The Mondeo may not be an inspirational car, but it is practical, well made and great value. It offers a driving experience to rival higher value cars, and lots of gadgets to play with.
- Reliable used option
- Enjoyable drive
- Spacious and plush interior
- Very big - could be a little too big
- Possibly your dads last car
- Petrol engines can be thirsty
Mondeo is available in hatchback, saloon and estate, and the external Kinetic design cleverly disguise just how big this car is. Increased in size from the previous Mondeo model, all passengers get some serious space inside, and the boot is just huge, even in hatchback. Finish feels premium both inside and outside, which along with the many options, give a real feel of a premium car.
Once on the road you'll be impressed by the minimal road noise and good grip around corners and bends, although steering isn't quite as good as previous Mondeo model, and larger alloy wheels options make the drive feel quite firm.
Performance an economy are intrinsically linked, so it depends which one is more important to you. There are four petrol and three diesel engines. 2.0 TDCI model averages 54.3mpg and emits 139g/km of CO2 which would keep both car tax and fuel costs down. Alternatively the thirsty 2.5T Duratec gives a cracking drive with impressive strength and speed but averages only 30mpg.
There are five trim levels starting with Edge, which has air con, ESP, Emergency Brake Assist, trip computer, cruise control and a leather steering wheel. Zetec adds dual zone air con, 16" allow wheels, front fog lights. Ghia has a wood trim, and 17" alloy wheels, whilst Titanium has the same wheels and a silver trim. Titanium X has additional leather trim, starter button and adaptive front lighting. With optional extras like satnav, and DVD's for passengers in the rear of the front head-rests, definitely shop around for the used car to suit you.
Need To Know
Best Models: 2.5T Duratec
Worst Models: Low trims
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money