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The Top Gear car review:Ford Mondeo Estate
For:Newfound maturity, no less useful than the old one, lots of toys
Against: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.