in the 1990s vast parts of Britain removed of the power of the Ford Mondeo this mid-sized family saloon represented the aspirations of millions of middle-class workers all over the country if you’re a Mondeo man or woman then you were going places it’s got good form too because we named it our car of the year in 1993 and again in 2001 these days though it does face some tougher competition from the likes of Skoda Superb and Paul’s wagons Passat to compete here the mande will need to persuade family buyers that it can be every bit as practical and comfortable as its rivals while offering you great value for money and for any car that’s a tall order in this review we’ll tell you what it’s like to drive how easy it is to live with and how much stuff you can get inside and if at the end of all of that you’re thinking about buying one then you can head to our new car deals section where we can help save you thousands first though let’s see what it’s like on the road in a class heavily associated with company car drivers it is no surprise that diesels are at the core of the mando’s engine range there’s the 1.5 and 2-liter diesel to choose from and we recommend the 1.5 litre diesel because it’s smooth and is extremely efficient
however if you would like more power and you’d like stronger acceleration then you can go for the 177 brake horsepower 2-liter diesel fitted to this car there’s two petrol engines to choose from and out of those we recommend the 1.5 litre EcoBoost and there’s also a hybrid which teams a 2 liter petrol with an electric motor but the combination doesn’t really work that well so we would avoid the favorite one thing for does really well is make his cars handle well and the Mondeo is no exception it’s adult ends in two corners eagerly and doesn’t lean too much through the faster bends if I had one criticism it would be the steering wheel is too enthusiastic to self-center which doesn’t really give you a clear indication of how much grip there is on the front wheels even if the steering is pretty precise the Mondeo rides well for a big car too especially if you stick with smaller alloy wheels and no matter which version you go for very little engine and wind noise finds its way inside on the cheaper trim levels you have to make do with manual adjustment on the seat and steering wheel this one is not one of the cheaper models
so I’ve got electrically adjustable seats even with the manually adjustable ones you still can find a comfortable driving position the adjustment for this difference in a really awkward place because it’s quite far over to the right so that’s not the easiest to get to however I have now found my comfortable driving position I’m sure you will as well what’s not so great is visibility out of the front and the back because these pillars are just so large and it does make it quite difficult to judge the mando’s extremities when parking thankfully though parking sensors do come as standard front and rear and on the options list you can also spec a reversing camera and all cars come with a heated front screen which is a lot more pleasant to clear snow and ice than using a scraper every Monday comes with this 8-inch touchscreen which includes features such as da B radio and Bluetooth unfortunately it’s not quite as easy to use as the system found in say the Skoda Superb the home screen has got different sections and then small icons within which when you’re on the move it’s actually quite difficult to hit the right button and it’s not quite as crisp and logically laid out as the Volkswagen Passat or again the Skoda so overall that could be better although the voice command facility is rather good and if you start to look and feel around it’s just not quite as plush as the Volkswagen Passat or Skoda Superb the buttons are just not quite as satisfying to operate and some of the materials are just a little bit low-rent even the tallest of people will find that there is enough room in front of the Ford Mondeo and if this is your first walk car video review that you’re watching I’m only five foot four and a half if you’re six-foot you will find that it is plenty roomy enough it’s also a very wide car so there’s plenty of space between you and your passenger just in case you have an argument and there’s lots of storage places everywhere so a large bottle of water we have a posh one today fits in the door burn but it might be a little dangerous to leave it in there because the door bin is a tad on the shallow side so we’re going to pop it in every room in there there’s a little storage place here in front of the gear lever two cupholders and some more storage here so I’ve got the keys this push button start some snacks there’s quite a deep storage as well there which is very useful moving to the back and you’ll find that there is not as much Headroom as there is in a Skoda Superb but if your average or below average height you have no problem at all you can fit three adults side-by-side without too many complaints and there’s a useful door bin pocket almost if you haven’t got a middle seat passenger with two cupholders as well and there’s also a mock pocket on the back of the seats we’ve got a map I’ve got the latest brochure for the Ford Mondeo so I’m going to put that in you move around to the Monday’s beat and first thing you notice is this hatchback style opening which is by far the most practical note if you go for the hybrid you lose that and it’s only a saloon opening small price is practical it’s a large boot although it’s not quite as big as Skoda Superb and there’s a load neck hair which is a little irritating although not uncommon in class and if you need more space fold down the rear seats to create the chief of diesel versions of the Mondeo stuck up well financially regardless of whether you’re buying on PCP or outright it’s cheaper to buy the many of its rivals and emits less co2 making it one of the cheapest company cars in its class go for our recommended Z tech edition trim and you’ll get alloys climate control and that eight inch color touchscreen infotainment system we can see the appeal of a titanium Edition specification too because it adds leather seats automatic lights and wipers and keyless entry the more expensive trims are harder to recommend on the esti line models ride on sport suspension so don’t ride quite as smoothly if you’re a company car driver it’s hard to look past the 1.5 liter diesel because of its low co2 emissions however if you’re a private buyer the 1.5 litre petrol EcoBoost is worth a look automatic emergency braking comes a standard across the Monday range and it was awarded the full 5 stars in the euro n cut crash testing when it was last tested in 2014 no matter which Monday you go for is worth noting that Ford offers large discounts across its range so be sure to haggle hard overall the Monto is not quite as an impressive all-rounder as the Skoda Superb but it is good to drive spacious and has a big boot so if you’re interested in buying one head – what car calm read our full online review including those of its rival and remember we can help save you money go to our new car deals section but before you go anywhere hit subscribe and never miss another video you
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