How to choose the best Ford Mondeo

March 25, 2015 | By | In Buying Guides
How to choose the best Ford Mondeo

Despite getting very long in the tooth, the Ford Mondeo has maintained its position in the UK’s bestselling car list. However, Ford has just given its popular large car a complete overhaul, with sharper exterior styling, a more upmarket interior and a range of powerful and frugal new models.

With the new Mondeo now appearing in showrooms, this large Ford makes even more sense than before as a good value large hatchback, which offers all the space and comfort of a luxury car in a much more affordable package.

We’ve trawled through the extensive Mondeo range to highlight the models which offer the strongest appeal to those on a tight budget, those looking for the cheapest car to run and those who want a more plush machine, with plenty of high-end equipment as standard.

The smart choice for those on a budget – 1.6 TDCi 115 Style

This Mondeo may be the cheapest car in the range – and the cheapest to run – but it has all of the essential kit you could want (with the exception of electric rear windows). Standard kit on this £20,795 model includes an eight-inch touchscreen media system with a digital radio, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and 16-inch alloy wheels.

With a 1.6-litre diesel engine under the bonnet this Mondeo returns a very impressive claimed fuel economy figure of 78.5mpg, while emitting CO2 emissions of just 95g/km – low enough to warrant free annual car tax. This isn’t a particularly quick model, however, requiring a lengthy 12.1 seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph.

The smart choice for value for money – 1.5T EcoBoost 160 Zetec

This petrol Mondeo does cost a little more than the model above at £21,045, though it should be a more appealing option for most buyers thanks to its extra equipment and more punchy engine. In Zetec trim this car includes all of the kit of the model above, plus a heated front windscreen, electric rear windows, electric folding wing mirrors and a speed limiter function to the cruise control.

Despite having a petrol motor under the bonnet, low CO2 emissions mean that this model falls into the £130 tax band, while official economy is also reasonable at 48.7mpg. Thanks to its turbocharged 1.5-litre engine the EcoBoost 160 can also accelerate to 62mph in a sprightly 9.2 seconds.

The smart choice for technophiles – 2.0 TDCI 180 Titanium

Those with more money to spend, however, may want to splash out on the 2.0 TDCI 180 Titanium, which is available for £24,245. Though this model slots below range-topping Titanium X trim, it includes more than enough kit for most buyers while undercutting Titanium X models substantially.

Desirable standard features on this model include a sat nav system, automatic headlights and wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and a lane keeping aid, which helps to keep the car in its lane on motorways and dual carriageways. With a powerful diesel engine under the bonnet, this Mondeo is capable of zooming to 62mph in a speedy 8.3 seconds, though economy is also impressive at 64.2mpg. Low emissions also place this model into the £30 a year tax band.

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