Ford: 2015 Mondeo Titanium Ecoboost hatch review

Ford: 2015 Mondeo Titanium Ecoboost hatch review

It was a case of better late than never when the new generation of Ford Mondeo arrived on New Zealand soil in April this year.

The car made it’s U.S debut as the Fusion in 2012, but European production, where cars for right-hand-drive markets are sourced, was moved from the previous factory in Genk, Belgium to a more modern facility in Valencia, Spain.

Ford also took the opportunity to add in some new technology to New Zealand-bound Mondeo hatch and station wagon models including the inflating rear seat belts, which are the first devices to protect rear set passengers in a front end crash.


Given the fact that the Mondeo hatchback is almost as big as the ageing Falcon, you almost have to ask why Ford continues to market the Aussie manufactured sedan here, and certainly the Spanish-built car will become the Blue Ovals biggest sedan and wagon on offer in Kiwi dealerships post October 2016.

Spec

2015 Mondeo Titanium grilleFord offers three grades of specification with the Mondeo hatch, being the entry level Ambiente, mid-level Trend, and the top of the range Titanium with all the bells and whistles you could possibly wish for.

The panoramic glass roof with electric internal sunshade is about the sole optional extra on the Titanium.

Our Mondeo Titanium press car arrived in the very fetching shade of Deep Impact Blue, sitting on the standard 18-inch alloy wheels.

2015 Mondeo Titanium hatch rearLeather upholstery is standard on the sports seats in the Titanium, along with seat heaters for both front and rear passenger, as well as Ford’s Sync connectivity system, which is voice activated or driven through the central touchscreen.

Other technology fitted to the Titanium hatch includes lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, active park assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, torque vectoring control and adaptive suspension.

Thats a lot of spec for a retail ask of $55,000 and indeed there are some more expensive European-sourced premium mid size sedans available which fail to match the Mondeo Titanium in the apples for apples comparison test.

Power

2015 Mondeo Titanium engine coverOur test car was fitted with the 2-litre turbocharged petrol Ecoboost engine that puts out 177kW of power and 345Nm of torque, yet will return fuel consumption of 8.5L/100km.

Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering column to give manual control to the driver when the mood takes them.

Ford has created a special audio effect package to make the Ecoboost petrol engine sound as good as it goes. When accelerating briskly, the car sounds quite aggressive with an extremely evident turbocharged whine, as the gearbox manfully puts all the mid-range torque through the front wheels.

Inside

2015 Mondeo Titanium interior f1The interior design is quintessentially Ford, simple black surfaces with polished metal highlights, complemented by a leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel that looks good and is comfortable to use, and easily adjusted for reach and rake thanks to the powered adjustment.

Theres plenty of places to put cellphones, travel mugs, drink bottles, laptop bags and the usual paraphernalia of modern life that 2015 Mondeo Titanium dashboard centre screenwe all seem to cart about. Charging mobile devices is made easier through the availability of USB and 12 volt outlets.

We like the fact that the Titanium offers heated seating for 5 people, and there is more than enough room for 5 Kiwi sized blokes to travel comfortably inside. There is also plenty of room for their luggage as well.

The boot is 1350mm wide (narrowing to 1140mm) and its 1070mm deep. With the rear seats folded theres 1802mm of flat floor space available behind the two front seats.

In litres (VDA) the available boot space equates to 557 litres laden to the roof with the rear seats in situ, or 1356 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Experience

2015 Mondeo Titanium cabin f1The Mondeo is a very easy car to hop into and drive off. Even if you are not familiar with Ford, the dashboard layout and design is clean and intuitive, and the seats, air con temperature, and steering wheel position for reach and rake are easily adjusted to your personal preference.

On the road the Mondeo provides good feedback through the chassis and steering wheel without feeling harsh or intrusive. There is a bit of torque-steer through the steering wheel sometimes if you are a bit heavy on the accelerator when steering through a 2015 Mondeo Titanium tailgatecorner, but the handling is normally well controlled and very stable.

Ride quality is excellent despite the large wheel rims and low profile tyres.

I was also impressed by the sound of the inline four-cylinder engine when it was being given the welly. Ford has installed a sound effect package in the Titanium to enhance the sound of the Ecoboost unit and it sounds quite aggressive with a really guttural turbo whine when you accelerate briskly.

The six-speed automatic is also very good at coping with all the power and torque being feed to the front wheels, shifting smoothly and precisely at all times.

Verdict

Despite the Mondeo’s delayed arrival, the car has found favour with the New Zealand Guild of Motoring Writers and made the top ten list of finalists for the New Zealand Car of the Year award, which will be announced on December 9.

We are not surprised because the new Ford really is much greater than the sum of its parts. It not only ticks all of the specification boxes and then some, its a genuinely good driving machine that is a pleasure to live with on a daily basis.

If you haven’t driven a Ford lately, then maybe you should.

Price: $55,390

Pros:

  • Great spec, great drive, great economy, great price.
  • The front styling has great presence 

Cons:

  • The design of the rear looks too much like the previous car.

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