- Reduced range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from
- One hybrid available, but only in saloon body style
- Diesels feel best-suited to the Mondeo
Despite the entire engine range being turbocharged, it’s done to improve overall efficiency rather than allow Ford Mondeo performance to entertain. That said, such is the breadth of engines available, that there will be something to suit a wide range of buyers.
Two diesels to choose from
With diesel engines expected to power 90% of Mondeo hatchbacks in Britain it’s important to offer a strong choice and Ford has delivered.
Offering a range of power outputs is a 2.0-litre unit, which starts off with 150hp and 350Nm of torque, in six-speed manual, front-wheel drive form. The 0-62mph sprint is completed in 9.7 seconds, or 10.3 in the auto.
If you want more performance, the 190hp, 400Nm version should suit. With front-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, this version will complete the 0-62mph sprint in 8.9 seconds, and will reach a 138mph top speed.
Pick the all-wheel drive version and the benchmark sprint drops to 9.1 seconds.
Single EcoBoost petrol
Petrol power accounts for a much smaller portion of Mondeo sales, so unsurprisingly there's only one option here
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost with 165hp and 242Nm for a 0-62mph time of 9.2 seconds and a 138mph top speed. On the road this engine doesn’t feel as flexible as that torque figure suggests, requiring frequent flicking of the six-speed manual gearbox from one ratio to another, but again its subdued note doesn’t intrude much into the Mondeo’s cabin.
This engine can also be equipped with an optional six-speed automatic, shaving off 0.1 seconds from the sprint to 62mph from a standstill, while top speed drops to 133mph.
Engines no longer available
At launch, an economical Econetic 1.6-litre TDCi producing 115hp and a useful 270Nm of torque was available.
Unsurprisingly with a top speed of 119mph and completing the 0-62mph sprint in a leisurely 12.1 seconds it was the slowest Mondeo hatchback available, but mated to a six-speed manual gearbox it was also the most economical too, posting a claimed average of 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions of just 94g/km.
This engine has since been replaced by the 1.5-litre TDCi, which serves up similar performance figures.
At the top of the diesel range was a twin-turbo 2.0 TDCi producing 210hp and 450Nm of torque, available with front-wheel drive and a Powershift automatic gearbox, and offering up a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds. Top speed is 145mph.
The Mondeo can struggle to put all this power and torque onto the road through the automatic gearbox, but once up to speed, the reserve of shove makes it a very effective motorway mile-muncher, and it remains hushed at all times. It gathers pace in a non-dramatic fashion, but surprises with its quick responses if you knock the gearbox into S mode.
A 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder petrol nabbed from the Fiesta and Focus in 125hp form offered 170Nm of torque and a 0-62mph time of 12 seconds. You needed to work this engine hard to get the big Mondeo going.
If outright speed is your concern then the 240hp 2.0-litre EcoBoost, only available in higher-spec trims and exclusively with the six-speed automatic gearbox, could hit 62mph from nothing in 7.9 seconds. This is quick for a family car, aided by 345Nm of torque from 2,300rpm.
- Safe and secure handling
- But you notice the Mondeo’s size
- Not as nimble as a Mazda 6
One Ford Mondeo characteristic that’s been a hallmark since the original debuted in 1993 is the keen and engaging handling, although it has to be noted that while the responsiveness of each generation has improved, the enjoyment the driver senses is slightly diluted.
This trend’s continued with the latest Mondeo too, which handles with greater agility and nimbleness than its size suggests is likely, yet enthusiastic drivers will lament that the experience feels slightly anaesthetised.
Fitting electric, rather than hydraulic, power steering is the key reason. There’s no doubting its accuracy, grip and willingness to change direction, going exactly where you want it.
Understeer, where the car pushes wide in a corner, only occurs when you carry an ambitious amount of speed into a bend. But there’s less sensation of what the front end is up to coming through the steering wheel as well. Many drivers might also find the steering lighter than expected too, which is great for low-speed urban driving, but is less engaging on twisty B-roads.
Whether over billiard table-smooth fresh asphalt or seen-better-days surfaces, the Mondeo rides well, with composed body control, reducing the floaty sensation some larger cars suffer.
No adaptive suspension option is available in the UK but the standard set-up works well. You do feel the initial bump or ridge you’ve driven over, but it’s softened and unlikely to trouble passengers significantly.
Roll through corners is also kept to a minimum too allowing you to maintain good progress without applying the brakes too much on windier roads.
The brakes themselves work effectively, with little signs of fading even after repeated, heavy application. Unlike the steering, the pedals feel well-weighted and there’s a slick, well-engineered shift action to the manual gearboxes.
All of which means that the Mondeo is refined, composed and comfortable, just lacking the sparkle that attracted keen drivers in the past.