There’s even a minority interest hybrid saloon that highlights a rejuvenated engine range now including 1. 0-litre EcoBoost petrol power and some impressive TDCi diesels. It’s still very good to drive too, though increasingly, technology, comfort and balance sheet efficiency are becoming more compelling reasons why you might want one.
The Mondeo has always been a car with a very advanced set of driving dynamics, sophisticated enough to be involving only when you want it to be. You could say it still is, though you’d also have to qualify that statement by referencing the way that in fourth generation form, this Ford has grown up, becoming a little more mature, slightly softer-edged and a whole lot more refined. In short, it’s become more the kind of car that a typical mile-munching business buyer might want, with lighter now electrically-powered steering, a more luxurious feel and exemplary class-leading refinement thanks to design improvements that have seen cabin noise levels drop by as much as three decibels over the previous generation model.
If there's one thing that's defined Mondeo design over the years, it’s that it's become bigger and more up-market with each passing generation. This fourth generation version follows that pattern by emerging from its over-extended period of development as an altogether more expressive and polished proposition than before, whether you choose five-door Hatch or estate bodystyles. Put either one up alongside its predecessor and this looks a much costlier, more sophisticated thing, with its more prominent Aston Martin-style trapezoidal front grille and sweeping power dome bonnet. It's a handsome thing
Shape and contrast is also a feature of the inviting cabin with its wrap-around symmetrical centre console design delivering a snug, cockpit-like feel. Ford has tried hard with fit and finish too, installing a soft-touch instrument panel, a flock-lined central front storage area, chrome touches and smart accents on the air-vents, along with more up-market switchgear.
For most of its customers most of the time, Ford’s ‘one world’ medium range family car is a better bet than ever in fourth generation guise.
With things like its clever SYNC2 infotainment system, its innovative safety technology and its unusual 1. 0-litre and Hybrid engine options, it’s been more effectively equipped to succeed than any of its predecessors. And in an era that’s seen trendy, similarly-sized cars make five-door hatchbacks fashionable again, you could even find yourself admiring the way the thing looks. In short, this is a model rejuvenated. It’s worth your attention.