What is it?
The most frugal Ford Mondeo yet offered, delivering emissions of 114g/km and now available in Business Edition trim with equipment to squarely target the fleet market.
Its list price is £1600 more than the spartan, entry-level Mondeo Edge in Econetic trim, and £600 more than the Zetec Econetic. For your extra pounds, you get a good value package of additional equipment including an upgraded navigation system with DAB and MP3 functions front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and privacy glass.
The standard-fit 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and chrome trims give it the kind of driveway appeal that can sometimes lack in fleet big-hitters.
What is it like?
There’s no lack of urge from the Dagenham-built 1.6-litre TDCi unit. There’s a small amount of diesel rumble at start-up but, for the most part, it is smooth and quiet on the move. Power tails off from around 3500rpm, which is when the engine’s clatter begins to drift into the cabin. Back off, or shift up and it regains its composure.
The ride and handling balance is perfectly judged. Over a variety of road surfaces and speeds, the Mondeo’s suspension soaked the worst of the bumps but still retained a huge amount of body control. Despite the basic architecture dating back to 2007, the steering is still among the class best. Some may find it a little light around the first few degrees of lock, but there’s a delicacy that’s hard to beat.
It’s easy to dismiss the Econetic model as a cost-conscious purchase, but the simple fact is that most buyers won’t need any more. As an everyday family car or motorway hack, the 113bhp unit is more than adequate. It feels relaxed at motorway pace, with plenty in its pocket for overtaking.
Standard equipment included in the Business Edition trim makes the Mondeo an easy companion. There’s pretty much all the kit most drivers really need. Leather trim might be nice, but after a six-hour drive, things can get a bit sticky. Plus it’ll hurt your benefit-in-kind rating.
Should I buy one?
Yes. If you’re choosing your next company car, this is the Mondeo to go for. And even if it’s a private purchase, there is much to recommend, not least the promise of 114g/km and 65.7mpg. The question is, has Ford undermined the rest of its Mondeo range with such a competent all-rounder?
Mondeo Zetec Business Edition 1.6TDCI Econetic start-stop
Price £21,795; 0-62mph 11.9sec; Top speed 118mph; Economy 65.7mpg; CO2 114g/km; Kerbweight 1496kg; Engine type 4-cyl turbodiesel, 1560cc; Power 113bhp at 3600rpm; Torque 199lb ft at 1750-2500rpm; Gearbox 6sp manual
By Stuart Milne