$31,490 – $48,490
Good: European engineered = fantastic road handling; Economical 2.0-litre turbo diesel is impressive; High performance 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine is fantastic.
Not so Good: The 2.3-litre petrol engine is average in class performance and fuel economy; Rear vision could be better.
Design and Engineering
Good : The Ford Mondeo hit Australian shores in October 2007, this smart European designed and engineered medium player looks fantastic.
Ford of Europe are well known for producing top notch driver’s cars so we expect no less than near segment best ride and handling from the Mondeo. There were a number of minor tech changes along the way before the Mondeo received a facelift in November 2010 and received another notable tech change in July 2011 when Ford released its 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that is available on Mondeo Zetec and Titanium hatch models.
Not so good : Nothing to note here, we think the new sharper styling of the Ford Mondeo is fantastic.
Interior and Styling
Good : The Mondeo comes with a great range of features across the line-up: a modern-looking interior, easy to reach controls, comfortable seating position and good view of the vehicle’s surroundings. Ford has packed the Mondeo with loads of safety equipment and as a result receives a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
Not so good : All grades are covered with a fake aluminium-look trim on the centre console, dashboard, steering wheel, door trims – everywhere! Whilst it looks kinda sporty and some of our review team gave it the thumbs up, others thought it looked fussy and a bit over-the-top.
Good : There is three four-cylinder engines on offer – a 2.3-litre petrol with 118kW of power and 208Nm of torque tied to a six speed automatic gearbox (LX hatch or Wagon only), a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 120kW power and 340Nm torque linked to a six-speed dual-clutch sequential automatic gearbox called Powershift and last but not least the 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine pumps out 149kW of power and a jaw dropping 300Nm of torque when matched to the six-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission. Our pick of the three engines is the turbo diesel. It’s a willing performer when required yet is refined and quiet at standstill and below 3000revs (even compared against petrol engines). The Powershift gearbox is very good, gear changes are smooth and you get the fuel economy benefits of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic.
Not so good : The turbo diesel becomes more vocal above 3000revs however some of our reviewers quite liked the vocal note from the exhaust at higher revs. The 2.3-litre petrol is a reasonable engine that is more than happy when driven at a moderate pace. However, ask it to accelerate quickly (especially at highway speeds) and it can struggle at times, especially compared to the impressive turbo diesel and EcoBoost engine.
Ride and Handling
Good : The Mondeo’s handling is right towards the top of the medium segment. It’s an enjoyable wagon to drive over a twisty road, the ‘firmish’ suspension stays settled over a wide variety of surfaces. Small undulations on bumpy roads in the Mondeo are dealt with a maturity uncommon to this segment of vehicle. The steering is natural and intuitive, with an excellent willingness to change direction.
Not so good : The level of tyre noise over Australia’s rougher surfaced bitumen, the chunky, coarse-chip stuff used on many country roads is higher than ideal and not a match against the locally designed and built Ford Falcon.
Buying and Owning
Good : There is three levels of trim, the entry level LX, the mid range Zetec and the range topping Titanium grade. It’s Good to see that Ford has ensured every Mondeo wagon ticks the safety box (seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, Anti-lock brakes and Electronic Stability Control all come standard). The combined official fuel economy of the LX TDCI grade (the turbo diesel) is an impressively low 5.9-litres per 100kms. The Mondeo’s sloping hatch body has only a few competitors in the medium segment especially compared to the traditional three-box sedan and offers packaging and load space advantages.
Not so good : The fuel economy of the 2.3-litre petrol engine is 9.5-litre per 100kms – the petrol Mondeo is one of the least efficient medium segment players. We’d prefer a full size spare wheel over the temporary ‘space saver’.