$33,340 – $48,490
Good: Roomy yet stylish interior; Strong safety credentials; Frugal yet powerful 2.0-litre turbo diesel; Excellent ride and handling.
Not so Good: 2.0-litre petrol engine is a little thirsty; Busy looking centre console with too many buttons; No touchscreen technology.
Design and Engineering
Good : Whilst the current shape Mondeo Hatchback arrived here in October 2007, the wagon (with its significant extra cargo carrying capacity) didn’t go on sale until July 2009. It shares the same length wheelbase as the hatch however a 5 cm longer rear overhang contributes to extra load space.
The August 2010 update saw the introduction of the frugal 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with a six speed sequential automatic gearbox, and the mid-life facelift in November 2010, freshened up the range.
Not so good : The Verdict team gives the new sharper Mondeo design two thumbs up. But what do you guys think?
Interior and Styling
Good : The modern looking dash layout features lots of nice soft-touch plastics and quality fabrics. Overall fit and finish is impressive, plus the front seats are comfortable. There is no lack of storage space up front and generous levels of second row legroom in the back.
The large rear cargo space – 542 litres grows to an impressive 1733 litres when the rear bench is folded down. The cargo area comes with a luggage cover, shopping bag hooks, tie-down straps and a number of 12 volt outlets. The load lip is nice and low and the tailgate is wide for a big entry space. Cabin noise is impressively low for a wagon, even at highway speeds.
Not so good : The shiny silver finish all over the centre console is almost approaching ‘bling’ standards and the button overload clutters the centre dash.
Disregarding this choice of finish the overall quality of materials in the Mondeo is very good and a notch higher than in the brands larger Falcon (which is by no means poor).
Good : Three four-cylinder engines on offer – a 2.3-litre petrol with 118kW of power and 208Nm of torque matched to a six speed sports automatic.
A, 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 149kW of power and 300Nm of torque tied to a six speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch.
Or, a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 120kW and 340Nm linked to a six speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch.
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 3000 revs (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 six speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch can be a little jerky in stop/start traffic. And, the 2.3-litre petrol just feels underwhelming compared to the other two engines on offer.
Ride and Handling
Good : The Mondeo’s handling is right amongst the best 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 : Not much really. Compared to the Mondeo hatch the Wagon moves around just that little bit more when being pushed – but we’re talking small degrees here. Less brilliant is the amount of tyre noise over Australia’s rougher surfaced bitumen (the chunky, coarse-chip stuff used on many country roads), in this aspect the Mondeo can’t match the Australian designed and built Falcon.
Buying and Owning
Good : The turbo diesel engine is offered in three levels of trim, the entry level LX, the mid range Zetec and the range topping Titanium grade whilst the petrol wagon is offered in LX and Zetec trim.
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 diesel grades is an impressively low 6.2-litres per 100kms (especially for a passenger car with such a large cargo area).
Not so good : The fuel economy of the 2.3-litre petrol engine is 9.5-litres per 100kms – the petrol Mondeo is one of the least efficient medium segment players.