Ford Mondeo (2015-present)

The latest Ford Mondeo is an impressive all-round family car

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
German cars still have better interiors
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Cars like the Ford Mondeo were so popular that, in 1997, they identified the new class of voter that propelled Tony Blair into power: 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 low running costs of a hatchback, but with the higher driving position and headroom of an off-roader.

So as well as other hatchbacks, 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.

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 sapcious interior, with enough room for three adults in the back, and 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 more expensive German alternatives, including the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series.

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 a rear parking cameras 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 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.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 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, £140 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 and can return over 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 237bhp 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.

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 and a 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid model.
  • Trim
    Trims: The Mondeo is offered in four trim levels – 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’ that makes 123bhp 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 158bhp 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 10,000 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 237bhp, 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.

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 148bhp 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 176 and 207bhp versions of that diesel engine. They’re predictably more expensive and slightly less economical than the 148bhp, 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, but there are two big caveats: it’s only available as a four-door saloon, not a hatchback, and it 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

123bhp

12.0s

124mph

1.5T

Petrol

44.1 - 48.7mpg

158bhp

9.1 - 9.2s

133 - 138mph

2.0T

Petrol

38.2mpg

237bhp

7.9s

149mph

1.5 TDCi

Diesel

78.5mpg

118bhp

12.1s

119mph

2.0 TDCi

Diesel

56.7 - 68.9mpg

148bhp

9.3 - 10.3s

132 - 134mph

2.0 TDCi

Diesel

53.3 - 62.8mpg

176bhp

8.3 - 9.3s

139 - 140mph

2.0 TDCi

Diesel

56.5mpg

207bhp

7.9s

145mph

2.0 TiVCT

Hybrid

67.3mpg

184bhp

9.2s

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.

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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: £18,583

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2.0 tdci 180 st-line 5dr

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

Starting at: £20,434

You could save up to: £3596

2.0 tdci 180 st-line 5dr powershift

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

Starting at: £21,731

You could save up to: £3799

2.0 tdci st-line 5dr

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

Starting at: £19,754

You could save up to: £3496

Ford Mondeo ST-Line Edition

1.5 ecoboost 165 st-line edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £20,572

You could save up to: £3618

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

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

Starting at: £21,134

You could save up to: £3706

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

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

Starting at: £25,738

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

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,283

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2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £22,423

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2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition 5dr powershift

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

Starting at: £23,721

You could save up to: £4109

2.0 tdci 180 st-line edition 5dr powershift awd

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

Starting at: £25,176

You could save up to: £4289

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

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

Starting at: £22,986

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2.0 tdci st-line edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,743

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2.0 tdci st-line edition [lux] 5dr

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

Starting at: £22,305

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Ford Mondeo Titanium Edition

1.5 ecoboost 165 titanium edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £19,871

You could save up to: £3219

1.5 ecoboost 165 titanium edition 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 38.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,459

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2.0 tdci 180 titanium edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,722

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2.0 tdci 180 titanium edition 5dr powershift

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

Starting at: £23,019

You could save up to: £3711

2.0 tdci econetic titanium edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,085

You could save up to: £3415

2.0 tdci titanium edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,042

You could save up to: £3408

2.0 tdci titanium edition 5dr awd

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

Starting at: £23,133

You could save up to: £3682

2.0 tdci titanium edition 5dr powershift

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

Starting at: £22,371

You could save up to: £3609

Ford Mondeo Zetec Edition

1.5 ecoboost 165 zetec edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £18,054

You could save up to: £2936

1.5 ecoboost 165 zetec edition 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £19,643

You could save up to: £3137

2.0 tdci econetic zetec edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,355

You could save up to: £3145

2.0 tdci zetec edition 5dr

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

Starting at: £19,225

You could save up to: £3125

2.0 tdci zetec edition 5dr awd

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

Starting at: £20,841

You could save up to: £3324

2.0 tdci zetec edition 5dr powershift

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,554

You could save up to: £3326

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