79: Ford Mondeo – Old stager still worthy of your attention

Top 100 cars for 2020: Default diesels are decent engines, while the hybrid version has decent economy

Arguably not as good a car as were previous generations of Mondeo, but it still has its charms

Arguably not as good a car as were previous generations of Mondeo, but it still has its charms

 

Ford’s old stager is still clinging on to life, in spite of the market for large-ish, non-premium, four-door saloons having essentially collapsed around it. To be honest, it’s not as good a car as were previous generations of Mondeo, but it still has its charms.

Get an ST-Line model in a strong metallic colour and it still looks the business (far more so than the too-chintzy, too-expensive Vignale version) and the interior, although it looks a little old-fashioned now, is roomy, comfy, and mostly pretty well built.

Default diesels are decent engines, while the hybrid version has decent economy, but lacks for sparkling performance.

In driving it, you can still find hints of the razor-sharp Mondeos of old, but to be honest, the dynamic performance of this version has never quite lived up to the standards of its forebears. How much longer will it last? It’s hard to say, but it’s still worth a look for as long as it’s around.

Best model: Mondeo Hatchback 2.0 TDCI ST-Line for €33,408

Price range: €29,815 to €40,907 Finance from POA per month.

Co2 emissions: 101 to 144g/km

Sum up: Still a solid choice.

* A note on Co2 figures: For almost all the cars in the Top 100, we’ve quoted the stricter WLTP figures for Co2 emissions. A few are still quoted on their older NEDC2 figure, and that’s the number they’ll be taxed on. If you’re confused at all, just consult your local dealer for specific data for the make and model in which you’re interested.