Ford Mondeo (2015) Review

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Ford Mondeo (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+Impressive quality and refinement initially made it stand out from the competition. Rides well with keen handling. Very spacious and practical interior.

-Steering isn't as sharp as its predecessor. Bumpy ride quality on ST-Line models. Some of the diesels are quite noisy. Once the leader of the pack, but now starting to feel dated.

New prices start from £25,345, brokers can source from £23,395
Insurance Groups are between 17–29
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

It might face an uncertain future against the backdrop of ever-increasing SUVs, but the Ford Mondeo still makes a strong case for itself by providing premium quality and comfort at a price that most family car buyers can still afford.

Like the previous Mondeo, this is a big car. In fact it's only slightly shorter than the Jaguar XF but has the same wheelbase as before. Ford worked wonders with the styling, adding a dash of coupe-like flair to the profile that makes it appear a lot less bulky than the model it replaces. 

Yet it still has huge amount of space inside with a massive boot and lots of rear leg room that rivals the Skoda Superb and makes the Mondeo a comfortable fit for up to five adults on a long journey. The cabin is refined too and the high levels of standard equipment on the latest models (built from 2018 onwards) means you don't have to raid the options list to get things like touchscreen navigation, dual-zone air con or a centre arm rest for the rear seats. 

Consequently it's an ideal motorway cruiser helped by economical engines, low road noise and a supple ride quality. These include a 1.5 TDCi diesel that emits just 94g/km and will average more than 78mpg according to the official figures.

Originally, Ford had intended offering the car with its 1.0 litre 3 cylinder 125PS Ecoboost engine, but later thought better of it, so engines started with a 150PS 1.5 4-cylinder Ecoboost (manual or 6-speed torque converter auto), 1.5TDCI and Ford's trusty 2.0 TDCi. Top engine remains the 240PS 2.0SCTI Ecoboost, now fitted with a 6-speed torque converter auto, though the 2.0TDCI kept its wet clutch Powershift. For the first time there is also a Mondeo Hybrid originall only available as a saloon.

Running throughout the latest Mondeo is a feeling of quality previously unseen on any Ford model. This Mondeo should mark a big change in how people perceive the Ford brand and as a family car it's a superb all-rounder. The market might be decline, but the Mondeo remains head and shoulders above its diminishing competition.

 

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Real MPG average for a Ford Mondeo (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

22–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

493

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My new Ford Mondeo is scratched - how do I get them to repair it under warranty?
"I collected my new Ford Mondeo from the dealer at the beginning of July. I glanced over the vehicle before collection and it appeared to be okay. The following day, I noted that the rear bumper was actually buckled and notified the dealer. Although he offered to fix it, being an old mechanic, I used a body shop trick to straighten it with complete success. I then garaged the car for three weeks and went on holiday. When I next used the car, the sun highlighted several deep scratches on the tailgate glass, which I again reported to the dealership. The vehicle had covered 60 miles at that point. In their response, they informed me that as it hadn't been spotted at PDI, then no warranty claim would be entertained. I called in a glass polisher at a cost of £100 and they removed around 90% per cent of the scratches, but the deepest are still there. Checking the vehicle more closely I can now see several scratches on the roof of the car too. I guess I cannot reject the car, but the dealer quotes me £450 to replace the tailgate glass. Where do I stand? Should this be a warranty claim? Vehicle has now covered 87 miles. "
Sue the dealer for the cost of replacing the tailgate glass and repainting the roof. Use Small Claims: https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview/ A purchaser is not expected to inspect a purchase in minute detail at point of collection. See: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/ In particular, see: The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations May 2008 (CPRs) contains a general prohibition against unfair commercial practices and, in particular prohibitions against misleading actions, misleading omissions and aggressive commercial practices. The Regulations are enforceable through the civil and criminal courts. This creates an offence of misleading omissions which would not previously have been an offence if the consumer had not asked the right questions. So if a salesman knows a car has, for example, been badly damaged and repaired and does not tell the customer, he could later be held liable if the customer subsequently discovered that the car had been damaged and repaired.
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What petrol automatics would you recommend to replace my Volkswagen Passat?
"I want to replace my 2010 Volkswagen Passat DSG with a similar sized petrol automatic. I have a budget of up to £25,000. Contenders at present include Mazda 6 and Ford Mondeo. Are there any other cars you would recommend looking at?"
Go for the Mazda 6. Has an excellent 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Never heard of any trouble with it. Ran one myself for a year and 14,000 miles. The Passat is DSG. The Mondeo is Powershift.
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What car would you recommend for high mileage, mainly motorway driving, on a £9000 budget?
"What car would you recommend for 25,000 miles a year, mainly motorway driving? I have had Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the past but found that the rate they go through tyres makes them too expensive. I intend to downsize but could do with a bit of space. I don't want to spend more than about £9000. My choices are the Ford Mondeo 1.6 ECOnetic, Ford Focus 1.6 Eco, Volkswagen Passat 1.6 Bluemotion. Diesel of course and, although I prefer automatic, manual is more economic. My sister has a Citroen C4 Cactus and says the fuel economy is brilliant. Any suggestions? "
Far better, a Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC because it's chain cam and more economical (60mpg +). Tyre life will depend on your wheel and tyre size, but on 205/55 R16s you should get 30,000 miles from a set if you swap the wheels back to front, same side, after 15,000 miles.
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Should I get a hybrid for my company car?
"I have a BMW 520d saloon as my company car. I may need to change later in the year for an estate and the hybrids look very attractive, certainly from a tax point of view. The BMW is about £240 per month in tax whereas, for example, a Passat GTE hybrid is about £100 in tax. Both need a contribution from me to the company of about £140, so the Volkswagen Passat GTE is lower in cost by about £140 per month. What do you think about costs and, more importantly, how well they drive?"
I was very impressed by the Passat GTE PHEV (though, admittedly, the test drive was in Holland which is mostly flat): http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/volkswagen/ Another possibility is a KIA Optima PHEV: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/kia/kia-optima-phev-2016-road-test/ There's a Mondeo petrol hybrid: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/ford/ford-mondeo-vignale-2015-road-test/ The Prius hybrid: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/toyota/toyota-prius-2016-road-test/ (Prius PHEV coming next month). And, of course, BMW and Mercedes are working on their own.
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What does a Ford Mondeo (2015) cost?

Buy new from £23,395 (list price from £25,565)