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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Ford Mondeo Estate

Overall verdict
More grown up and all the better for it. Priced very keenly too - it's a smart shout.


Newfound maturity, no less useful than the old one, lots of toys


A Passat is posher, the old one is better to drive


What is it?

One of the backbones of Britain really. Coming soon to builder’s yards, school runs and every motorway in the land, Ford’s handsome fourth-gen Mondeo has spawned a wagon version. For the first time, it’s available with a teeny 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost engine, and you get almost 200 litres of extra boostpace over the hatchback – as long as the rear seats are flipped down (the hatch is actually bigger with them up). 

It still lacks the cachet of the rather accomplished newVW Passat – which incidentally trounces the Ford for cargo capacity – but the Mondeo is a far more technologically sophisticated machine than the super-common wagon it replaces – and deserves to shift just as many examples.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line Ed [Lux] 5dr Powershift
9.0s 131g/km 190 £31,825
The cheapest
2.0 EcoBlue Zetec Edition 5dr
9.8s 119g/km 150 £25,675
The greenest
2.0 Hybrid Zetec Edition 5dr Auto
9.2s 99g/km 187 £27,775