Ford Mondeo Estate (2014 - present)

It’s the most practical version of the Ford Mondeo but the estate doesn’t offer a great deal more space

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Comfortable and quiet, making it ideal for long journeys
Feels solid and well-built
A spacious interior and boot makes it practical

Weaknesses 

Some early reliability concerns
More expensive than similar models
Many safety features are only optional
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The Ford Mondeo estate is meant to be the car of choice for families who need extra luggage space. But its 500-litre boot is smaller than the 541-litre one in the standard car. Which means that you’re better off buying the cheaper Mondeo hatchback or looking elsewhere.

The review could end there, but there is more to say. Despite the figures, the Mondeo estate is the biggest version of the car, with extra space created by a roof that remains flat right up to the bootlid, rather than curving down gently, as it does in the hatchback,

But boot space is measured up to the bottom of the rear window because you don’t want to regularly block your rear view by piling luggage in front of it. This means that the extra space in the estate isn’t counted, making it smaller than the hatchback.

If you put the seats down, you can create a 1605-litre space (measured up to the roof of the car) which is around 170 litres more than you get in the hatchback with folded seats.

Even so, that’s less space than a Skoda Superb estate, VW Passat estate and Mazda 6 Tourer. Even the boot of the Skoda Fabia estate - a supermini - is bigger.

If you’re set on a Mondeo, you might still pick the more expensive estate over the hatchback because the bootlid opens to reveal a larger opening, making it easier to load bulky luggage.

Inside, the flat roof means that there’s more headroom for rear passengers. On a less practical note, you might prefer the look of the estate.

Apart from this, there’s little difference between the different Mondeo models. Both hatchback and estate have a high-resolution dashboard touchscreen, Aston Martin-shaped grille and sharp creases, suggesting that the Mondeo man of 2016 is a designer shirt-wearing, tech-savvy confident entrepreneur

That’s the image that Ford is looking for, anyway. It has moved the Mondeo upmarket in an effort to attract families who are increasingly opting for crossovers. Vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and Honda CR-V mix the comfort and fuel economy of a conventional car with the higher driving position and flexibility of an off-roader.

It does come well-equipped, with alloy wheels and dual-zone air conditioning on all cars. Sat-nav is fitted to all but the cheapest model, but Ford has raised the cost of the car at the same time and the entry-level cost is over £20,000 - close to that of the VW Passat, but the VW comes with a higher-quality interior and more user-friendly dashboard screen.

At the top of the range is the Vignale model, offering cashmere leather seats, mood lighting, leather door panels and a rear view camera, raising the list price to more than £30,000. For that price, you could buy a well-equipped Audi A4, BMW 3-Series or Mercedes C-Class.

The Mondeo is more comfortable than a tall crossover because it’s closer to the ground, sits lower to the ground, which allows engineers to develop a smooth ride without the risk of the car leaning uncomfortably in corners.

But as this applies to the hatchback too, the initial conclusion remains: you’re probably better off with that car.

Last Updated 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 15:00

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
488 litres / 1,630 litres (seats down)
Width: 
1,852mm
Length: 
4,867mm
Height: 
1,501mm
Tax: 
From A (free) to I (£355 in first year and £230 thereafter)

Best Ford Mondeo for... 

Ford Mondeo 1.5 TDCi 120PS ECOnetic
Tweaked to be even more economical than the regular 1.5-litre diesel, this ECOnetic version has VED-exempt levels of CO2 emissions (99g/km) and a mightily impressive 74.3mpg combined official fuel consumption.
Ford Mondeo 1.0T 125PS EcoBoost
A tiny 1-litre engine powering a Mondeo might sound like a mistake but it has an official fuel economy figure of 54.3mpg and adequate performance (0-62mph in 12.1 seconds).
Ford Mondeo 2.0T 240PS EcoBoost 6-Speed Auto
The largest petrol engine in the range is the quickest. Combined with the automatic gearbox, the 2.0-litre engine can manage the 0-62mph sprint in 8.0 seconds and maxes out at 146mph.

