Ford Mondeo

4/5
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Verdict

The new Ford Mondeo is a far nicer car than ever before. The front looks like it was taken straight from an Aston Martin - which is a good thing. The Mondeo sits in an incredibly competitive market place. The competition is tough and there is a genuine race to the top between the Volkswagen Passat, the Skoda Superb, the Mazda6, the Toyota Avensis, and even the Skoda Octavia. All of these models are really strong for their individual manufacturers.

Performance

Ford has a wide range of diesel engine variants for the Irish market. They have one petrol engine, the 1.5 litre EcoBoost. This gives big-car performance in a small engine. 120 PS is the power output of the petrol engine and it’s a quiet engine once you get to cruising speeds.

The diesel power comes from a 1.6 litre TDCi engine that offers 115 PS, a 1.5 litre TDCi engine that gives 120 PS, and a 2.0 litre TDCi (choices offer 150 PS, 180 PS and 210 PS).
All Mondeos come with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed double clutch PowerShift automatic transmission.

Ride & Handling

The Mondeo is available as an estate or as a saloon. Both have very light steering and it lacks feedback. The estate offers a surprising amount of grip for a wagon and on country roads it deals well with turns. It also soaks up bumps with ease. The saloon version is just as good. It enjoys cornering and it hugs the road on twists and turns. Remember, this is a large car and sometimes length can impact on body control. Thankfully this vehicle seems to have been well engineered and it drives like a smaller car. Of course, common sense has to be used on corners – because if you approach them too eagerly there will be some roll.

Refinement

The Mondeo is a very refined vehicle. The only real issue that will arise is if you opt for bigger wheels, which can make things noisy and firm. Both the manual and automatic transmissions are smooth and precise. For the most part the Mondeo seems like a very well insulated vehicle and in general road and wind noise from outside the cabin are kept to a minimum.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the Mondeo is nicely laid out. If you do come in at entry level you may find things a bit dull, but Ford has a myriad of options and trims available to choose from. In fact, they may have too much choice for consumers. In general the quality of the interior is good and it’s certainly a case of “the more you spend, the better you get”. The dash doesn’t appear to be overly cheap, and the new Mondeo benefits from Ford’s latest SYNC infotainment system, SYNC 2. The system is much easier to use than the outgoing offering, but there are still one or two things that are difficult to understand. For example, why have a digital compass but no SATNAV available?

Safety & Security

The Mondeo traditionally scores well in the Euro NCAP safety tests and in 2014 they scored a full five stars. The best scores achieved by the vehicle were 86% for adult occupancy and 82% for child occupancy.

Space & Practicality

Most cars in this segment score high in terms of practicality. These are all big cars. The Mondeo offers plenty of space to the front and rear. Leg and head room is certainly not an issue for many adults. The Skoda Superb would offer more space - but the Superb is an exception to the size rules.

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Key Facts

New Price
€28,845
Make

Ford

Model
Mondeo
Variant
1.5 TDCi 120PS Saloon Zetec
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
1.5
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Saloon

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average Cost Per 200km
€9.75
Cost of filling a tank
€75.58
Average L/100km
4.0
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
62
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1550
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
104
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
120
Top Speed
192 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
11.5
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
2
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
270

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
458
Automatic Parking
Available
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Fold Flat
Front Cup Holders
Yes
High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available
Power Steering
Electronic Power-Assisted Steering
Rear Cup Holders
Covered stowage and cupholders
Reversing Camera
Optional
USB Connectivity
Yes
Tyre Size Front
215/60 R16
Tyre Size Back
215/60 R16
Wheel Base
2850

Warranty

Warranty All Components
2 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Year warranty
Warranty Paintwork
2 Year paint warranty
Warranty Roadside Assistance
Until first scheduled service

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill Start Assist

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The fourth-generation Ford Mondeo is not only a bigger (and more expensive) car than it's ever been, but it's also more upmarket, more refined
Top Gear
Ford Mondeo review: looks a bit like the old one but brings solid gains in comfort and tech. Back at the competitive sharp end.
What Car
The Ford Mondeo is spacious and good to drive. Go for the 1.6-litre diesel and you’ll have an excellent family car.

Security

Air Conditioning
Airconditioning with Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control

Dimensions

Boot capacity
458 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/60 R16 mm
Tyre size back
215/60 R16 mm
Rim size
6.5 J x 16; 7.5J x 17; 8J x 18; 8J x 19 mm
Length
4871 mm
Width
1852 mm
Height
1482 mm
Wheel Base
2850 mm
Front Track (mm)
1482 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1595 mm
Turning circle (m)
11.6 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
120 bhp