Here we look at the fourth-generation Ford Mondeo, a D-segment family car that has been around since the early nineties – replacing the Sierra. This iteration was launched in 2014, arriving in Ireland in the second half of that year, though it was perceived to be late arriving in Europe as it’s based on the North American version that went on sale more than a year earlier.
The Mondeo was available as a capacious estate and some versions (the Vignale and Hybrid models, specifically) used a four-door saloon body, but the majority of examples sold were a five-door hatchback. Early on, trim levels were Style, Zetec and Titanium, but that evolved later in the Mondeo’s life to match buyer preference for more equipment. The latest versions are badged Zetec, Titanium and the sporty-looking ST-Line +, while the luxurious Vignale tops the range. Other than the HEV hybrid (which uses a 2.0-litre petrol-electric drivetrain), the Mondeo is predominantly diesel powered (1.5 or 2.0 lately, the 1.5 replacing an older 1.6-litre TDCi unit), though there were petrol offerings earlier in this generation’s life.
The Mondeo is a big and heavy car, so it really needs the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine to feel like it has adequate performance. It’s reasonably economical and cheap to tax, however. In general, the Mondeo is comfortable and spacious in comparison to the rest of the segment.
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi
Engine: 2.0-litre turbodiesel
Maximum speed: 215km/h
0-100km/h: 9.3 seconds
Fuel consumption: 4.4 litres/100km
• Good comfort and composure
• Big inside and in the boot
• Can look great
• Some quality questions
• Dashboard design is odd
• Almost all diesel in the classifieds
Once upon a time, the Mondeo could do no wrong, but this generation never scaled those heights and could never be called one of the best cars in the segment. Saying that, it’s good value as a used car and can look great depending on specification. Plus, it’s comfortable and relatively economical. If a diesel version suits your needs, then it’s well worth considering.