3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Ford's large family car is comfortable and refined

Ford Mondeo Hatchback (14 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £24,270 - £34,925
Lease from new From £248 p/m View lease deals
Used price £6,450 - £27,245
Used monthly cost £161 - £680
Fuel Economy 31.0 - 53.3 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £235
Insurance group 15 - 31 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • Economical diesel engines
  • Excellent refinement and comfort
  • Safe and strong feel throughout

CONS

  • High-spec models are pricey
  • Options can be expensive too
  • Not the sharpest to drive and feels large
  • Rear visibility limited

Ford Mondeo Hatchback rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

The Ford Mondeo*s popularity was once the stuff of legend 每 who could forget the Labour Party*s pledge to appeal to &Mondeo Man* in the 1990s? The meteoric rise in popularity of the SUV, though, has left traditional family cars like the Mondeo floundering in the sales charts as they struggle to deliver the same kind of versatility or desirable image as these models.

Indeed, the Mondeo*s sales are outstripped by that of its in-house crossover rival 每 the Kuga. More conventional competitors come in the form of the Skoda Superb or Vauxhall Insignia 每 big, saloon-style cars aimed at chewing up mega mileages in comfort and refinement, able to transition effortlessly from motorway cruiser to family bus as the weekdays and weekends suit.

Huge boot, practical body

The Mondeo*s fastback design affords it a cavernous rear load area, accessed by a wide-opening hatchback to make this large family car extremely practical. Despite its sloping roofline, there*s genuine space for five adults in here, and thanks to a comfortable ride and great refinement they*ll be comfortable even on the longest of trips.

Fold the rear seats down and the vast, 550-litre boot increases in size to 1,466 litres 每 enough to give many a practical SUV a run for its money.

Comfort prioritised

Past Mondeos were praised for their fantastic on-road handling, being genuinely entertaining to drive, but a shift in production has moved the current model more towards handling. This is due largely to the US market 每 while previously, the Mondeo was a distinct model for Europe, it*s now available in the states, albeit badged as a Fusion.

2020 Ford Mondeo Vignale interior

With comfort ranking highly on US buyers* priorities, it*s no surprise that this is where the Mondeo excels. Sure, it*s less agile in the corners now 每 but it*ll iron out bumps on the M4 like a Russell Hobbs does creases on an M&S suit.

EcoBoost petrols and EcoBlue diesels

The majority of Mondeo buyers opt for a five-door hatchback or estate with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, however there's also a four-door saloon available exclusively with a hybrid engine. That hybrid is now also available in the estate too, using a 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor for a combined power output of 187hp. Available to Mondeo buyers is a single EcoBoost 1.5-litre petrol engine, with a punchy and economical diesel.

2020 Ford Mondeo Vignale rear

This was introduced in early 2019, with 2.0-litre diesels badged EcoBlue in 150hp and 190hp outputs. Both are available with a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, as well as all-wheel drive at extra cost. Most Mondeos come with a six-speed manual gearbox, while Powershift automatics are available on some higher-output powerplants, while all-wheel drive is also available on particular engines. More details on the variants can be found in the engine section of this review.

Upmarket Vignale model available

Not only does the Mondeo have crossovers and SUVs to fight off in the sales stakes, great-value finance offerings on premium-badged models eat into its meagre sales even more. After all, if a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 was available for a similar monthly payment, the workaday Ford becomes rather less appealing.

In response to this, Ford introduced a new range-topping line in 2015 每 Vignale. This blurs the lines between a true luxury sub-brand 每 such as Lexus 每 and a trim level. Ford created Vignale in response to increasing numbers of buyers opting for the very highest Titanium X trim level, and it brings benefits such as access to a concierge service, lounges at dealerships and free car washing, as well as lots of standard equipment.

Does the old stager still have what it takes to tempt you away from more obvious family car rivals? Read on to find out.

Ford Mondeo Hatchback rivals

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