Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 10" TFT cluster display
  • Active Noise Control
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
  • Ford easy fuel
  • Ford power starter and keyless Entry system
  • Lane keeping aid
  • PAS
  • Pre-collision assist with AEB and pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Rear view camera
  • Service indicator
  • Sony DAB audio with touchscreen navigation system, CD player and 12 speakers
  • SYNC Emergency Assistance
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Exterior Features

  • Power tailgate
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights with auto high/low beam
  • Bi-LED adaptive headlamps and power tailgate
  • Body colour bumper and side rocker mouldings
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome surround to upper grille and side windows
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Front door Scuff plates with Vignale script
  • 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 privacy glass
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Unique Ford Vignale exterior styling with dark tarnish detailing
  • Vignale upper/lower grille

Entertainment

  • Radio/CD
  • USB socket

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
  • Enhanced ambient lighting
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front and rear luxury velours carpet floor mats
  • Front headrests
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated variable front seats
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • 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

  • 19" Dark Tarnish alloy wheels

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

143

HC

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1996

Compression Ratio

15.8:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

190

Based On ID

Coin Description

EcoBlue AWD 190

Coin Series

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

29E

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

190

Engine Power - KW

140

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

295

Engine Torque - MKG

40.8

Engine Torque - NM

400

Top Speed

137

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

19" 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)

62

Gross Vehicle Weight

2455

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1630

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

755

Max. Loading Weight

704

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2000

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1751

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

Okay, so Ford pretty much killed the Ghia badge, but it's doubtful the same's going to happen to the Vignale label. For a start, this is more than just a Titanium X-spec Mondeo with a few more bits. It's a different ownership experience; a more immersive and special process. It's not just a bit of showroom flim-flam to fleece Mondeo man who fantasises about getting the red carpet treatment at Ferrari either. The Vignale deal is something very different at this price point, but it offers a lot of car for your money too. Ford value hasn't changed. Perhaps this is what Ford needed to do to really shine a spotlight on the talents of the latest Mondeo. It's a bold venture and if it pays off, expect to see the Vignale badge on other Ford models.

Background

It's time to sit down, settle back and hit the 'way back when' button. We'll rewind back to a time when the Carrozzeria Ghia SpA was one of the real heavy hitters of the Italian styling business. That was back in the Fifties, with the company working with VW on the Karmann Ghia and Volvo on the lovely P1800. By the mid-Sixties, Ghia was in trouble and was at one point owned by De Tomaso, eventually ending up being snapped up by Ford. Seeing some value in the name, Ford decided to make the Ghia name its top trim level. Soon we started to see all sorts of sorry Orions and Escorts bearing this once proud name. Giacinto Ghia must have been rolling in his grave. Well, Ford's at it again. For Ghia, swap in Vignale. This is another Italian coachbuilder who fell on hard times, the company once owned by De Tomaso. Ford bought the name in 2013 and will hopefully treat it with more respect than it gave to Ghia. The first vehicle that gets the Vignale treatment certainly looks the goods. The Vignale Mondeo offers a buyer experience you probably never reckoned on from Ford.

Driving Experience

This top Ford is sold with the more powerful engines from the Blue Oval brand's stable, which means you get to choose between 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel units, as well as the 187PS petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. Go for the 2.0-litre EcoBoost 240PS variant and you get a six-speed automatic transmission. The 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel is offered with six-speed manual and PowerShift automatic transmissions, plus it also gets Ford's intelligent all-wheel drive system. Additionally offered is Ford's latest 210PS Bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi engine, this delivering a crushing 450Nm of torque available from 2000rpm. There's been a huge effort devoted to increasing refinement in the Vignale models. Ford's innovative Active Noise Cancellation system enhances interior refinement. Using three cabin microphones, the system is able to monitor engine noise in the interior. Advanced audio technology directs opposing sound waves through the audio system to cancel out engine noise and improve cabin ambience. Acoustic glass helps reduce wind noise to levels normally experienced only in the premium segment. Ford's integral link rear suspension claims to offer a smoother ride, in particular for rear seat passengers. The engineers also reckon that this set-up reduces noise levels by allowing the wheels to move further rearwards on impact with uneven road surfaces.

Design and Build

Although the silhouette is recognisably Mondeo, the Vignale's design details are worth a closer look. The upper grille features a hexagonal design in dark matt metallic finish and finished with a polished aluminium surround. There's also a high-gloss lower grille with chrome bars, chrome door details, a high-gloss finish for the windshield pillar and for the central and rear window pillars. Special 18-inch Vignale alloy wheels and an exclusive Vignale Nocciola paint finish are also offered. On to colour. Metallic paint comes as standard, with further options including Vignale Black, Vignale Silver and premium four-coat Vignale White. The interior looks a cut above, with seats are offered in exclusive Vignale leather trim. Laser-cut for high precision, the material features hexagonal quilting and tuxedo stitching with soft-touch elements that extend to the instrument panel, centre console, arm-rest, and door top-rolls. For front seat passengers, comfort can be optimised by Ford Multi-Contour Seats with Active Motion massage function. Designed to reduce muscle fatigue, particularly during longer journeys, the seats use a system of 11 inflatable cushions to deliver an unobtrusive massaging effect for thighs and lower back.

Market and Model

The Mondeo Vignale is offered in both four-door and estate body styles with prices starting at around £29,500. Bear in mind that this is within £3,000 of an entry-level Jaguar XF and you'll appreciate the scale of Ford's task here. Mind you, the ownership experience is quite special. Each Ford Vignale model is hand-finished by six master craftspeople at the new state-of-the-art Vignale Centre in Valencia, where vehicles are individually tailored to customer specification. Exclusively available to order in the UK from boutique FordStore locations, customers get access to a Vignale Lounge, where they can specify their vehicles, supported by a dedicated relationship manager to ensure a personalised service tailored to individual needs. Among bespoke services available to customers will be collection and delivery for vehicle servicing - from a home address or office location - alongside servicing scheduled to suit the owner. Buyers will also be able to call upon knowledgeable Vignale OneCall advisors 24 hours a day for additional support.

Cost of Ownership

Most British buyers are going to be drawn to the 180PS 2.0-litre diesel powerplant, and rightly so - it's a great engine. It returns 64.2mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle, with emissions of 115g/km. Step up to the 240PS petrol engine and you're looking at around 38mpg and 171g/km. The hybrid version is good for 67mpg and 99g/km. A bigger concern might well be depreciation. These are the most expensive 'mainstream' models Ford sells and it's up for debate whether many will see value in a £30,000+ Mondeo. Still, over 70% of all Mondeo buyers order their cars in upscale Titanium or Titanium X trims, so we're prepared to be proven wrong. If the Vignale can account for 10% of all Mondeo sales, the project will be deemed a success.