Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
  • Ford easy fuel
  • Ford power starter and keyless Entry system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane keeping aid
  • PAS
  • Pre-collision assist with AEB and pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Service indicator
  • SYNC Emergency Assistance
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Twin 4.2" TFT cluster display

Entertainment

  • Radio/CD
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights with auto high/low beam
  • Body colour bumper and side rocker mouldings
  • Bright finish front door scuff plates
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome surround to upper grille and side windows
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Halogen projector headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights
  • Power operated front and rear windows with global open and close
  • Quickclear heated front windscreen
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 10 way power adjustable driver seats with memory + passenger seats
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Dual zone electronic auto temperature
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front headrests
  • Heated variable front seats
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Multi colour ambient lighting
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear armrest
  • Rear floor mats
  • Rear headrests
  • Tonneau cover

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS+EBA
  • Active city stop
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake
  • ESP + traction control
  • Hill start assist
  • Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central double locking
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

Wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

113

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1999

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

187

Based On ID

Coin Description

Hybrid

Coin Series

Titanium Edition

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

22E

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.2

Engine Power - BHP

187

Engine Power - KW

138

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

128

Engine Torque - MKG

17.6

Engine Torque - NM

173

Top Speed

116

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1501

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4867

Wheelbase

2850

Width

1852

Width (including mirrors)

2121

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

51

Gross Vehicle Weight

2295

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1508

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

633

Max. Loading Weight

654

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

750

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1641

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.5

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

It's no use kidding ourselves that the Ford Mondeo estate is, or will ever be, a glamorous vehicle, but the MK4 model is sprinkled with enough clever design and high-tech equipment to make it anything but a run of the mill load lugger. Its sheer capaciousness is a given and, if space matters, the Mondeo estate more than justifies itself with nearly 1700-litres of cargo volume when you fold the back seats flat. It was ever thus. What impresses most about the fourth generation Mondeo estate is the fact that it now looks great, drives without constantly reminding you that you bought an estate car and now offers a best in class range of engines. Our choice would be a 2.0 TDCi 150PS diesel with an alloy wheel upgrade, but whatever your preference, it's very hard to go wrong with this likeable station wagon.

Background

Estate car buyers tend to be a very sane bunch, unswayed by the latest fads. Rather, they value practicality and, more often than not, their choice of car is meticulously researched. 'Function first' is a motto that tends to reward smart engineering and sound design and it's the reason why Ford's Mondeo estate has always been a strong seller. With the fourth generation Mondeo line-up, this station wagon variant is expected to at least match its hatchback stablemate in terms of overall sales. It isn't hard to see why. Take a tape measure to the Mondeo estate and you'll realise that this is one of the biggest vehicles Ford imports to the UK - certainly up there with the large S-MAX and Galaxy seven-seat people carriers. That means plenty of space in the back for the sort of gear your family needs. Even if your requirements don't involve kids but a gear-intensive hobby, the Mondeo estate could be exactly what you're looking for.

Driving Experience

If Ford could make this estate version drive much like the five-door hatch, it would have a winner on its hands. Guess what? It does. There's a reassuringly polished feel here that's usually the preserve of far more expensive cars - and the same excellent refinement at speed. Low profile roof rails help cut the wind roar that many estate cars suffer from and the cabin is well insulated from road noise with no booming apparent from the big box at the back. Handling is safe and assured, but the Mondeo estate never completely disguises its size and you might need to pass up some smaller parking spaces. On the plus side, rear visibility is notably better than that of the high-rumped five-door hatch. The choice of engines is vast - with an interesting insertion at the bttom of the range. The base petrol version gets the brand's 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine: yes, the same one you get in a Fiesta. Here, it's been tuned for a Mondeo Estate's greater weight but it'll still struggle a little if you habitually fully load your car. Further up the petrol range, there's a 160PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost unit - or a 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost powerplant. If you're a typical Mondeo Estate buyer though, you'll be wanting a diesel. Most will choose the much improved 2.0 TDCi base version, which now boasts 150PS. There's also a 180PS version of this unit - or even a 210PS version. AWD will be a welcome option for towers. Whatever engine you select, you should find the dynamic responses of this car a cut above those of most rivals. Though it's not quite as sharp as it used to be, the trade-off is better ride and long distance composure.

Design and Build

There aren't too many estate cars that look remotely sexy but if you choose your specification wisely, the latest Mondeo estate does a better impression than most. Decent alloys are key, as is the right metallic paint finish. Out back, you'll notice that the huge - and very heavy - tailgate bisects the light pods, giving a really broad loading bay. It comes right down to bumper level too, so it's relatively easy to get heavy items in and out. Total capacity, as ever, depends upon whether you want a full-sized spare wheel or the potential roadside hassle of a mini-spare or, even worse, one of those tyre-inflatory 'instant mobility systems'. Do without a wheel and as much as 525-litres is on offer. Once everything's flat, there's up to 1,650-litres of total fresh air on offer. If you want the peace of mind of a full-sized fifth wheel, you'll need to subtract around 100-litres from each of those figures. Whatever variant you end up preferring, you'll want to make the most of the space available, utilising floor hooks that keep awkward loads in place and perhaps ticking the box for options like luggage retention nets and dog guards.

Market and Model

The estate versions of the Mondeo command a premium of around £1,200 over their hatchback counterparts, which means that you'll need around £21,000 for the 125PS 1.0 EcoBoost petrol-engined entry-level model. It's probably wise to step up to a diesel if you're planning on loading the car heavily and for this you'll need around £23,000. There are plenty of engines available, starting with a 115bhp diesel and topping out with a 240bhp petrol, Ford really offering something for all. The most powerful diesel and petrol engines are only offered with the most expensive trim levels, though, which is a bit of a shame. Trim levels now start with 'Zetec Edition', then buyers have the choice of something sportier ('ST-Line' or 'ST-Line Edtion') or plusher ('Titanium Edition'). For something truly luxurious, you'll need the flagship 'Vignale' variant. As standard, all models have navigation, a DAB tuner, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control with a speed limiter. 'ST-Line' series variants introduce extras including a body styling kit, lowered sports suspension, a Ford Power start button and a darkened headliner. Privacy glass and 19-inch 'rock metallic' alloy wheels are added on the 'ST-Line Edition' variants. Safety technology is a strongpoint. All derivatves get 'Active City Stop' autonomous braking to mitigate or avoid low-speed collisions at under 31mph. Plus there's Pedestrian Detection, which identifies people and reduces the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 50mph.

Cost of Ownership

Considerable design effort has been expended into making this car 25% lighter than its predecessor, an improvement possible thanks to things like a magnesium inner tailgate structure that's 40% lighter than before. So, what impact has all of this made on this car's balance sheet returns? Well, the popular 2.0 TDCi 150 ECOnetic diesel variant we tried will return a combined fuel economy figure of 67.3 mpg and emissions of 109g/km in estate form - which is about the same as you'd get from a comparable 2.0 TDI Volkswagen Passat Estate but much better than you could expect from a rival Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi 170PS Sports Tourer. Opt for this Ford's 2.0 TDCi unit in pokier 180PS guise and the figures drop only slightly to 62.8mpg and 117g/km. Of course, it's easy to improve on that if you'd be happy with one of the smaller-capacity models. Go for the 1.5-litre TDCi ECOnetic engine developed to replace the previous 1.6-litre unit this car was originally launched with and official figures suggest that around 80mpg is possible on the combined cycle. If you're happy with petrol power, then the 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine puts out only 119g/km of CO2. These are class-leading stats.