Ford Mondeo Estate

The Essentials

  • Price from £19,350
  • What Car? says: 5 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 65.7mpg
  • What is it? No other estate can match the Mondeo's all-round abilities: it's hugely practical, great to drive and reasonably cheap - especially after discounts.

Great

  • Boot big enough to double up as a spare bedroom
  • Engines are smooth, powerful and quiet: just how we like them
  • Sleek alternative to an MPV or 4x4

Gripes

  • It's a common sight on the roads
  • It's enormous, so make sure you can see out, and park
  • Resale values won't fund your retirement
  • Drive

    These wheels were made for driving and we challenge you not to enjoy it

  • Inside

    Great quality and spacious and high driving position

  • Safety

    Relax: it's got stability control and seven airbags, and will challenge even the craftiest crook

  • Reliability

    You can take the roadside recovery service off your speed dial list

  • Space

    It's almost as roomy as space, just with more atmosphere

  • Standard and extras

    Standard cruise and climate control, plus MP3 compatible CD stereo should satisfy. Sat-nav and sunroof cost extra

  • What's it like to drive?

    With umpteen engines to choose from, it's easy to get bewildered. Don't be: there's no need to look past the 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is smooth, flexible and affordable to run. The 1.6-litre diesel is even more frugal, but with just 113bhp it struggles to haul around heavy loads.
    The ride is smooth and relaxing  great news for passengers and the dog  but the Mondeo is no wallowy barge. In fact, it's great fun when you want it to be, with tight body control, sharp steering and plenty of grip. However, the Mondeo is very big, so not the easiest to manoeuvre.

  • What's it like inside?

    Enormous. You could get lost in the boot, and the standard split-folding rear seats will make you think twice before placing your order for that MPV. If you're petite, you may find the high window-line makes you feel claustrophobic, but there's lots of seat adjustment to raise you higher. Wide-opening doors make it easy to get granny in and out, and there's heaps of room for rear passengers.
    The Mondeo's dashboard has a soft-touch covering and all the switchgear operates with slick precision, although the stereo and sat-nav systems are decidedly outdated.
    Ford hasn't skimped on equipment: all models come with air-conditioning, cruise control, remote central locking, powered front windows, a heated quick-clear windscreen, Bluetooth phone connection and a CD player with MP3 connectivity.

  • How reliable is it?

    Unlikely. Everything feels solid and well screwed together, and the Mondeo scored above average marks for mechanical reliability in the most recent JD Power ownership satisfaction survey.
    All cars come with electronic stability control and seven airbags, including one for the driver's knees, which all helped contribute to an impressive Euro NCAP crash test performance: the Mondeo scored five-out-of-five for adult safety and four stars for child protection.

  • Should I buy one?

    You won't find a better estate for less than 30k. True, the Mondeo doesn't look that cheap next to some rivals, such as the Mazda 6, but you won't pay anywhere near the brochure price thanks to the huge discounts available from Ford dealers and online brokers.