- Frugal diesel engines
- Spacious cabin
- Economical diesels
- Prestigious and comfortable
- Safe, family transport
- Standard kit lacking
- Won’t excite keen drivers
Like its hatchback counterpart, the all-new Ford Mondeo estate feels like a familiar sight even before it goes on sale.
The estate body, like the hatchback, is unique to Europe. Ford’s trademark grille and slender headlamps dominate the front, sculpted sides emphasise the length and a wide tail helps it accommodate larger loads. The company expects the estate body to account for more than a third of all Mondeo sales.
While there is a lot of advanced technology introduced in to the Mondeo, much of it – including safety equipment – is optional.
That raft of safety measures includes the European introduction on a Ford of rear inflatable seatbelts. Fitted to the two outer rear seat positions, the inflatable seatbelts increase the surface area across the wearer’s chest five-fold for improved protection.
Other new tech include optional LED headlamps, which bend light around corners, and incorporate a thin LED day running light with integral pulsating (rather than flashing) front indicators. The Mondeo estate’s self-parking function will now parallel park the Ford, not just reverse into bays.
Whichever trim level of Mondeo estate you go for it will be fitted with an eight-inch colour touchscreen for the ‘Sync2’ infotainment system that has been jointly developed with Microsoft, so it’s easy to use.
Diesel and petrol engines
While the Mondeo estate’s chief rival, Volkswagen’s Passat estate, will come with a petrol-electric hybrid power train option, diesel and petrol motors will exclusively power the Mondeo estate, the former likely to account for 90 percent of sales.
On sale from the end of 2014 the diesel line-up will initially comprise of the 1.6-litre TDCi with 113bhp and a 2.0-litre TDCi producing 148bhp. ECOnetic fuel-saving technology and a six-speed manual gearbox are fitted to both, although the larger engine is also available with Ford’s PowerShift automatic transmission. There’s also a 178bhp version of the 2.0-litre engine, with both transmissions available.
It’s the 1.6-litre diesel to go for if economy’s your primary concern, with Ford claiming figures of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km in the Mondeo estate.
In spring 2015 a 118bhp 1.5-litre TDCi, four-wheel drive versions of the existing 2.0-litre TDCis and a range topping 207bhp edition join the line-up.
Petrol fans have the choice between a 158bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost in Zetec trim upwards, or if you go for a Titanium model the 237bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost. The former’s available with six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes, the latter in automatic-only form.
There will be a 123bhp, three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost, join the petrol offerings in Spring 2015.
There also unconfirmed reports a performance and a rugged 4x4 version could be revealed in the near future, though there will be a standard estate with four-wheel drive arriving in Spring 2015.
Spacious, premium cabin
There is plenty of space for five adults, it’s comfortable and the ride is impressive. Boot space at 500 litres fails to match the Passat Estate’s 650 litres, and it’s not down to a full size spare taking up space. The Mondeo features a space saver wheel as standard.
Past Ford Mondeo buyers may be disappointed the latest generation is not as engaging to drive, although it does remain composed and surprisingly nimble.
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