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Published: 12th July 2008 Updated: 28th October 2014


Words by: Adrian Higgins

Ford Mondeo Hatchback (2007 - 2012) Expert review

Read the Ford Mondeo hatchback (2007 - ) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.

Published: 12th July 2008 Updated: 28th October 2014
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The Auto Trader expert verdict: 4.0 The Ford Mondeo provides an enjoyable driving experience with impressive levels of comfort, and there's a wide choice of engines and trim levels to suit most owners.


  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Upmarket interior
  • Five-star EuroNCAP safety rating


  • Some may find it’s too big
  • Popularity means it lacks individuality
  • Thirsty petrol engine

At a glance


Words by: Adrian Higgins

Exterior Our rating 4/5

The new Ford Mondeo – available as hatchback, saloon or estate looks miles better than its predecessor. Ford’s ‘kinetic design’ has applied a unifying family brush to its range of cars, which has left them all looking improved. Influenced by its German rivals Audi and BMW, the Ford Mondeo now looks like a genuine alternative – from its handsome triangular rear cluster to its angled headlights.

Interior Our rating 4/5

The design improvements continue inside. The Titanium X model we drove comes from the top end of the range and featured what Ford calls a Human Machine Interface. This provides the digital display between the rev and speedo dials, which like the central console controls, are easy to operate and looks modern. Dark plastics and silver dominate the interior, providing a very liveable (and very large) upmarket environment.

Practicality Our rating 4/5

The hatchback offers 528-litres of boot space. In two-seat mode the hatchback’s capacity increases to 1,448-litres. Those looking for outright load-lugging capacity may wish to consider the Mondeo Estate. There’s plenty of room inside the Ford Mondeo for people as well as luggage and leg and shoulder room is plentiful.

Ride and handling Our rating 4/5

The Mondeo steers well, handles well and will deliver you to your destination in comfort. Drivers expect these qualities in a Ford Mondeo and the latest version delivers in spades. This is a very talented car with the ability to make your drive entertaining as well as functional.

Performance Our rating 4/5

With four petrol and three diesel engines available, there are alternatives to suit most needs: from the environmentally friendly Econetic (53.3mpg and 139g/km CO2 emissions) to the performance orientated. We drove the extremely accomplished 175bhp 2.2-litre TDCi coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox. This was a later addition to the new range and will likely prove a popular choice with motorway cruisers with an eye on performance (0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds and 139mph top speed) and decent economy.

Running costs Our rating 4/5

The range of engine choices and set-ups means you can play a big role in choosing how much your Mondeo will cost to run. Go for the 1.8-litre diesel five-speed Econetic and 139g/km CO2 emissions will keep your car tax down and your fuel consumption should average at 53.3mpg. The 2.2-litre diesel model produces 165g/km CO2 (£145) while returning 45.6mpg.

Reliability Our rating 4/5

Ford is the ninth most reliable manufacturer according to the Reliability Index. Some models use existing engines and gearboxes which will also help reduce the likelihood of any problems.

Safety Our rating 4/5

The Ford Mondeo scored a maximum five-star rating following EuroNCAP crash tests. electronic stability programme (ESP), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA) and anti-lock braking (ABS) system are standard on all models – as are seven airbags.

Equipment Our rating 4/5

The Ford Mondeo range consist of five trim specifications: from Edge, through Zetec, Ghia and Titanium to the range-topping Titanium X. Standard features include air conditioning, Electronic Stability Program and Emergency Brake Assist, Ford Easy Fuel (which stops you putting the wrong fuel in), trip computer, cruise control and leather steering wheel. Zetec adds 16-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles, front foglights, dual zone air conditioning and leather gearknob. Ghia and Titanium trims feature 17-inch alloys with the Ghia favouring the wood trim and the Titanium silver. Titanium X adds adaptive front light system, starter button and alcantara/leather trim.

Why buy? Our rating 4/5

Ford could have just made the Mondeo a functional tool for getting from A to B, but instead they have made it great to drive and improved its interior and exterior styling.

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Best on a budget Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 115 Edge Base diesel Mondeo offers best value for money.
Best-seller Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec Zetec kit makes this the popular Mondeo.
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