- Diesel fuel economy is good across the range
- EcoBoost petrols can’t quite match the diesels
- Go for an AWD model and economy falls
Navigating the Mondeo’s claimed fuel economy charts is a daunting thing, as the figures quoted are variable depending on the size of the alloy wheels fitted to the car.
Duratorq TDCi diesel running costs
The economy hero of the Mondeo range is, unsurprisingly, the 1.5-litre TDCi 120hp Econetic, returning up to 78.5mpg according to Ford.
Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 150hp economy figures:
- Front-wheel drive manual – 67.3mpg (65.7mpg on larger wheels)
- Front-wheel drive manual Econetic – 68.9mpg
- All-wheel drive manual – 58.9mpg (57.7mpg on larger wheels)
- Front-wheel drive auto – 61.4mpg (58.9mpg on larger wheels)
Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 180hp economy figures:
- Front-wheel drive manual – 62.8mpg
- Front-wheel drive auto – 58.9mpg
- All-wheel drive auto – 53.3mpg
At the top of the diesel line-up, the 2.0-litre TDCI 210hp – only available in front-wheel drive, automatic transmission form – claims 56.5mpg average.
EcoBoost petrol running costs
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi 125hp returns a claimed 55.4mpg, making it the most economical petrol version of the Mondeo on paper.
The more powerful 1.5-litre EcoBoost SCTi 160hp returns 48.7mpg (47.9mpg with larger wheels) in manual form, while the automatic is slightly lower at 44.8mpg (44.1mpg with larger wheels). Both of these are front-wheel drive.
Finally, the automatic-only 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi with 240hp returns a claimed average of 38.2mpg, making it the thirstiest in the line-up.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,058 - £1,531 *|
|Diesel||131p||£764 - £1,267 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||2.0-litre TDCi every two years or 18,000 miles, everything else one year or 12,000 miles|
|Warranty||Three years/60,000 miles|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £235
See tax rates for all versions
15 - 31
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
As with claimed fuel economy figures, the Mondeo’s CO2 emissions can vary depending on the size of the wheels.
Duratorq TDCi CO2 emissions
Diesel-powered Mondeos have the lowest CO2 emissions overall, and the star of the line-up is the 1.5-litre TDCi Econetic, emitting just 94g/km.
The 2.0-litre TDCi 150hp diesel varies greatly, ranging from 107g/km for the manual Econetic version with smaller wheels, to 127g/km for a manual all-wheel drive model with larger 18/19-inch alloy wheels. All other variants of this engine fall between these two figures.
Similarly, the 180hp version of this engine varies. Emissions range from 117g/km for the front-wheel drive manual model to 138g/km of CO2 for the all-wheel drive automatic version.
EcoBoost SCTi CO2 emissions
If you want a petrol-powered Mondeo with the lowest emissions, you’ll want the 1.0-litre EcoBoost which produces 119g/km of CO2.
Go for the manual 160hp 1.5-litre EcoBoost and emissions are 134g/km (136g/km for cars with larger alloys fitted), while the automatic-equipped version produces 146-148g/km depending on the wheel size.
Unsurprisingly, the highest-emitter of the Mondeo range is the 2.0-litre EcoBoost, producing 171g/km of CO2.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
1.5 TDCi Diesel,
1.6 TDCi Diesel,
2.0 TDCi (150ps) Diesel
|94 g/km (Min)||£0|
2.0 EcoBoost (240ps) Petrol,
2.0 EcoBoost Petrol
|171 g/km (Max)||£145 - £235|
- Two official recalls for the Mondeo hatch
- Build feels solid and like it’ll last
- Should be little to worry about overall
There have been two official recalls for the Mondeo, one regarding the headlamps switching off without warning, and another regarding the seatbelt pre-tensioners malfunctioning.
Your local dealer should have carried out fixes for both of these issues, so any car you could be buying secondhand should have had the remedial work taken out.
The petrol and diesel engines on offer are adaptations of ones already found in other Ford products, as well as the previous-generation Mondeo.
Essentially much of the electronic safety systems have already run the test-bed marathon in other Fords too, so there shouldn’t be any critical maladies there either.
Our only real point of curiosity rather than concern is the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in a car the size of a Mondeo. It serves well in the Fiesta and Focus among others, but it’s going to be under more strain in a car that could weigh up to a hefty 2,130kg when fully loaded with passengers and luggage.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported|
|Other||No problems reported|