Ford Mondeo review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
There's the potential for very low running costs, but you need to secure a good discount when buying new
Overall the Mondeo range doesn’t quite have the fuel economy figures to match the best in class, even though Ford has introduced a new range of EcoBlue diesels. It doesn't help that the tougher WLTP fuel economy test also brings these figures down.
If you’re after maximum frugality, the best engine of the bunch in terms of efficiency is the 2.0 EcoBlue 150PS. This has a WLTP best of 61.4mpg with the manual gearbox, and 57.6mpg for the auto version.
Go for the more powerful EcoBlue 190PS, and the figures are 56.5mpg for the auto (there's no manual gearbox option), while adding AWD four-wheel drive sees a return of 52.3mpg. That's the same maximum achieved by the 2.0 TiVCT Mondeo Hybrid.
The 1.5 EcoBoost petrol needs to work harder to get the heavy Mondeo up to speed, and it returns up to 41.5mpg for the manual, and 38.2mpg for the auto.
Looking at CO2 emissions, and the Mondeo Hybrid is the top performer here. The best CO2 emissions of 98g/km are well ahead of the 150PS diesel, which has a best figure of 123g/km. Adding the auto bumps these up to 132g/km, while the 1.5 EcoBoost manages 138g/km with the manual and 133g/km for the 8-speed auto.
All of these figures are poorer for the Mondeo Estate, while adding larger wheels also has a negative effect on economy and emissions, so it's always best to check the car you're looking at for the finer details of its running costs.
Insurance is very competitive by class standards. The 1.5 EcoBoost and least powerful 2.0 EcoBlue have the lowest insurance grouping at 23. The 190PS EcoBlue is in group 26, while the Mondeo Hybrids are group 27 and the priciest Vignale is still a respectable group 29.
Ford says it intends to sell only 20,000 Mondeos each year – that compares with 100,000 units in the model’s heyday – but even so, residuals aren’t as strong as the VW Passat’s due to the perceived badge value. Make sure you secure a good discount if buying new.
In this review
- 1Ford Mondeo reviewThe new Ford Mondeo is more refined, spacious and high-tech than its predecessor, but it no longer sets the class handling benchmark
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mondeo's engines balance power and efficiency, but the big Ford lacks the sharpness of the old model
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThere's the potential for very low running costs, but you need to secure a good discount when buying new
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Mondeo feels much more upmarket than before, both inside and out
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA large boot and plenty of room for passengers make the Mondeo a highly practical choice
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Ford Mondeo certainly doesn't have the best reliability record, but safety standards are very high