Rather like the hatch we drove earlier in the week, unsurprisingly. Which is to say very good in many ways and entirely satisfactory everywhere else.
Comfort and refinement are undeniably and impressively enhanced; Ford’s chassis engineer privately conceding that the Mondeo’s dynamic compromise is now as much about driver contentment as it is about obliging their enthusiasm.
That approach will have some in mourning, but, frankly, the trade-off feels about right. The estate we drove swapped out the adaptive damper system for the standard passive setup, and still rode on 18-inch wheels as though it had twice the suspension travel of its predecessor.
The new rear axle, with quieter subframe mounts and superior stiffness throughout, has clearly delivered the better bump absorption and NVH improvements intended.
A quieter, more considered, possibly more ponderous Mondeo estate is the result.
It’s more detached, certainly - chiefly as a result of the electric power steering, which inevitably falls short of the previous hydraulic rack’s crisp feedback and responsiveness. But there’s accuracy enough in the new system to keep the almost identical MacPherson front struts aimed at the right piece of road - and sufficient resistance to convey stability at high speed.
The chief difference here then is the 1.5-litre EcoBoost, a petrol unit very much in the modern template: responsive without being fast, industrious without being shrill and not quite frugal enough to suggest itself as a serious alternative to Ford’s diesel engines.
It develops 158bhp at 6000rpm, but truthfully you’ll have lost interest by the time 177lb ft of torque starts trailing off beyond 4500rpm.
That’s sufficient for covering 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds, with some flexibility in a long sixth gear and otherwise decent progress without the need for an endless flogging of the throttle - but only just. Which doesn’t necessarily bode well for the cheaper, more familiar 1.0-litre EcoBoost due next spring.
That’ll be a touch lighter over the nose, although almost certainly not enough to make up for the significant shortfall in power.