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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Ford's large family car is comfortable and refined

Ford Mondeo Hatchback (14 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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PROS

  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • Economical diesel engines
  • Excellent refinement and comfort
  • Safe and strong feel throughout

CONS

  • High-spec models are pricey
  • Options can be expensive too
  • Not the sharpest to drive and feels large
  • Rear visibility limited

At a glance

New price £22,000 - £33,895
Lease from new From £275 per month
Used price £6,285 - £28,670
Used monthly cost £155 - £707
Fuel economy 38 - 78 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £235
Insurance group 15 - 31 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • Economical diesel engines
  • Excellent refinement and comfort
  • Safe and strong feel throughout

CONS

  • High-spec models are pricey
  • Options can be expensive too
  • Not the sharpest to drive and feels large
  • Rear visibility limited

Ford Mondeo Hatchback rivals

With the rise in popularity of SUVs of all shapes and sizes, traditionally popular large family hatchbacks like the Ford Mondeo need to work extra hard to stand out to potential buyers and company car drivers alike. The good news is that the Mondeo is a smart looking car, with some neat design details and swooping roofline that go some way to disguising its size (it’s very big), but with that growth also comes a shift in what the big Ford is best at.

But it's needs to flaunt its best bits for all it's worth. With a super-competitive set of rivals such as the Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 6 and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to beat, the Mondeo needs to be good. Especially as Ford can’t ignore the fact that potential customers will also be considering family SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5 and even the Ford Kuga, as well as premium-sector models such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, which offer attractive monthly payments.

While it’s still good to drive, it’s more a comfortable cruiser than back road blaster like previous generations. And you can thank its American roots for that – as comfort comes high on US shoppers’ wishlists – because this is the same car that you’re able to buy in the USA, albeit badged a Fusion rather than Mondeo. Does that make it a better big family car than all those rivals listed above?

Styling and equipment

Ford prides itself on introducing relevant technology to its customers that hitherto had remained the preserve of buyers of more prestigious brands. This continues with the Mondeo, although it doesn’t go unnoticed that with its elongated, tapering bodywork, large trapezoidal grille and a liberal application of chrome-look trim, the big Ford also has the air of a more expensive car about it. Mondeos fitted with the optional LED headlamps also feature thin strips of day running light at their base which pulsate with an amber glow when indicating.

Significant advances have been made with the Mondeo’s on-board safety kit and driving aids, building on existing technologies and introducing refinements to them. Parking assistance now parallel parks as well as into bays, the significantly stronger and safer body shell is also lighter but the safety item likely to grab the most headlines are the optional inflatable seatbelts on the outer two rear seats, giving more cushioned protection in the event of a crash, five times the area of a conventional seatbelt.

All models come with Sync3, Ford’s latest infotainment system with an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen. It’s intuitive and simple to get used to, using software developed for Ford by Microsoft.

Ford Mondeo 2019 interior

EcoBoost petrols and EcoBlue diesels

The majority of Mondeo buyers opt for a five-door hatchback or estate with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, however there's also a four-door saloon available exclusively with a hybrid engine. That hybrid is now also available in the estate too, using a 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor for a combined power output of 187hp. Available to Mondeo buyers is a single EcoBoost 1.5-litre petrol engine, with a punchy and economical diesel.

This was introduced in early 2019, with 2.0-litre diesels badged EcoBlue in 150hp and 190hp outputs. Both are available with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, as well as all-wheel drive at extra cost. Most Mondeos come with a six-speed manual gearbox, while Powershift automatics are available on some higher-output powerplants, while all-wheel drive is also available on particular engines. More details on the variants can be found in the engine section of this review.

Spacious and high quality interior

Passengers benefit from the Mondeo’s size, with genuine space for five adults despite the sloping roofline, and the car rides comfortably on standard suspension – the impressive adaptive version is not available as an option on UK cars. The boot’s spacious at 541 litres (with a space-saver wheel; an optional full-size spare shrinks it to 458 litres), although rivals offer more luggage capacity if that’s your primary concern.

The Mondeo is accurate and nimble around corners it lacks the impressive driver involvement older models have provided enthusiasts. It’s exceptionally comfortable and quiet on long journeys which will appeal to those pounding up and down the motorway. 

Ford Mondeo 2019 facelift

Early in 2019 Ford unveiled a mid-life update for the Mondeo, with small tweaks made to the exterior styling to pull it in line with the likes of the Focus, Fiesta and Edge. Changes aren't extensive, with new bumpers, lights and details across different models, while the engine range was expanded with new EcoBlue diesels and the availability of the 2.0-litre hybrid engine from the saloon.

Also, a new eight-speed automatic gearbox was added, along with a more advanced adaptive cruise control system with the ability to stop and go on its own, plus traffic sign recognition, some plusher dashboard materials and enhanced storage. 

Does the old stager still have what it takes to tempt you away from more obvious family car rivals? Read on to find out.

Ford Mondeo Hatchback rivals

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