Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Simple dashboard layout
  • Solid, high quality build
  • Easy to find a comfortable driving position

Rather like the pleasing but evolutionary theme of the exterior, the Ford Mondeo’s interior breaks little new ground stylistically. Many panels are formed from soft-touch mouldings reinforcing the premium feel as well as further helping deaden sound and reduce rattles. However, it's undeniably feeling a little dated in here, and rivals such as the Skoda Superb offer slicker, yet equally premium-feeling cabins.

Opting for a top-end Vignale model brings plusher materials including a leather-covered dashboard and quilted seats, but these aren't really necessary - the Mondeo's a comfortable car regardless of trim level.

The centre console features a variety of circular push buttons for the switchgear, which all look identical but are clearly labelled and easily understood once you’ve spent a little bit of time behind the wheel. The remaining physical controls work well too, precise in their actions and robust without feeling too workmanlike. 

Dominating the centre console is the 8.0-inch touchscreen for the Sync3 infotainment system, which usefully is blessed with crisp graphics, unambiguous text and coloured themes for each of its functions. Higher-spec models also have a combined analogue and digital instrument cluster displaying various details such as trip information, sat-nav instructions and traffic signs in a dynamic way. 

Forward visibility is good, allowing you to position the car well on the road but a lack of standard parking sensors, let alone a reversing camera – it’s difficult to judge the car’s extremities – can make it tough to park with confidence, especially as the rear slopes fairly dramatically. We’d recommend at least specifying the optional sensors.

Mounting the mirrors on pillars from the doors themselves affords a greater view of traffic conditions behind, although taller drivers may find the meeting point of the thick windscreen pillar and the front corner of the roof creates a blind spot when crossing oncoming traffic.

Is it comfortable?

  • Generous interior space
  • Comfortable seats throughout
  • Ride is good even on larger wheels 

With space to luxuriate in, high quality materials and a well-controlled ride quality, the Mondeo’s comfort levels are a particular area of strength.

That further boost in refinement makes the car feel more isolated from the outside world, which conflictingly is why it feels a little less satisfying to drive. That said, with minimal body roll and fine body control, the Mondeo remains composed and doesn’t float over long undulations in road surfaces.

Vignale models offer greater refinement still, with additional soundproofing making them near-silent at a motorway cruise.

Comfort remains strong at urban and motorway speeds too, and while the standard suspension settings fitted in the UK copes admirably with bumps and ruts, you do feel the initial intrusion, albeit softened. It’s not severe enough to trouble passengers but it lends a sporty sensation to a car that otherwise doesn’t feel that way inclined.

Ergonomically the Mondeo’s sound too, with pedals and gear lever falling easily to hand with well-weighted actuations too. There’s plenty of adjustment in the seats and steering column too, while the light sensation of the steering further aids comfort.

Dual-zone air-conditioned climate control effectively chills or warms the vast cabin as desired remarkably quickly, the sense of space amplified by the fixed glass roof option. Soft touch plastics and high-grade materials elsewhere convey an aura of plushness normally associated with more premium cars.

Wind noise is kept low, although there’s some low-level turbulence around the door mirrors which now protrude from pillars on the door skins rather than from the window frame. Some tyre noise also infiltrates the cabin when driving on coarser road surfaces too, which is more noticeable on cars fitted with larger alloy wheels.