FORD

FORD MONDEO DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 EcoBlue ST-Line Edition 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2130 g/km

HAVE A HUG FROM YOUR MONDEO

June Neary discovers just how comfortable a car can be, as she tries out the Ford Mondeo.

Will It Suit Me?

I've always thought the Mondeo rather staid. I need a practical car, but I like something with a bit of class. I've tended to prefer a hatchback model, too. With this MK4 version, I wondered whether such pre-conceptions much be in for a change after a spell behind the wheel of the Mondeo in popular 2.0 EcoBlue 150 form. Even before I turned on the engine I felt cosseted. The adjustable lumbar supports on the front seats are, in my view, a masterpiece of design. They hug you in - and if you've been sitting at a PC all day, as I often do, you'll soon feel the tension in your back ease away. Yes, it would suit me very well indeed - and not just because it's comfortable to sit in.

Practicalities

Despite my ill-founded prejudice against the range, I have to admit that this modernday Mondeo, even in standard form, offers a good all-round family package. Classy too. Put this fourth generation design 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 It's roomy inside too, with a sensible boot. It's also easy to get childseats in and out of the back seat too thanks to the wide rear doors. When I first took a seat in the car, I immediately noticed the high quality surfaces, materials and finishes. As with the outside, dynamic lines and styling curves are again evident, plus the low profile instrument panel provides very generous cabin space for front seat occupants. The dashboard is clear and the major controls for the electronics systems largely intuitive. The dashboard is laid out well enough and looks good. Flicking the switches and checking the quality of fit and finish, I was surprised to find how close the cabin now is to that you'd find in a BMW or an Audi. And it has all of the same gadgets, niceties and safety standards. Not that the MK4 Mondeo looks big from the outside or feels it behind the wheel. Despite the spacious interior, this model shrinks around you, much like an Audi A4 or a BMW 3 Series. I particularly liked the feature that dominates the centre of the dash, the 8-inch SYNC3 colour touchscreen, which plays its part in reducing button clutter and giving the cabin a cleaner, smarter feel. This set-up's divided into four colour-coded sectors that allow you to control audio, sat nav, 'phone and climate control functions via touchscreen buttons. Heating and ventilation is also covered off by switchgear below the screen, which is just as well since the display buttons can be a little slow and fiddly to use. Instead of stabbing away at these, it's better to try and master the system's impressive voice-activated functionality that allows you to issue simple 'one shot' commands, like 'play song' to play a track from a CD, 'where am I?' to find out where you are or even 'I'm hungry' to bring up a list of local restaurants from the system's built-in Michelin Guide. Directions can then be activated from the split-screen navigation display. Rear seat headroom and legroom have also come in for scrutiny by the Mondeo development team and these have been maximized for occupant comfort and safety. Our Road Test Editor is 6'4" and he was easily able to fit comfortably in the back seat behind a front seat virtually all the way back on its runner.

Behind the Wheel

Even though the version I tried was a 150PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue model rather than the top flight 190PS version, it seemed well up to the job. The car itself will, I believe, appeal to a lot of women who like a challenging drive as well as a something looks good. Use the traction control, though. I'd no idea what it would do, but it stopped the car scrubbing all its power away in disconcertingly wheel spin when trying to get out of T-junctions in the rain. On to safety. You get ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, a collapsible pedal structure that stops you injuring your legs in a front-end impact, anti-whiplash head restraints, and ISOFix child seat points in every model. The twin front airbags analyse the severity of a crash and deploy accordingly and can detect if there's a passenger in the front seat (in which case, that airbag won't go off). Side airbags are also standard of course as are side curtain airbags, which offer protection from side impacts along the whole length of the passenger compartment.

Value For Money

List pricing suggests that you'll be paying between £25,000 and £35,000 for your Mondeo, depending on the model you opt for and the specification you need. There's a £1,200 premium if you want the estate version, rather than the 5-door hatch. There's also a rare petrol/electric Hybrid version but it can't be plugged in. The mainstream line-up is inevitably geared towards diesel power, though it's well worth doing your sums before opting for the black pump, as Ford's EcoBoost petrol engine technology is surprisingly efficient, found in this case via a 165PS 1.5-litre unit.

Could I Live With One?

If I were choosing from the usual company car options list, I'd find it hard to look beyond the MK4 Mondeo. It does everything I need a car to do, and a lot more besides. Then there's that welcoming hug every time you climb in.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
  • Quickclear heated front windscreen
  • Power operated front and rear windows with global open and close

  • Pre-collision assist with AEB and pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme + traction control
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Hill start assist
  • Red brake calipers
  • Active city stop

  • Sports tuned suspension

  • Lane keeping aid
  • Ford power starter and keyless Entry system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Power assisted steering

  • Ford easy fuel

  • Service indicator
  • 10" TFT cluster display
  • SYNC Emergency assistance
  • Trip computer

  • Heated door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Power folding door mirrors with puddle lights adjustment memory and auto dipping when reversing

  • Bodystyling Kit - Front & rear bumper lower valance, honeycomb upper and lower front grille, side rocker panels (excludes rear spoiler)
  • Body colour bumper and side rocker mouldings
  • ST-Line Scuff plates

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic headlights with auto high/low beam

  • Dual zone electronic auto temperature

  • Dark headliner
  • Perforated leather trimmed steering wheel with red stitching
  • Partial leather Miko suede upholstery with sport front seats
  • Gear shift gaiter with red stitching
  • Rear armrest
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Centre console with armrest

  • Multi colour ambient lighting

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
  • Driver/front passenger airbag

  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Heated variable front seats
  • Folding rear seats
  • 10 way power adjustable driver seats with memory + passenger seats
  • 4 way headrests

  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote central double locking
  • Immobiliser

  • CO2 (g/km): 118
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 130
  • HC: N

  • CC: 1996
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 15.8:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.3

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Coin Series: ST-Line Edition
  • Coin Description: EcoBlue
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 70
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 73
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.7
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.7
  • Top Speed: 133
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 273
  • Engine Torque - NM: 370

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: ROCK METALLIC
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2121
  • Height: 1482
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4871
  • Width: 1852
  • Wheelbase: 2850

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1640
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2385
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1650
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 745
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 654
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1446
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5

  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter: Included

  • Ford SYNC 3 DAB nav - 8" colour touchscreen,Bluetooth,AM/FM dual tuner radio,8 spkrs,Voice control,Android auto/Apple carplay,2USB, Ford pass connect: Included

  • Fixed panorama roof and rear sun blinds: £650
  • Exclusive paint: £750
  • Premium paint: £250
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Additional Exclusive paint: £850
  • Additional Premium paint: £600

  • Halogen projector headlights: Included
  • Bi-LED adaptive headlamps and power tailgate: £1,200

  • Driver assistance pack - Titanium edition/ST Line edition: £1,250
  • Winter pack - Titanium edition/ST Line edition/Vignale Hybrid: £300

  • Solid - Blazer blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Magnetic: £750
  • Premium paint - Frozen white: £250
  • Premium paint - Moondust silver: £600
  • Exclusive paint - White platinum: £850
  • Premium paint - Chrome blue: £600
  • Premium paint - Diffused silver: £600
  • Premium paint - Agate Black: £600
  • Exclusive paint - Lucid red: £850

  • Power retractable towbar with trailer sway control: £900

  • Partial leather Miko suede upholstery - Charcoal black with red stitching and front sports seats: £0

  • 19" Rock metallic alloy wheels: Included
  • 19" Y spoke alloy wheels: £400

  • Full size spare wheel (16"): £150
  • Tyre inflation kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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