Ford Mondeo History 

  • December 2014 The Ford Mondeo Estate goes on sale in Britain.
  • 2015 A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is added to the line-up , along with four-wheel-drive options and a powerful 210hp diesel engine.
  • 2015 Range-topping Vignale trim level added to range, introducing premium details and concierge service.
  • 2016 Ford adds ST-Line to model range, with sports suspension, sports seats and Ford Performance-inspired trim details.

Understanding Ford Mondeo car names 

  • Mondeo
  • Trim
    Zetec
  • Engine
    1.0T EcoBoost 125PS
  • Gearbox
    6-speed
  • Trim
    There are four trim levels in total (Style, Zetec, Titanium, Vignale), with each higher level costing more and adding more equipment as standard.
  • Engine
    The most efficient petrol versions of the Ford Mondeo bear the EcoBoost badge alongside the letter ‘T’, which indicates that they are turbocharged. Diesel models are marked TDCi. Engine power is given in horsepower, which can also be written as PS. The size of the engine is shown in litres but bigger doesn’t necessarily equate to more power.
  • Gearbox
    6-speed denotes that the car has six (forward) gears. There are also two automatic transmissions in the range, a standard 6-Speed auto and a dual-clutch Powershift version. The two clutches provide smoother and quicker changes.

Ford Mondeo Engines 

1.0T EcoBoost, 1.5T EcoBoost, 2.0T EcoBoost, 1.5TDCi, 2.0TDCi

The smallest petrol engine is the tiny 1-litre EcoBoost unit. It’s designed for good fuel economy, rather than high performance. Its 125 horsepower is more than enough for British roads, but acceleration is slow.

Stepping up to the 1.5T EcoBoost engine adds a little more power (160 horsepower), which cuts your 0-62mph acceleration time to 9.3sec - almost 3sec quicker than the 1-litre engine. It’s also smoother and quieter, without the thrum of the 1-litre engine.

You will be in a minority if you choose the most powerful petrol engine, the 2.0T EcoBoost, which has an official fuel economy figure of 38.7mpg. In real world driving, this drops to around 30mpg, which makes it expensive to run. Its high price for quick - but not nelectrifying - performance.

If it’s economy that you’re after, the 1.5 TDCi is the engine you’ll want in your Mondeo Estate. Indeed, the economy-focused ECOnetic version returns a very impressive 78.5mpg will make fill-ups a lot less regular.

The more powerful 2.0 TDCi comes in three power ratings: 150hp, 180hp and 210hp. The sweet spot is the middle version, which shaves a couple of seconds off the 0-62mph acceleration time of ithe smaller diesel engine (down to 8.5 seconds), while also returning fuel consumption of 58.6mpg.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0T EcoBoost 6-speed manual

Petrol

54.3mpg

125hp

12.1s

121mph

1.5T EcoBoost 6-speed manual

Petrol

47.9mpg

160hp

9.3s

135mph

1.5T EcoBoost 6-speed automatic

Petrol

43.5mpg

160hp

9.2s

130mph

2.0T

EcoBoost  6-speed automatic

Petrol

37.7mpg

240hp

8.0s

146mph

1.5 TDCi ECOnetic 6-speed manual

Diesel

74.3mpg

120hp

11.9s

116mph

2.0 TDCi 150PS 6-speed manual

Diesel

62.8mpg

150hp

9.4s

130mph

2.0 TDCi 150PS 6-speed Powershift

Diesel

58.9mpg

150hp

10.0s

129mph

2.0 Duratorq TDCi 150PS AWD

Diesel

57.6mpg

150hp

10.5s

130mph

2.0 TDCi 150PS 6-speed ECOnetic manual

Diesel

67.3mpg

150hp

9.5s

130mph

2.0 TDCi 180PS PowerShift

Diesel

58.6mpg

180hp

8.7s

134mph

2.0 TDCi 180PS PowerShift AWD

Diesel

53.3mpg

121hp

9.5s

137mph

2.0 TDCi 210PS PowerShift

Diesel

56.5mpg

142hp

8.1s

142mph

Ford Mondeo Trims 

Style, Zetec, Titanium, Vignale

The base Style trim features standard equipment that includes 16in alloy wheels, electric door mirrors, cruise control, 8in touchscreen with voice control, wireless Bluetooth phone connection digital radio and dual-zone air conditioning.

