Ford Mondeo Review

Gumtree Rating

4.0 rating

Ford first launched the ever-popular Mondeo back in 1993, and it’s gone through four generations of design upgrades since then. It’s currently available as an estate car, but has previously appeared as a saloon too. Newer models offer a level of comfort, elegance, and refinement that can compete with vehicles at a more premium price point. The interior is particularly smart and well-equipped. If your budget isn’t too restricted and you’re looking for something stylish and practical for ferrying the family around, the Mondeo is definitely worth a look.

Take a look at the Ford Mondeo model page to check out available models.

What we think about the Ford Mondeo

The Mondeo is a stylish, sophisticated estate car that offers a smooth ride.



Refined, quiet driving experience


High-quality design, both inside and out


Great range of on-board tech and features


Good safety rating


Quite expensive, particularly for higher trims

Handling lacks excitement on newer models

Engines are quite pedestrian

The 2020 Ford Mondeo is available in three trims – Zetec, Vignale, and Titanium. The entry-level Zetec is a good starting point – the basic engine is a 2.0-litre diesel, which offers fuel efficiency of around 50 mpg. It’s a five-door estate car, with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Driving performance of the Ford Mondeo

Our Driving Rating7 / 10

The Ford Mondeo is always a pleasant car to cruise around town in. But the exact experience you get from it will vary, depending on which year you go for. The latest models offer an extremely smooth ride, with light, responsive steering and comfortable suspension. Older versions have a bit more sharpness and feel to their handling, which is geared more towards driver enjoyment. The newer, larger Mondeo can be quite cumbersome to park and to get around corners though, and visibility isn’t as good as some of the competition.

Safety and reliability of the Ford Mondeo

Our Safety Rating8 / 10

The Ford Mondeo was last tested by Euro NCAP back in 2019, when it achieved the full five-star rating. It scored an impressive 95% for how well it protected the driver, and 87% for the protection of child passengers. As standard, you’ll have lane keeping alert and automatic emergency braking features included. If you want even more protection and peace of mind, upgrade to the Titanium trim. High-level extras include adaptive cruise control and adaptive headlights.

Under the bonnet of the Ford Mondeo

Our Engine Rating7 / 10

The entry-level engine on the new Mondeo is a 2.0-litre diesel, which offers 148 bhp. It’s far from the fastest unit off the blocks, with a 0-62 time of around 9.7 seconds, but it’s reasonably refined and quiet. As of 2020, petrol engines were discontinued on the Ford Mondeo. Probably the most impressive of the older models was a 1.5-litre, offering up to 63 bhp. Newer buyers who really want to get a petrol engine can always go for the 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid, which provides around 184 bhp.

What you'll find in the Ford Mondeo

Our Design Rating8 / 10

As the Mondeo has evolved, its design has become slightly less distinctive and busy – but significantly more sophisticated and refined. It’s now a sleek, almost sporty-looking vehicle, with a subtly streamlined structure. The front end has a satisfying curve to it, and the large grille is probably the standout feature, reminiscent of an Aston Martin. The latest model is also noticeably larger than older versions, giving it a real feeling of presence when it’s out on the road.

Comfort and interiors in the Ford Mondeo

Our Comfort Rating8 / 10

Inside the Ford Mondeo cabin, there’s a real feeling of comfort and elegance, particularly if you opt for one of the higher trims. Even the basic models have decent materials and some neat design touches, as well as an open layout. The dashboard also looks like something from a vehicle at a much higher price point. Another impressive aspect of the cabin is how quiet it is, even at higher speeds – thanks to the aerodynamic build of the Mondeo, noise is kept to a real minimum.

Red Ford Mondeo interior dashboard

What features you'll find in the Ford Mondeo

Our Features Rating9 / 10

The entry-level Zetec trim of the Mondeo has a pretty generous list of features. It offers an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen running Ford’s excellent SNYC3 media system, as well as DAB radio, satnav, cruise control and 17-inch alloy wheels. You can upgrade to the Titanium Edition for full leather upholstery, and the ST-Line will get you lowered suspension as well as larger 18-inch alloys. If you absolutely need to shell out for everything Ford is willing to throw at you, the Vignale trim will get you quilted leather seats, upgraded cabin materials and a heated steering wheel.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Ford Mondeo

Our Fuel Consumption Rating7 / 10

With a number of diesel options and a petrol-hybrid, the Mondeo definitely isn’t a gas-guzzler, but its fuel economy figures are still only mediocre compared to rivals. The best you can expect is around 56.5 mpg from the 2.0-litre diesel engine, while the efficiency of the petrol-hybrid is closer to 47 mpg. If you’re trying to keep your carbon emissions down, the hybrid is clearly the one to opt for, and it kicks out around 127 g/km, compared to 147 g/km for the most efficient diesel.

Running costs of the Ford Mondeo

Our Cost Rating7 / 10

If you’re using the Mondeo for a lot of long-distance driving, the diesel options are particularly appealing as a useful way to cut down on costs. The hybrid engine will also get you a slight discount on road tax, but it doesn’t qualify you for the London Congestion Charge exemption, unfortunately. Ford offers a three-year/60,000 miles warranty as standard with its new vehicles. Insurance premiums for the Mondeo are quite reasonable compared to other cars in this class.

Our verdict of the Ford Mondeo

4.0 rating

4 / 5 Gumtree rating

With confident styling, a comfortable interior, and impressive safety features, the Ford Mondeo is a high-quality estate car. What it lacks in engine power, it makes up for with class and practicality.