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What is the Ford Mondeo?

It’s one of the most familiar names in the car industry that still adorns the boots of a range of large family hatchbacks, saloons and estates, but the Ford Mondeo isn’t the sales star it once was. Faced with the onslaught of the SUV, the Mondeo finds itself swimming in an ever-decreasing pond, but remains a credible choice for those looking for a comfy family car.

So while ‘Mondeo Man’ might have moved on to crossovers and SUVs, Ford’s flagship range offers premium levels of refinement and comfort, efficient diesel engines and the option of a hybrid model. Rivals include the Vauxhall Insignia, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 6 and Skoda Superb, along with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

At-a-glance 2019 Ford Mondeo specs

  • Top-speed: 116-138mph
  • 0-62mph: 9.1-11.1 seconds
  • Fuel economy: 22.8-61.4mpg
  • Emissions: 98-172g/km
  • Boot space: 383-1630 litres

Which versions of the Ford Mondeo are available?

There are three body styles available: five-door hatchback, estate and four-door saloon. The four-door version is available exclusively with a 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain developing 187hp. The CO2 emissions of 98g/km make it a prime candidate for tax-conscious motorists, and while the hybrid is now also available in estate form, some drivers may find that the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine delivers better real-world economy.

This new diesel was added to the range in early 2019 and is available in 150hp and 190hp outputs. The sole petrol engine is a 1.5-litre Ecoboost, developing 165hp and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 150hp diesel gets the same choice of transmissions, while the 190hp version gains Ford’s Powershift automatic.

Trim levels include the entry-level Zetec Edition, the plusher Titanium Edition, sporty ST-Line Edition and the Vignale. This top-spec version sees the Mondeo edging closer to its premium rivals.

Living with a Ford Mondeo

What is the Ford Mondeo performance derivative?

The days of the ST200 and ST220 are behind us, with today’s Mondeo more focused on efficiency and comfort. The 0-62mph time ranges from 9.1 to 11.1 seconds, with the 190hp 2.0-litre Ecoblue offering the most power. The Mondeo ST-Line does at least look the part, with more aggressive styling, lowered suspension and sports front seats.

Ford Mondeo styling and engineering

Make no mistake, the Ford Mondeo is a big car – the current one is longer than the final-generation Scorpio from two decades ago). This is hardly surprising, given the fact that it’s the same car that’s on sale in the US, albeit with a Fusion badge over there.

Ford’s stylists have done a fine job of disguising the sheer size of the thing, with the hatchback treated to a smart, fastback-style body. A 2019 update included the mildest of facelifts, new personalisation options, interior tweaks, tech upgrades and the availability of a hybrid estate.

Ford Mondeo hybrid estate rear

The Mondeo remains one of the best looking cars in its class and, based on pure sales figures alone, it’s far more exclusive than in the days when it topped the UK sales charts. But with five years under its belt, the Mondeo is beginning to show its age, especially when viewed alongside the new Focus.

How does the Ford Mondeo drive?

There was a time when the Ford Mondeo was the go-to car for the company driver who wanted to enjoy the trip from the Little Chef car park to the sales conference in Leeds. Today, it has to pass that baton to the Mazda 6, which is the class leader in terms of dynamics. The Mondeo is far from unpleasant, but it seems to have lost some sharpness over the course of four generations.

The current car is less communicative and more prone to understeer, although it’s surprisingly agile for a car of its size. We’d recommend opting for one of the smooth and efficient diesels and enjoying the comfortable ride.

How much does the Ford Mondeo cost?

The Mondeo range opens at a price point similar to a top-spec Fiesta and a mid-range Focus, meaning you’re getting a huge amount of car for not a lot of cash. We’ll counter this by pointing out that the Mondeo dates back to 2014, while the Fiesta and Focus are both new and much improved. Historically, the Mondeo has also suffered from poor residual values. An entry-level Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is around £2,000 cheaper than a Mondeo Zetec Edition, but the lowest-priced Mazda 6 costs around £1,000 more.

How do Mondeo drivers rate their cars? Find out with our comprehensive owners’ reviews.

Ford Mondeo Model History

Current generation Ford Mondeo model history

September 2014 – Mondeo available to order with 1.5 and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, as well as 1.6 TDCi Econetic and 2.0 TDCi diesels. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available

February 2015 – Mondeo available to order with additional engines – the 1.0 EcoBoost, 1.5 TDCi and 2.0 TDCi 210. All-wheel drive also added to the range on 150 and 180hp 2.0 TDCi diesels. Deliveries expected in the summer

June 2016 – Mondeo ST-Line added to the range with sporty body kit, sports suspension, sports seats and unique 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels. Available with majority of the engine range

September 2017 – Mondeo range simplified with revised line-up consisting of Zetec Edition, ST-Line, ST-Line Edition, Titanium Edition and Vignale

January 2019 - Ford Mondeo updated with tweaks to the exterior styling (bumpers, grille and lights), new materials inside, new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines, new eight-speed automatic gearbox and updated 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain

Third-generation Ford Mondeo (2007-2014)

Third-generation Ford Mondeo (2007-2014)

Introduced in 2007, the third-generation Mondeo was the largest and most comfortable version to date, but the big news was the step up in terms of quality.

The Mk3 moved Ford away from the volume brands and closer to the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi in terms of quality. From a driving perspective, only the 3 Series could rival the Mondeo – high praise indeed.

Surprisingly, while equipment levels were up, the prices went down, making the Mondeo a veritable bargain. A facelift was unveiled in 2010, before the current Mondeo arrived in 2014.

Second-generation Ford Mondeo (2000-2007)

Ford Mondeo Mk2

The second-generation Mondeo picked up where the old model left off by offering a compelling blend of space, comfort and dynamics. It was longer than before and available in the familiar hatchback, saloon and estate guises.

A hugely impressive range of TDCi diesel engines arrived in 2001, before the range was refreshed in 2003 and again in 2005. The blistering ST220 was joined by a rapid ST TDCi in 2004, delivering high-performance thrills to the fleet sector.

First-generation Ford Mondeo (1993-2000)

Ford Mondeo Mk1

Billed as a car for the world, the Ford Mondeo took its name from the word monde, meaning ‘world’ in many languages – fact fans might appreciate knowing that the runner-up name was Lyrus. Unlike the Sierra, which needed a few years to win the hearts and minds of Britain’s motorists, the first-generation Mondeo was an instant success, winning the European Car of the Year award in 1994.

It was well-designed, blessed with an excellent cabin and brilliant to drive, especially when powered by the delightful V6 engine.

A major facelift arrived in 1996 which saw a bold new nose with an enormous oval grille and heavily reworked rear ends.

Sporty versions included 1997’s ST24 and the epic ST200 in 1999.