New 2.0-litre diesel and estate version of hybrid added to facelifted range, while prices start from £21,995
18 January 2019

Ford has released details of a facelifted version of the Mondeo hatchback, saloon and estate range, with the hope of reviving its appeal in the ever-declining large mainstream car market.

The Vauxhall Insignia rival has been given a mild exterior redesign, with new grille designs specific to each trim level, revised bumpers and a new LED running light design. At the rear, reshaped taillights and a full-width chrome strip feature, while new personalisation options are added.

The biggest mechanical change is the fitment of Ford’s latest EcoBlue diesel engine, meeting the latest emissions regulations with a selective catalytic reduction system. It’s said to be more refined thanks to technical enhancements including a new high pressure fuel injection system, while low-end torque is also enhanced. It’s available in 148bhp or 187bhp forms.

As confirmed last year, the Mondeo estate will also new be available with a hybrid version for the first time. Expected to account for 50% of sales, the petrol-electric model uses the same 184bhp 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine mated to an electric motor, generator, 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery and CVT-mimicking automatic gearbox. The estate is expected to emit 103g/km of CO2 once homologated. Boot space for the hybrid estate is reduced from 525 to 403 litres with the rear seats in place. 

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Inside, new upholstery choices, decorative trim inserts and door handles feature, while Ford claims centre console fit and finish has been improved. A rotary dial gear selector has been added to models equipped with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, freeing up additional storage space and charging points. The gearbox itself has also been revised to offer adaptive shift patterns.

New technology includes a Stop & Go function added to the adaptive cruise control, automatically bringing the car to a halt and pulling away either automatically if the driver is stopped for less than three seconds, or with touch of the ‘resume’ button if stationary for longer.

The intelligent speed limiter system, first added to the S-Max and Galaxy, is now available in the Mondeo, automatically adjusting the car’s speed when a new limit is detected. The existing SYNC 3 infotainment and navigation system is unchanged.

Prices start at £21,995 for the base Zetec Edition model, rising to £24,095 for the Titanium Edition and £28,000 for the Titanium Edition Hybrid. The hybrid estate adds £1,420. Topping out the range is Vignale trim, which is available from £31,425. 

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18 January 2019
The Mondeo is often overlooked yet it is a superb car. Especially in estate form.

Why can VAG shift Passats and Superbs but Ford cant sell Mondeos?

Although any one who has been into a Ford dealer probably knows the answer.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

18 January 2019
Thekrankis wrote:

The Mondeo is often overlooked yet it is a superb car. Especially in estate form. Why can VAG shift Passats and Superbs but Ford cant sell Mondeos? Although any one who has been into a Ford dealer probably knows the answer.....

I agree that most Fords on sale are still decent with a couple, the Fiesta and Focus, being excellent. But I can't help feel that this is a far cry from about 10 to 15 years ago when most Fords were truly superb with most being class leaders. Nowadays there is something missing, that final polish, magic and all-round brilliance. And I don't think it's helped by the fact that not only has there been a big move towards premium, and sub-premium brands (e.g. VW), due to the appeal of badges and with many buyers being image conscious, but the feel of Fords, especially in their interiors, don't make the grade anymore in that they feel slightly low rent for the price (particulalry with their larger models). And also premium brands have become more attainable too, even if they are no longer as exclusive or hold their value as well as they use 20 years or so ago. But you feel you're getting more for your money, including that all important premium badge.

18 January 2019
Lanehogger wrote:

Thekrankis wrote:

The Mondeo is often overlooked yet it is a superb car. Especially in estate form. Why can VAG shift Passats and Superbs but Ford cant sell Mondeos? Although any one who has been into a Ford dealer probably knows the answer.....

I agree that most Fords on sale are still decent with a couple, the Fiesta and Focus, being excellent. But I can't help feel that this is a far cry from about 10 to 15 years ago when most Fords were truly superb with most being class leaders. Nowadays there is something missing, that final polish, magic and all-round brilliance. And I don't think it's helped by the fact that not only has there been a big move towards premium, and sub-premium brands (e.g. VW), due to the appeal of badges and with many buyers being image conscious, but the feel of Fords, especially in their interiors, don't make the grade anymore in that they feel slightly low rent for the price (particulalry with their larger models). And also premium brands have become more attainable too, even if they are no longer as exclusive or hold their value as well as they use 20 years or so ago. But you feel you're getting more for your money, including that all important premium badge.

Agreed. I drive a 2009 Titanium X 140 diesel as a second car just for work and it's truly excellent. Yes, not the best looker (especially as I couldn't afford the estate at the time - will be sorted in time!) but as an all-rounder it's fantastic. The only negative is getting used to it being a very big/long car but the handling, MPG, features, smooth engine make it a GREAT long distance motorway cruiser. I often drive it on long trips (which is weekly) and can't work out what is better than the few thousand I paid for it as an all-rounder and for the purpose I bought it for. Great car. 