Stepping up to the Zetec trim adds 17in alloy wheels, front fog lights, brighter and more distinctive LED daytime lights sat-nav and a leather-trimmed gearknob.

Titanium trim level adds 18in alloy wheels, headlights that can automatically dip from main beam when traffic approaches, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and mood lighting.

The more luxurious Vignale trim includes parking distance sensors, a rear view camera, 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat and lane keeping alert.

Ford Mondeo Reliability and warranty 

The current Ford Mondeo has been on sale in America for longer than Britain where it has scored poorly for dependability. Previous-generation Mondeos have also been ranked low for factors such as reliability, so there are questions over the quality of the latest car.

The build quality of European cars is often better than US versions, so it may be that the latest car reverses the form of earlier models.
If you’re buying new, then you do have the reassurance of a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty - whichever measure arrives first. It’s fairly standard but doesn’t come close to the five years offered with the Hyundai i40 Tourer, or the seven years available with the Kia Optima Sportswagon.

Used Ford Mondeo 

The Mondeo is expected to hold its value well, but for this type of car, that means that it will be worth around 40% of its new value after three years. It means that you can make big savings with second-hand examples. You can get close to £10,000 off the cost of year-old cars, which brings their price down to £15,000 and presents a considerable saving.

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Ford Mondeo 1.5 TDCi 120PS ECOnetic

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Ford Mondeo 1.0T 125PS EcoBoost

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£28,560

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Ford Mondeo 2.0T 240PS EcoBoost 6Speed Auto

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Ford Mondeo Prices

Ford Mondeo ST-Line

1.5 ecoboost 165 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,172

You could save up to: £3508

2.0 tdci 180 st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,731

You could save up to: £3799

2.0 tdci 180 st-line 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,942

You could save up to: £3988

2.0 tdci st-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,083

You could save up to: £3697

Ford Mondeo ST-Line Edition

1.5 ecoboost 165 st-line edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,161

You could save up to: £3819

1.5 ecoboost 165 st-line edition [lux] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,723

You could save up to: £3907

2.0 tdci 180 st-line ed [lux] 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,494

You could save up to: £4386

2.0 tdci 180 st-line ed [lux] 5dr powershift awd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,035

You could save up to: £4580

2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,721

You could save up to: £4109

2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,932

You could save up to: £4298

2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition 5dr powershift awd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,473

You could save up to: £4492

2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition [lux] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,283

You could save up to: £4197

2.0 tdci st-line edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,072

You could save up to: £4008

2.0 tdci st-line edition [lux] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,634

You could save up to: £4096

Ford Mondeo Titanium Edition

1.5 ecoboost 165 titanium edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,459

You could save up to: £3421

1.5 ecoboost 165 titanium edition 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 37.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,044

You could save up to: £3621

2.0 tdci 180 titanium edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,019

You could save up to: £3711

2.0 tdci 180 titanium edition 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,230

You could save up to: £3900

2.0 tdci econetic titanium edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,382

You could save up to: £3618

2.0 tdci titanium edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,371

You could save up to: £3609

2.0 tdci titanium edition 5dr awd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,955

You could save up to: £3810

2.0 tdci titanium edition 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,581

You could save up to: £3799

Ford Mondeo Zetec Edition

1.5 ecoboost 165 zetec edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,643

You could save up to: £3137

1.5 ecoboost 165 zetec edition 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 37.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,228

You could save up to: £3337

2.0 tdci econetic zetec edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,652

You could save up to: £3348

2.0 tdci zetec edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,554

You could save up to: £3326

2.0 tdci zetec edition 5dr awd

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,139

You could save up to: £3526

2.0 tdci zetec edition 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,765

You could save up to: £3515

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