What is it?
Like the impressive Focus Econetic below it, the new Ford Mondeo Econetic is the most frugal and lowest carbon-emitting Mondeo you can buy.
Effectively, it’s a 1.8-litre TDCi Zetec model with Michelin Primacy low rolling resistance tyres, a marginally more aerodynamic body, some lower-friction gearbox oil and a slightly more parsimonious engine management system for its 123bhp diesel four-pot.
There are no expensive lithium ion batteries or fancy exhausts catalysts here; Ford’s philosophy of environmental motoring is to make small, affordable and meaningful changes to its cars that will have a large effect on overall emissions. That’s why the Econetic Mondeo only costs £250 more than an identically equipped Zetec. And yet, at 139g/km, it emits no more CO2 than a petrol-powered Nissan Micra.
What’s it like?
First, let’s get mercenary. If you’re a company car driver, this Mondeo will probably save you a little more than its £250 price premium in reduced benefit-in-kind company car tax payments over a typical three-year ownership period, relative to a standard Mondeo 1.8 TDCi Zetec.
If you’re buying privately, it will cost only slightly less to tax over the same period – you’ll only save £30 over three years. Both retail and fleet buyers will reap the rewards of the car’s impressive 53.3mpg economy. This is the only Mondeo capable of putting more than 800 miles between trips to the pump, and judging by our real-world test, if you drive it sensibly, that figure should be eminently achievable.