FORD

FORD MONDEO VIGNALE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 EcoBlue 190 5dr Powershift AWD

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2160 g/km

The ideal estate car is one that offers excellent utility but doesn't penalise you for it with poor refinement and soggy handling. Ford were mindful of this when developing the MK4 model Mondeo estate, a car which not only drives well but also looks a good deal sleeker than most boxy estate contenders. Here's the improved version.

ESTATE OF THE NATION

There aren't too many estates that can beat the utility of the fourth generation Ford Mondeo load lugger. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved model

Ten Second Review

The ideal estate car is one that offers excellent utility but doesn't penalise you for it with poor refinement and soggy handling. Ford were mindful of this when developing the MK4 model Mondeo estate, a car which not only drives well but also looks a good deal sleeker than most boxy estate contenders. Here's the improved version.

Background

Estate car buyers tend to be a very sane bunch, unswayed by the latest fads. Rather, they value practicality and, more often than not, their choice of car is meticulously researched. 'Function first' is a motto that tends to reward smart engineering and sound design and it's the reason why Ford's Mondeo estate has always been a strong seller. With the fourth generation Mondeo line-up, this station wagon variant has been matching its hatchback stablemate in terms of overall sales. It isn't hard to see why. Take a tape measure to the Mondeo estate and you'll realise that this is one of the biggest vehicles Ford imports to the UK - certainly up there with the large S-MAX and Galaxy seven-seat people carriers. That means plenty of space in the back for the sort of gear your family needs. Even if your requirements don't involve kids but a gear-intensive hobby, the Mondeo estate could be exactly what you're looking for. Especially in this improved form.

Driving Experience

If Ford could make this estate version drive much like the five-door hatch, it would have a winner on its hands. Guess what? It does. There's a reassuringly polished feel here that's usually the preserve of far more expensive cars - and the same excellent refinement at speed. Low profile roof rails help cut the wind roar that many estate cars suffer from and the cabin is well insulated from road noise with no booming apparent from the big box at the back. Handling is safe and assured, but the Mondeo estate never completely disguises its size and you might need to pass up some smaller parking spaces. On the plus side, rear visibility is notably better than that of the high-rumped five-door hatch. Ford's has slimmed down the engine choices on offer. Most customers choose a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine good for either 150PS or 190PS, the 150PS unit offered with either manual or 8-speed auto transmission and the 190PS unit only offered with the auto. Both diesel variants feature single variable geometry turbocharger technology. Buyers can also opt for a Mondeo self-charging HEV Hybrid with 187PS. It uses a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with two electric motors - one to drive the wheels and another to supply regenerative charging - and 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery. The 150PS and 190PS diesels are available with Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which offers a seamless transition between front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive performance to automatically enhance traction and road-holding when needed. The Mondeo's also the first model for Europe to be built on Ford's global CD-segment platform, which debuts Ford's integral link rear suspension. The all-new platform and body structure combination delivers 10 per cent more torsional stiffness than the outgoing model and the Mondeo also gets electrically-assisted power steering for the first time with variable weighting. More importantly, road noise reductions of around three decibels in the rear and two decibels in the front have been achieved.

Design and Build

There aren't too many estate cars that look remotely sexy but if you choose your specification wisely, the latest Mondeo estate does a better impression than most. Decent alloys are key, as is the right metallic paint finish. Ford has subtly updated the look of this fourth generation Mondeo Estate, revising the upper and lower front grille, re-styling the bumpers, introducing more stylish 'C'-shaped tail lights and incorporating fresh fog light and LED daytime running light designs. As before, this station wagon version is order-able with a retractable panoramic glass roof. Out back, you'll notice that the huge - and very heavy - tailgate bisects the light pods, giving a really broad loading bay. It comes right down to bumper level too, so it's relatively easy to get heavy items in and out. Total capacity, as ever, depends upon whether you want a full-sized spare wheel or the potential roadside hassle of a mini-spare or, even worse, one of those tyre-inflatory 'instant mobility systems'. Do without a wheel and as much as 525-litres is on offer. Once everything's flat, there's up to 1,650-litres of total fresh air on offer. If you want the peace of mind of a full-sized fifth wheel, you'll need to subtract around 100-litres from each of those figures. Whatever variant you end up preferring, you'll want to make the most of the space available, utilising floor hooks that keep awkward loads in place and perhaps ticking the box for options like luggage retention nets and dog guards.