18 January 2019

There's a smart looking nearly new Mondeo estate sitting in my local Ford stealer - was thinking maybe it's a bargin as they can't shift it. According to website it's a Vignale 2.0L diesel auto, 7000miles - £25k - not the bargain I thought it might be. I then look up the real mpg, find folk struggling to get low 40s mpg and powershift gearbox troublesome. So when you can buy larger petrol powered auto estates from other manufacturers, the case for this Mondeo is what exactly?

Ford's solution is to bring in hybrid tech. The Mondeo estate is a large car by any standards but the already small load capacity of 525litres will be reduced to 403litres - ie no bigger than a small hatchback.

Why would anyone buy a large estate car with the load capacity of a C-segment hatch? Their new Focus estate is approx 80ltr bigger than a normal Mondeo estate, and 200ltr or 1/3 bigger than a hybrid.

Respect to any salesperson who can shift one of these things.

18 January 2019
scotty5 wrote:

There's a smart looking nearly new Mondeo estate sitting in my local Ford stealer - was thinking maybe it's a bargin as they can't shift it. According to website it's a Vignale 2.0L diesel auto, 7000miles - £25k - not the bargain I thought it might be. I then look up the real mpg, find folk struggling to get low 40s mpg and powershift gearbox troublesome. So when you can buy larger petrol powered auto estates from other manufacturers, the case for this Mondeo is what exactly?

Not entirely sure where you get your information from..I do own a Powershift 2.0 180 Mondeo. I spent ages looking for my next car looking at Audi A4, BMW 3 series etc as an Estate. The premium badges had less space and far less kit on them. For example a Passat I looked at had the 150bhp engine, halogen headlights yet was more expensive. Audi I would of been lucky to get a really dull 1.4 manual Estate with no kit on it. At least mine has everything leather, power boot, heated steering wheel, all sorts of collision avoidance etc.. I wanted toys and handling, not a badge and dullness. 

Also the DCT450 getrag box is very reliable more so than the DSG of the time and doesn’t suffer with the pause DSG does - DCT250 Powershift in the Fiesta/Focus which was a dry clutch box was bad to begin with maybe this is the box you are confusing it with? 

And finally I can easily see 50mpg on mine no problem - a lot of the forum members on the Facebook site done have mpg issues neither.... 

 

 

 

18 January 2019

Interesting that Ford has chosen not to adopt the same front end from the facelfited Fusion, launched a couple of years ago, for this revised Mondeo. Either way, one thing that is noticeable is that the Mondeo is looking old now inside and out but it's not surprising when it was launched 2 years after the Fusion which is already 7 years old. Could this also be the final facelift for a final mid-sized Ford? With Fusion about to be canned and low sales of the Mondeo, in Europe at least, it could well be.

18 January 2019

Yes, the end of an era.

The Mondeo isn't exactly mid-sized though, seeing that's now longer than the Ford Scorpio!

18 January 2019

It's beginning to look a little dated, especially the rear. As to the prices it seems more competive than alot of Fords.  One thing that always sullyied the Mondeo name was it being fitted with a 1.0 triple, I think you could even get it in the estate, it got bad reviews and was use to punish reps not meeting sales figures. Basically tarrred an OK car

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

18 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

It's beginning to look a little dated, especially the rear. As to the prices it seems more competive than alot of Fords.  One thing that always sullyied the Mondeo name was it being fitted with a 1.0 triple, I think you could even get it in the estate, it got bad reviews and was use to punish reps not meeting sales figures. Basically tarrred an OK car

 

"Look a little dated"?...explain. Never any detail, just isolated comments, no context, no thought, just empty words, from a dessicated empty shell. How would you know the fate of target driven reps?. Oh...were you one once?...double glazing?, widgets?, photocopier repair operative?. All very laudable occupations...if you were any good at them...were you?. Nope...better to stay welded to that sticky stain on your decrepit sofa and be a keyboard hero to you many thought driven alter egos. 

 

What on earth is "tarrred"?...should have paid attention at your "approved" school, tut, tut. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

FM8

18 January 2019
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

It's beginning to look a little dated, especially the rear. As to the prices it seems more competive than alot of Fords.  One thing that always sullyied the Mondeo name was it being fitted with a 1.0 triple, I think you could even get it in the estate, it got bad reviews and was use to punish reps not meeting sales figures. Basically tarrred an OK car

 

"Look a little dated"?...explain. Never any detail, just isolated comments, no context, no thought, just empty words, from a dessicated empty shell. How would you know the fate of target driven reps?. Oh...were you one once?...double glazing?, widgets?, photocopier repair operative?. All very laudable occupations...if you were any good at them...were you?. Nope...better to stay welded to that sticky stain on your decrepit sofa and be a keyboard hero to you many thought driven alter egos. 

 

What on earth is "tarrred"?...should have paid attention at your "approved" school, tut, tut. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

Collective yawn.  Yet again, you offer nothing to the subject matter, just personal insult to others.  What a vacuum of person, zero personality, just a mouthing off.  Let us hear your views on the subject...

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