Ford Mondeo (2015-present)

The Ford Mondeo is an impressive all-round family car, though some rivals are better value

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Quiet and smooth on the motorway
Extensive range of engines
Very spacious inside

Weaknesses 

Too pricey for what it is
Not as much fun as predecessor
VW Passat much more upmarket inside

Cars like the Ford Mondeo were so popular that, in 1997, they identified a new class of voter that propelled Tony Blair into power as prime minister: Mondeo man.

But Blair is long gone, and so is the dominance of large family hatchbacks like the Mondeo. Buyers are increasingly defecting to crossovers and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which offer the space, comfort, and some of the low running costs of a hatchback, but with the higher driving position and headroom of an off-roader.

So as well as other large hatchbacks and saloons, such as the Vauxhall Insignia, Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb and Mazda 6 to consider, crossover alternatives include the Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Edge and Mazda CX-5. However, bear in mind that many of the crossover rivals are notably pricier to buy or finance.

The Mondeo is available as an estate car with a larger boot, but most families will find that the hatchback is big enough, with a spacious interior and enough room for three adults in the back, plus a large 541-litre boot, which is bigger than most rivals, apart from the VW Passat and Skoda Superb.

The interior is well-built and the car's touchscreen is clear, but it lacks the upmarket materials and style of alternatives, including the Passat and even higher specification versions of the Mazda 6.

One black mark against the Mondeo, however, is Ford’s reluctance to include the latest safety features as standard – even on higher trim levels, automatic emergency braking, a blind spot information system and a rear parking camera are expensive optional extras.

One of the strengths of previous Mondeos was their feeling of being nimble, despite their size. But priorities have changes and the Mondeo is no longer much sportier than the Passat. Instead, it's been designed to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride, which is close to the best in its price-bracket - rivalling the excellent Skoda Superb, if not the pricier Mercedes E-Class.

But, there's no longer a stand-out feature that makes the Mondeo a must-buy car. Instead, it's a good all-rounder that's likely to appeal most if you can secure a strong Ford Mondeo discount or find a great value used model.

Last Updated 

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 11:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
541 litres
Width: 
1,852mm
Length: 
4,871mm
Height: 
1,482mm
Tax: 
£120 to £800 in first year, £145 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £205

Best Ford Mondeo for... 

Ford Mondeo 1.5 TDCi ECOnetic Style
Ford designates its most efficient models ‘ECOnetic’ and in the Mondeo that means you get a 1.5-litre diesel engine. This version won’t be breaking any speed records, but it’s incredibly cheap to run for such a big car, as it’s exempt from road tax (for models registered before April 2017) and can return more than 78mpg if you drive it gently.
Ford Mondeo 1.5 EcoBoost Titanium
Although the Ford ECOnetic diesel engine is incredibly efficient, we think the 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol is a more well-rounded choice for everyday family motoring. It’s reasonably economical, too, while Titanium trim packs extra safety kit that’ll keep parents happy
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 210 Titanium Powershift
This 2.0-litre diesel engine is very nearly as fast as the most powerful 2.0-litre petrol option, while also delivering more flexible performance for everyday driving. The Mondeo isn’t a super-agile sports car by any means but it’s reasonably satisfying to drive and you can make swift progress with this engine.
Ford Mondeo Vignale 2.0 EcoBoost 4dr Auto saloon
Expensive to both buy and run, this 240hp petrol-engined luxury-spec Mondeo is almost guaranteed to lose an awful lot of its initial value when you go to sell or trade in a few years’ time. If you can afford its asking price, you’d be better off in an Audi or BMW. If you're searching for a used model, this one could prove a bargain, however.

Ford Mondeo History 

February 2015 Goes on sale in UK

May 2015 Top-of-the-range Ford Vignale Mondeo is launched in Britain, offering a luxurious interior and high level of standard equipment.

Understanding Ford Mondeo car names 

  • Mondeo
  • Engine
    2.0 TDCi 180
  • Trim
    Titanium
  • Gearbox
    Powershift
  • Engine
    All Mondeo engines are turbocharged. There are 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrols, 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels plus a 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid model.
  • Trim
    The Mondeo is offered in a number of trim levels including Style, Zetec, Titanium and Vignale – each coming with progressively more standard equipment.
  • Gearbox
    Depending on exactly what engine you go for, you can have the option of four-wheel drive and/or Ford’s ‘Powershift’ automatic gearbox.

Ford Mondeo Engines 

1.0T, 1.5T, 2.0T (petrol); 1.5 TDCi, 2.0 TDCi (diesel); 2.0 TiVCT (hybrid) The Mondeo engine range starts off with a 1.0-litre turbocharged ‘EcoBoost’ engine that produces 125hp and is only available in entry-level Zetec specification. It’s a remarkable engine in its own right, but perhaps a little out of its depth in a car as big as the Mondeo, with a pretty sluggish 0-62mph time of 12 seconds. You’ll have to work it hard to make decent progress and that inevitably reduces your fuel economy.

