Ford Mondeo Estate Review Ford Mondeo 2018 Uk
Ford Mondeo Estate Review Ford Mondeo 2018 Uk

Ford Mondeo 2018 Uk Colors, Release Date, Redesign, Price

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Although the new Ford Mondeo is only just
now arriving in the UK, it’s already been on sale in the US for the last three years
as the Fusion. There it sells only in saloon form, but here we get primarily hatchback
and estate body styles, with the saloon reserved for the hybrid model. Although the delay may
mean the new Mondeo isn’t as striking as it perhaps might have been, Ford say they’ve
used the time to fill the new Mondeo with some of their latest gadgets, such as their
new pedestrian detection system, an inflatable rear seat-belt, and their new Dynamic LED
headlights that alter their pattern according to speed, light levels, distance from the
vehicle in front and other parameters. Physically, the new Mondeo is bigger than before – in
fact, even the hatchback model is longer than most competitors’ estate models – but its
design manages to hide its size quite well. Cabin space is generous, and the high belt-line
gives a sense of security, although the thick A-pillars can restrict the driver’s view at
junctions. Dominating the cabin design is Ford’s new Sync 2 system, which uses an eight-inch
colour touch-screen that’s standard across the range. Its interface is split into four
zones, and although it provides fairly efficient access to most functions, the layout isn’t
always that intuitive.

We also found that the heavily angled screen was easily affected
by sunlight and reflections. Navigation is standard on Titanium models, but can be added
to lesser grades for the commendably low sum of £300.

Titanium models also get a new TFT
instrument cluster that can display a range of data including navigation instructions,
while lesser models have more conventional gauges. Rear seat passengers will find there’s
plenty of leg- and foot-room, although the sloping roof-line can eat into headroom. We
also found it affected rearward visibility for the driver, too. If you’re particularly
protective of your passengers, you can add Ford’s new inflatable rear seat-belts for
just £175. Luggage space is good, with up to 550 litres depending on whether you have
a spare wheel or not, rising to 1,466 litres with the seats folded. Estate models boast
up to 1,630 litres, although this is still less than, say, a Mazda 6. From launch, three
diesel engines will be available, starting with a 1.6 with 115PS, plus two 2.0-litre
units with 150 and 180PS. A pair of petrol EcoBoost units are also available, a 1.5 with
160PS and a 2.0-litre with 240PS. Following later in the year will be a new 1.0-litre
EcoBoost plus a high-powered twin-turbo diesel with 210PS, as well as a series of all-wheel-drive
models. There’s also a hybrid that combines a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine with
an electric motor and lithium-ion battery, but that’s mated exclusively to a CVT auto
which we’re not fans of. Emissions and economy are decent, the 1.6 diesel recording 94 g/km
and up to 78.5 mpg, although you’re unlikely to get anywhere near that in the real world.

We spent most of our time behind the wheel of the 2.0-litre diesel units, and two things
struck us about the pair of them. Firstly, they are both a little lethargic, and despite
creditable on-paper performance figures – the 180PS unit sprints from 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds
– in the real world they just don’t feel that quick. Part of this is perhaps due to the
rather tall gearing they’ve been given, presumably in the interests of achieving low CO2 figures,
but this relegates sixth gear to little more than a motorway overdrive ratio. Secondly,
all the engines we tried were incredibly refined with all mechanical noises well isolated from
the cabin. In fact, that’s something that’s true for the new Mondeo in general, with wind
and road noise both well suppressed, thanks to a new rear suspension set-up and additional
sound proofing. The 2.0-litre is particularly easy to drive, and it includes a neat anti-stall
function that raises the revs slightly as soon as you begin to lift the clutch pedal,
and this combines with the hill-holder function to make hill starts a doddle. The 1.6 is a
little trickier to get moving from an incline though, as at low revs it’s rather lacking
in torque. It’s on the motorway, though, that the new Mondeo begins to shine. Combine the
impressive noise isolation with the Mondeo’s excellent ride quality, and you have a car
that will happily eat up the miles, and it even deals well with cat’s eyes and other
large surface imperfections. Unfortunately there is a trade-off, and in this case it’s
the handling.

The previous Mondeo was a well-regarded driver’s car, but this new model seems to
have rounded off the edges just a little too much. The majority of the blame for this is
likely to fall on the new electric power steering, which does rob the driver of most of the available
feedback, and also has a curious uneven response just either side of the straight-ahead position.
We also noticed a tendency to drift sideways in the wet in response to mid-corner bumps.
Prices for the new Mondeo start at £20,795, with the anticipated big seller, the 2.0-litre
Titanium weighing in at £24,245. Estate models add around £1,200 on average, while the hybrid
is yours for £24,995. That makes it significantly cheaper than a BMW 3-Series, the biggest seller
in this segment, and you’ll need to spec a 320d to well over £31,000 to match the Ford’s
spec. Of course, the new Mondeo isn’t as engaging to drive as its German rival. Nor, arguably,
is it as engaging as its predecessor. But it is now a remarkably refined beast, and
represents far greater value for money.

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