It’s known as the Fusion in some parts of the world and the Contour in previous generations. But you will know it as the Ford Mondeo. It is, without a doubt, one of the most popular vehicles on the market today. It is a large car that comes in hatchback, saloon and estate formats.

Today I will be giving you a first look at the new Ford Mondeo hatchback. Even though it’s a car aimed at the business market, it’s also gaining popularity with those that have growing families in tow.

Ford Mondeo Sedan

Equipment Choice

The new Ford Mondeo is available in a choice of four trim levels – Style, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.

As standard, Style comes with a plethora of features that will meet most people’s needs. For instance, you get an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display. You also get DAB digital radio, dual-zone climate control and power windows.

Zetec also includes electric folding mirrors, heated front windscreen and cruise control. You also get adjustable front seats and chrome exterior trim. Titanium is the best-selling model and accounts for just over half of all Mondeo sales.

With that trim level, you get larger alloy wheels, push-button ignition and sports seats. Automatic wipers and lights, GPS navigation and a lane departure system also feature in this trim level. As does an auto-dimming interior mirror.

The top of the range trim is the Titanium X. LED headlights and leather upholstery come as standard. As does electric memory front seats and keyless entry to the tailgate are just some of the luxury extras included as standard!

That’s just a summary of an extensive list of features for each model, by the way. Visit your local dealer or check out your nearest TCH Locations to see them in person. The new Ford Mondeo is one of the most feature-packed cars I’ve ever reviewed!

On the Road

Since the model’s inception back in 1993, one of the main selling points is its handling. It’s quite an agile vehicle despite its large size. It feels stable, and steering feedback is excellent. Ford have done an incredible job of keeping the car comfortable without making it feel like it’s floating on air.

In the model’s latest guise, the steering is electric. Previous generations used hydraulic power steering. That makes it easier to turn the wheel, especially in a stationary position. When you’re driving a big car like the Ford Mondeo, the last thing you need is heavy steering!

Engine Choice

There is a vast array of engines to choose from with the Ford Mondeo, and they are available in both petrol and diesel formats. The latest generation makes use of Ford’s new EcoBoost petrol engines. They are small capacity units that offer performance and fuel economy to rival diesel power plants.

If you want a car with low emissions for environmental and tax purposes, the new Ford Mondeo has got you covered. And there are plenty of powerful units for those that prefer spirited driving too.

I recommend you take the Mondeo out for a test drive if you’re after a large hatchback.

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