What is it?
The estate version of the new Mondeo. It’s launching alongside the hatchback, with the same engine lineup and starting at £22,045 for the entry-level Style model - a £1250 walkup from the five-door car that’s reflected across the board.
That buys you around 20kg more bodywork, and all the usual advantages that come with it. The hatchback is hardly short on boot space, but load the wagon to the ceiling without moving the seats and there’s close to 100 litres more on offer if you forgo a spare wheel, at 755 litres.
Flatten the back row (which is child’s play) and the advantage is closer to 200 litres, to 1630 litres. Total load capacity is less than that which Volkswagens quote for the new Passat - and up to the parcel shelf, a Mondeo hatch will actually offer marginally more space if you opt to keep just a tyre repair kit under the boot floor.
Peering in from the rear end, though, it’s hard to imagine anyone complaining at the carpeted cavern on offer.
Certainly not rear passengers, anyway. The increased headroom afforded by the estate’s more generous roofline is obvious from the inside; Ford itself measuring the gap at a useful 31mm, without a sunroof to accommodate.
In the Mondeo, that’s the difference between hosting a six-foot teenager comfortably in the back, and not just tolerably.
There is a price to pay at the business end, of course - but it’s fractional. In the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol we tested, the estate emitted 3g/km more CO2 than the five-door, was less than 1mpg thirstier and 0.1 second slower to 62mph. So, in the real world, effectively the same. In Titanium spec, with a substantial amount of toys, the starting price creeps up to £23,495.