There are very few cars that prove to be real game changers: the original Ford Mondeo was one of the few. When it was launched in 1993, it had a level of design and, particularly, driver involvement that didn’t really exist in the less than stellar repmobile sector. I once had a 1.8 LX I bought for £400 and it was brilliant.
We seem to take the Mondeo’s existence for granted these days, especially as the BMW 3-Series has long since usurped it as the company car of choice. Not that the Mondeo stopped being very good, it’s just that Mondeo-man’s car allowance went up.
Now in its fifth generation, the Mondeo is still excellent. It looks good, there’s loads of space, generous equipment in Titanium spec and it’s solidly screwed together. The 158bhp, 1.5-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine driven here is punchy and refined, if completely pointless in the diesel-obsessed UK.
There is a problem, though. There’s nothing wrong with the way it drives – the ride is fantastic and the steering is direct and well-weighted – there’s no sense of the chuckability or joie de vivre that made driving the previous generations of Mondeo so much fun.
The latest Ford Mondeo is a massively competent all-rounder, but it’s lost some of the sparkle.
Ford Mondeo 1.5T EcoBoost Titanium
Engine: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol
Gearbox: 6-speed manual (6-spd auto optional)
Power/Torque: 158bhp; 177lb/ft
Economy/Emissions: 48.7mpg; 134g/km
0-62mph: 9.2 seconds
Top speed: 138mph
By Only Motors