What is it like on the inside?
Gone are the shiny metal-effect-plastics of the previous model, replaced by higher quality matt plastics throughout. Sure, a Volkswagen Passat feels far posher to the touch and appears so to the eye, but the Mondeo has at least overtaken its Japanese and Korean opposition once again.
The SYNC touchscreen is a key element of this makeover, but as this is an estate, we’ll concentrate on matters further back. With the seats up, the boot actually offers 25 litres less than the capacious Mondeo hatch, but the wide, low-silled load bay with the spacious rear bench folded is surely big enough for most families’ needs.
Overall, Ford could have been a touch more adventurous and titillating with the cabin’s look, but it knows that conservatism sells in this market, and the Mondeo at last has a grown-up environment to meet the competition with.