–128 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180 Powershift 4WD||53–54 mpg||9.3 s||134–141 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 210 Powershift||57–59 mpg||7.9 s||124–134 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 210 Powershift 4WD||53 mpg||9.3 s||138 g/km|
|2.0T EcoBoost 240 Automatic||38–39 mpg||7.9 s||169–176 g/km|
|Hybrid||59–71 mpg||9.2 s||92–99 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Ford Mondeo (2015)
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