Mondeo man

Road test: Ford Mondeo Titanium Estate 2.0 Duratorq TDCi

This week, I am Mondeo Man. He’s a jolly lucky fellow, too. The Mondeo has always been cited as the bench mark for this non-premium sector and first impressions are good.

A little detail, then. The all-new model is just starting to appear on our roads and while the previous generation looked a little ungainly – a series of discrete designs all on one car – this latest model is elegant and coherent in its style. It carries over a few recognisable features for continuity but Ford’s ‘kinetic design’ language breathed across the range works well on the larger hatchback and estate Mondeos. The front is undeniably Ford and there is some attractive (if a little generic) detailing along the flanks with the tight swage line. The rear of the estate does look a little heavy in the darker colours; the hatchback is the neater of the two body forms. Clever LED headlamps complete the appearance and from its best angle – the front three-quarter – it is a fine looker.

It is long

We like a large car and the Mondeo certainly fits the bill. At 4,867mm in length, the estate exceeds the standard recommended parking bay length by 67mm (just shy of 3” in old money); the hatchback is 4mm longer still.

The Mondeo is available with a range of engines from the 240 PS petrol and 180 PS two-litre diesel right down to the diminutive one-litre Ecoboost petrol with 1.5 litre petrol and diesel options in between. Our test car has the 150 PS Duratorq two-litre TDCI diesel engine and as expected, it gave reasonable performance and economy while not being adversely affected by passengers or luggage. The one-litre petrol, while undoubtedly clever, lacks the torque for a larger car and we’d certainly plump for one of the two 1.5 litre options if economy was paramount with the 2.0 litre diesel as the choice for lugging ability.

Respectable

The Mondeo – even partly loaded – doesn’t have the magic carpet ride of the smaller Focus and C-MAX models but it isn’t bad and it happily gobbles-up the miles.  It can be hustled along quite quickly too: the steering weights up well and it hangs onto the road respectably although it doesn’t have the crispness or precision of certain other German brands we could mention.

Our Titanium trim level – one below the top Vignale and two over the entry Style – has a list of standard fit items as long as one’s arm. One frustrating omission is a rear camera which would be the icing on the cake as the rear of the car is some distance from the driver. Finish is neat and common sense abounds with the dash design. The new Windows media display is touch screen and features are easily accessible. We did find the climate control rather aggressive and on the noisy side if left in auto mode.

Despite the number of cross-overs and SUVs eating into sales of the standard saloons and estates, they still offer a relaxed drive which is why they will be around for a while, both on fleets and for private buyers alike. That said, it is still a diminishing sector and one already dominated by premium models from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Mondeo Man, then, enjoys strong use of technology, high equipment levels and an array of engines to suit most needs. It’s not perfect but nothing to stop it pounding the motorways for some time yet.

Ford Mondeo Titanium Estate 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 6 Speed (£29,220 as tested). Range starts at £19,995.

Power: 150 PS (@ 3,500 rpm), torque: 350 Nm (@ 2,000 rpm), emissions: 119g/km CO2 (band C), 0-62 mph: 9.4 secs.

Motor Writer rating: ●●●●○





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