Market and Model

The estate versions of the Mondeo command a premium of £1,800 over their hatchback counterparts, which means that you'll need around £25,000 for the base diesel entry-level model. Trim levels now start with 'Zetec Edition', then buyers have the choice of something sportier ('ST-Line Edtion') or plusher ('Titanium Edition'). For something truly luxurious, you'll need the flagship 'Vignale' variant. As standard, all models have navigation, a DAB tuner, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control with a speed limiter. 'ST-Line Edition' series variants introduce extras including a body styling kit, lowered sports suspension, a Ford Power start button and a darkened headliner. Plus they get privacy glass and 19-inch 'rock metallic' alloy wheels. Safety technology is a strongpoint. All derivatves get 'Active City Stop' autonomous braking to mitigate or avoid low-speed collisions at under 31mph. Plus there's Pedestrian Detection, which identifies people and reduces the severity of collisions at speeds of up to 50mph. A radar system also drives the Distance Indication feature and Adaptive Cruise Control technology. Cameras support a Lane Keeping Aid and Traffic Sign Recognition, which provides the driver with the speed limit, cancellation signs and overtaking regulations flashed up on the instrument cluster display. There are also full adaptive LED headlights on offer, as well as Active Park Assist featuring Perpendicular Parking.

Cost of Ownership

Considerable design effort has been expended into making this car 25% lighter than its predecessor, an improvement possible thanks to things like a magnesium inner tailgate structure that's 40% lighter than before. So, what impact has all of this made on this car's WLTP balance sheet returns? Well, the popular 2.0 TDCi 150 diesel manual variant we tried will return a combined fuel economy figure of up to 56.5mpg and emissions of up to 116g/km in estate form. Opt for this Ford's 2.0 TDCi unit in pokier 190PS guise and the figures drop only slightly to 53.3mpg and 127g/km. The petrol HEV variant manages 50.4mpg and up to 99g/km.

Summary

It's no use kidding ourselves that the Ford Mondeo estate is, or will ever be, a glamorous vehicle, but the MK4 model is sprinkled with enough clever design and high-tech equipment to make it anything but a run of the mill load lugger. Its sheer capaciousness is a given and, if space matters, the Mondeo estate more than justifies itself with nearly 1700-litres of cargo volume when you fold the back seats flat. It was ever thus. What impresses most about the fourth generation Mondeo estate is the fact that it now looks great, drives without constantly reminding you that you bought an estate car and now offers a best in class range of engines. Our choice would be a 2.0 TDCi 150PS diesel with an alloy wheel upgrade, but whatever your preference, it's very hard to go wrong with this likeable station wagon.

  • 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

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

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

  • Ford easy fuel
  • Active Noise Control

  • Ford SYNC 3 Premium Sony DAB nav - 8" colour touch,Bluetooth,CD,AM/FM dual tuner,12 spkrs,Voice,Android auto/Apple carplay,2USB, Ford pass connect
  • 10" TFT cluster display
  • SYNC Emergency assistance
  • Service indicator
  • 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

  • Bright roof rails
  • Vignale upper/lower grille
  • Unique Ford Vignale exterior styling with dark tarnish detailing
  • Body colour bumper and side rocker mouldings
  • Front door Scuff plates with Vignale script

  • Bi-LED adaptive headlamps and power tailgate
  • Automatic headlights with auto high/low beam
  • Front fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights

  • Dual zone electronic auto temperature

  • Perforated leather trimmed steering wheel with red stitching
  • Gear shift gaiter with red stitching
  • Luxury premium leather upholstery
  • Tonneau cover
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear armrest
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel

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

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

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

  • 19" Dark Tarnish alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 137
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 160
  • 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: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: EcoBlue AWD 190
  • 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: 30E
  • 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: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Top Speed: 137
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

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

  • Width (including mirrors): 2121
  • Height: 1501
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4867
  • Width: 1852
  • Wheelbase: 2850

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1751
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2455
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 704
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 755
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1630
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5

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

  • Opening panorama roof and rear sun blinds: £995
  • Exclusive paint: £150
  • Premium paint: Included
  • Additional Exclusive paint: £250

  • Load guard second row: £225

  • Driver Assistance pack - Vignale: £700
  • Winter pack - Vignale: £200

  • Exclusive paint - Magnetic: £150
  • Exclusive paint - Blue panther: £250
  • Premium paint - Agate Black: £0
  • Exclusive paint - Lucid red: £250
  • Exclusive paint - White platinum: £250
  • Premium paint - Chrome blue: £0

  • Power retractable towbar with trailer sway control: £900

  • Luxury premium leather - Charcoal black: £0

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

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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