Ford Mondeo Hybrid review

8 Sep, 2013 9:00am Paul Bond

Ford Mondeo Hybrid capable of 65mpg and emits less than 99g/km of CO2

Verdict

3
A Ford Mondeo Hybrid would have been unthinkable even a few years ago, but Ford is keen to keep up with rivals and lower its range’s CO2 output. This Mondeo will help do that, and with a little tweaking could help drive people to try hybrids in the future. The cabin needs a thorough once-over, though.

There are two Ford Mondeo hybrid versions planned of the all-new Mondeo: a plug-in hybrid emitting less than 50g/km of CO2, and the one driven here.

Ford claims this car should emit less than 99g/km and return well over 65mpg – clean enough to be a tempting tax-free alternative to conventionally powered rivals. It uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor for a total output of 188bhp, and feels fairly nimble from a standstill.

At lower speeds and setting off from the lights, the motor drives the front wheels independently, and the top speed in EV mode is 85mph. Get too eager with the throttle, though, and the petrol engine fires noisily into life, and the switch between the two power sources isn’t very smooth, either.

The CVT gearbox whines loudly and fails to match up with the engine revs. Drive the car gingerly, though, and it ’s refined, even though it’s a lot less flexible while cruising than the equivalent 2.0 TDCi. Surprisingly, the interior is a bit like the Chevrolet Volt’s, with a wide centre console with touchpad-style buttons for all the major functions.

However, the build quality fails to meet the standards most European buyers will expect, and the plastics used for the glovebox are especially poor. The boot is also around 100 litres smaller than in the standard car, thanks to the battery.

We hope Ford can iron out these kinks before the Mondeo lands in the UK, as the current car is still one of the best-value saloons around.

Disqus - noscript

Dude get your facts straight. This latest "mondeo"-fusion is already very well regarde about the interior quality. Better fit, better finish, soft touch all around. And the centre console has nothing to do with the volt, it was there on ford's larger US saloons and is even better implemented on the fusion.

You are so easily open as to who manufacturer you are favourable to. Lots of commercials?

Shame.

Oh and, ante gamithite re mounia ths lasphs, hlithia patoklania. Try finding out about this glove box quality, ha ha.

Would rather buy a quality BMW 3 Series 320D Efficient Dynamics diesel it gets much better average MPG than this, with a build quality & residual values to die for.

Mondeo will be lose half its residual value almost as soon as you drive it out the showroom, Mondeo's unpractical useless boot will be as big as a BMW glovebox. Mondeo diesel estate is very useful lots of space, l would not say no to that.

No wonder the BMW 3 Series finished No7 best selling car in the UK last year with 44,521 sales, Ford Mondeo finished No21 with 21,662 sale, Ford of Europe have lost the plot. Bring back the good ole Cortina that used to sell nearly 200,000 a year not 20,000 in the UK.

What?

The reason the BMW was 7th in the UK was that they were brought with company money not people putting their hand in their own pocket and paying for it. The Ford Fiesta was the best selling retail car that's a car that people pay for themselves. The Fiesta and Focus 1st and 2nd doesn't sound like a company that has lost the plot to me.

Err yes but that is the point; the BMW 3 series is today’s Cortina! Who would want a ubiquitous BMW when everyone and their mum has one? Surely the whole point of a prestige brand is that you aspire to reach that level?

Having driven both there was not that much between them in terms of dynamics. However, unlike the 3 series you can use the front wheel drive Mondeo all year round. The rear wheel drive is great in the summer (or rain for keen drivers) but realistically in this country it is not the ultimate driving machine it's a pain in the butt when you cannot get it off of your drive, or you end up in a taxi after a day at work when you cannot get up the ramp from the underground car park due to surface ice! Never again thank you BMW!

As for depreciation, well you are paying for it at the front with the BMW; you pay with the Mondeo at the end.

I have just done a quick exercise:

Check this; virtually equivalent models available on Autotrader now

New BMW M Sport 2.0 £27,990

Used 3 year old 54k £12,980

Total depreciation: £15,010


New Mondeo Titanium X sport £21,990

Used 3 yr old 57k Titanium X S £9,300

Total depreciation £12690

So the BMW actually costs more. Then factor in servicing, parts, tyres, insurance and after 3 years has cost you an additional £2700. If I had time to work out all of the addtional figures with all of the other costs I would work them out too. I know with the BMW all of these costs were higher. We could be talking a total cost of £4k to £8k for a car that is useless for over a month a year, oh yeah so add up that taxi money too!

I love the new Mondeo, but for me, I prefer the Wagon version.

Key specs

  • Price: £25,000 (est)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl petrol with an electric motor
  • Power: 188bhp
  • Transmission: E-CVT automatic, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62/top sp’d: 9.1 secs/105mph
  • Econ./CO2: 64mpg/99g/km (est)
  • Equipment: Climate control, cruise control, heated seats, Bluetooth
  • On sale: Sept 2014

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