We think the 160hp 1.5-litre EcoBoost is a much better match for the car, with a healthy sub-10-second 0-62mph time. Fuel economy is only average, at around 45mpg depending on exactly what size wheels and type of gearbox you get, but for anyone doing less than about 15,000 miles a year, this engine is likely to make more financial sense than a diesel.

There’s also a very powerful 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 240hp, offered in Titanium and Vignale trim only. It’s undeniably fast, but pretty thirsty and will make your Mondeo tricky to sell or trade in down the line without losing lots of cash to depreciation. We think it’s best avoided - unless you're buying used and don't expect to cover particularly high annual mileages.

The diesel range is extensive, beginning with an ultra-efficient 1.5-litre TDCi. Like the entry-level petrol, it’s slow, but this is the Mondeo to go for if you want the lowest possible running costs. For our money, the 150hp version of the bigger 2.0-litre diesel is a better bet. It still returns strong fuel economy, but has performance more befitting a large family car.

Ford also offers 180hp and 210hhp versions of that diesel engine. They’re predictably more expensive and slightly less economical than the 150hp version, but offer useful extra power if you want to tow a caravan or tend to really pile on the motorway miles.

Finally, there’s a petrol-electric hybrid version of the Mondeo. It can return an impressive 67.3mpg and is exempt from road tax (for models registered before April 2017), but there are two big caveats: it’s only available as a four-door saloon, not a hatchback, and its batteries reduce boot space, so you end up sacrificing some practicality for economy.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.0T

Petrol

55.4mpg

125hp

12.0 secs

124mph

1.5T

Petrol

44.1 - 48.7mpg

160hp

9.1 - 9.2 secs

133 - 138mph

2.0T

Petrol

38.2mpg

240hp

7.9 secs

149mph

1.5 TDCi

Diesel

78.5mpg

120hp

12.1 secs

119mph

2.0 TDCi

Diesel

56.7 - 68.9mpg

150hp

9.3 - 10.3 secs

132 - 134mph

2.0 TDCi

Diesel

53.3 - 62.8mpg

180hp

8.3 - 9.3 secs

139 - 140mph

2.0 TDCi

Diesel

56.5mpg

210hp

7.9 secs

145mph

2.0 TiVCT

Hybrid

67.3mpg

187hp

9.2 secs

116mph

Ford Mondeo Trims 

Zetec, Style, Titanium, Vignale There are four Mondeo trim levels – or versions – to choose from. Style is technically the entry-level model, but as it’s only offered with 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesel engines, the cheapest Mondeo is in fact a Zetec with the 1.0-litre petrol. Other Zetecs are more expensive, though.

Key features of the Style model include an eight-inch colour touchscreen, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and hill-start assistance. Upgrading to Zetec gets you bigger alloys (17-inch), LED daytime running lights, power-folding door mirrors, a heated windscreen, electric windows all round (the Style has front only), front foglights, a height-adjustable passenger seat and a ‘ski hatch’ opening into the boot to allow you to carry very long items.

Titanium is the sweet spot of the range in our opinion – especially for family buyer. It has 18-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, classy interior lighting, sat nav, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, plus hi-tech safety kit such as road-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

At the very top of the range is the luxurious Mondeo Vignale, which boasts its own design of 18-inch alloy wheel, special exterior trim, leather seats and interior trim, a rear-view camera, extra sound-deadening measures and 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Ford Mondeo Reliability and warranty 

This latest version of the Ford Mondeo was too new to feature in the most recent 2015 edition of Auto Express magazine’s annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but it should appear in the 2016 edition. It’ll need to make a big improvement over its predecessor, which was ranked a poor 162nd for both reliability and build quality out of 200 cars looked at. Ford’s EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engines are well proven in other models at this stage, so we wouldn’t expect any serious mechanical issues and at the time of writing there have been no recalls for this version of the Mondeo either. As far as warranty cover goes, you get a fairly unremarkable three years/60,000 miles from Ford – less than the Hyundai i40’s five years/unlimited miles or the Kia Optima’s seven years/100,000 miles.

Used Ford Mondeo 

Earlier versions of the Ford Mondeo sold in such big numbers that oversupply on the used market drove the price of secondhand examples down, so buyers lost quite a lot of cash in depreciation. That effect is less pronounced these days, but the big Ford still loses value at a fair rate – about of third of its new price in the first two years of ownership.

That makes it a good-value used car – a classic example of ‘lots of motor for your money’, particularly if you manage to find a high-spec Titanium version or one with lots of options. At the time of writing, the luxurious Vignale version had only just gone on sale, so its long-term residual values aren’t clear yet – but the track record of high-spec versions of mainstream cars in this area isn’t good, so the Vignale could represent a real used bargain in two or three years’ time.

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 210 Titanium Powershift 

Price

£27,495

£24,431

£21,490

N/a

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11%

22%

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Best for families

Ford Mondeo 1.5 EcoBoost Titanium

Price

£23,245

£20,370

£18,065

£15,785

N/a

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12%

22%

32%

N/a

Best for economy

Ford Mondeo 1.5 TDCi ECOnetic Style

Price

£21,395

£18,713

£15,910

£13,895

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13%

26%

35%

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