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 56.5mpg with the manual gearbox, and 52.3mpg for the auto version.
Go for the more powerful EcoBlue 190PS, and Ford claims up to 50.4mpg for the auto (there's no manual gearbox option), which is the same maximum achieved by the 2.0 TiVCT Mondeo Hybrid. Adding four-wheel-drive to the diesel sees a return of up to 46.3mpg.
Looking at emissions, the Mondeo Hybrid just beats the diesel models with a lowest CO2 figure of 127g/km. The 148bhp EcoBlue oil-burner produces from 130g/km, while the 187bhp version is higher at 147g/km of CO2. It's important to remember that adding automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive will impact on emissions and overall economy.
Insurance is very competitive by class standards. The least powerful 2.0 EcoBlue has the lowest insurance grouping at 23, and the 190PS version sits in the slightly higher group 26. The 190PS EcoBlue is in group 26. The Mondeo Hybrids are group 27 and the priciest Vignale is still a respectable group 29.
When it introduced the current car in 2014, Ford said it expected to sell only 20,000 Mondeos each year – that compares with 100,000 units in the model’s heyday. 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.
- 1VerdictThe Ford Mondeo is more refined, spacious and high-tech than ever before, but rivals have leapt ahead in this class
- 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