From £17,850
It’s our top car in this class, and in this trim and with this powerplant it looks good and really makes the most of the Ford’s capable chassis

Our Verdict

Ford Mondeo 2007-2014
The Ford Mondeo is a well developed all-rounder that shines with its handling and finish

The Ford Mondeo is a fine car in most areas. The family hatch is still a class leader even as its replacement nears

5 August 2011

What is it?

This is the quickest Ford that the Blue Oval has on sale right now. Of course there was a time when tuned, big-engined Ford Sierras, and Mondeo V6 STs, were the fast Fords that dominated the streets of suburbia.

They were the aspirational ‘hot’ models for devotees of the company’s range. Now though, if you’re after an affordable performance car, a smaller-capacity hot hatch is more the order of the day; but for Ford, certainly until its more powerful Fiesta and Focus models arrive, this petrol Ecoboost Mondeo is the motor that will have to keep performance fans satiated. We’re pretty familiar with this 2.0-litre engine though, as the 200bhp variant is installed in the long-term S-Max we’ve been running for 12 months, and we’re big fans of its swift power delivery in a lower tune, so we’re even more enthusiastic about more horses installed in this Mondeo.

What’s it like?

The big Ford is certainly quick, the 237bhp EcoBoost engine will power the Mondeo from 0-62mph in 7.5sec and on to a top whack of 153mph, and the newly introduced stop-start system (which can reduce fuel consumption by up to five per cent) helps return a respectable 36.7mpg; pretty remarkable considering an impressive torque figure of 250lb ft. Outside, the most telling part of the X Sport car is a gloss-black grille with chrome surrounds, it’s subtle but it looks the part. Inside, the cabin has a more obvious performance feel to it, thanks to some Alcantara seat trim and red stitching threaded through various parts of the leather cabin.

Even though there’s only 2.0-litres of capacity, the Mondeo provides some aural drama when you get chance to open up the throttle, but on the motorway the capable six-speed ’box helps the Mondeo cruise quietly. It’s eager to respond to throttle inputs, though, the double-clutch system providing quick and smooth changes and always finding the appropriate gear at whatever speed, which all helps to make this engine great for exploiting what is the most agile of family motors.

Should I buy one?

It’s our top car in this class, and in this trim and with this powerplant it looks good and really makes the most of the Ford’s capable chassis. Yes a comparable TDCi will do more miles to the gallon and have a marginally better CO2 figure, but it will cost you more to buy and won’t sound or perform as well. So for me, this is, quite literally, the petrolhead’s choice.

Gary Lord

Ford Mondeo 2.0-litre EcoBoost Stop-start Titanium X Sport

Price: £27,710; Top speed: 153mph; 0-62mph: 7.5sec; Economy: 36.7mpg (combined); CO2: 179g/km; Kerb weight: 1569kg; Engine: 4 cyls. 1999cc, turbocharged petrol; Power: 237bhp at 5500rpm; Torque: 250lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox 6-spd auto

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12 August 2011

The absense of a Hot Mondeo has alwasy been a gap in the lineup I've thought. Although to be honest, i don't think this answers the question. It isn't really that quick in the scheme of things. It needs a V6.

A semi-Quick Mondeo with a petrol engine I imagine is an answer to a question nobody asked. I can imagine people going for the petrol if it was properly quick, but not like this.

12 August 2011

looks good - not bad performance wise - although a new insignia 2.0 turbo is out soon which will be slightly quicker and a bit more claimed mpg.

I don't think the performance is bad - I mean 0-60 in 7.5 seconds isn't to be sniffed at and really how quick can you drive a car these days.

I have a corsa with a 1.6 turbo - very rarely get to use the power.

12 August 2011

Although I'm sure its a very capable vehicle this generation of Mondeo has somehow never looked 'right' to me. Its the same with the fascia, for some reason I just don't like it, particularly the instrument pack with the large screen between the dials. The previous model's dashboard was a lot more classy.

12 August 2011

[quote catnip]Although I'm sure its a very capable vehicle this generation of Mondeo has somehow never looked 'right' to me[/quote] I know what you mean. When it made its big splashy entrance in Casino Royale it was quite a sharp and clean design but for some reason it didn't work and for me, looked dated very quickly indeed.

12 August 2011

I like this. Just a pity Ford have poor build/reliability and customer service meaning Id never own one.

12 August 2011

I always felt the Mk4 Mondeo could have been sold purely as a Jaguar X-Type, 'cept Ford ditched Jag soon after its unveiling.

I'd opine the XF's design 'language' owes something to the slightly more humble Ford.

12 August 2011

[quote theother]

Just a pity Ford have poor build/reliability and customer service.

[/quote] Which is weird because we have had more than10 years of near trouble free motoring from two 6 month old focuses where the only problem was a key acting up. Both cars were ford direct (nearly new) and the dealers did the work without any quibble at all. Unlike most brands of company car that I have ever had. I have recently had a 24 hour test drive in a mondeo as I am thinking of having one for a company car and ford were by far and away the best company to deal with to get a long test drive. No arguing and exactly the spec i wanted was delivered to my door. http://www.reliabilityindex.com/manufacturer . Also might tell a bit of a different story?

12 August 2011

[quote catnip]Although I'm sure its a very capable vehicle this generation of Mondeo has somehow never looked 'right' to me. Its the same with the fascia, for some reason I just don't like it, particularly the instrument pack with the large screen between the dials. The previous model's dashboard was a lot more classy[/quote]

I was thinking exactly the same thing. I never really liked this generation Mondeo and the recent face lift has not changed my opnion. I just found the exterior and interior styling a little dull. Must admit, I do like this model though. I think the black grill surround has improved matters and the fascia seems to work. I think the performance is good. 0-60 in 7.5 and more than 150mph are more than respectable and I'm sure if I were driving it, I would be pleased with its pace

12 August 2011

Like Catnip, I have never really got on with the Mondeo's styling, no matter what generation it was.

I used to think that it was the fact they were so common on the road but this latest generation has proved to be anything but. It looks, okayish, I'm just not sure I could bring myself to buy one.

With regards to this car, I am pleased Ford have continued to develop their petrol engined versions. So many manufacturers have dropped anything with a petrol engine over about 140bhp, this makes a pleasant change.

Shame it isn't available in an ST trim though.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 August 2011

[quote fhp11]The absense of a Hot Mondeo has alwasy been a gap in the lineup I've thought. Although to be honest, i don't think this answers the question. It isn't really that quick in the scheme of things. It needs a V6.[/quote]

There's a recession on plus we can get more out of a V4 so why bother with a V6 and also get better mpg,lower Co'2 also, most car makers are following this mantra, smaller is better!

Peter Cavellini.

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