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2015 Ford Mondeo Trend review

Practical Motoring’s 2015 Ford Mondeo Trend review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety, verdict and rating.

In a Nutshell: The new, bigger Mondeo is an improvement on its predecessor and will take over ‘big car’ duties from the Falcon when that car ends production in 2016.

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How we rated the 2015 Ford Mondeo Trend
Practical Motoring Says : The new Ford Mondeo will take over Ford's family car duties from now and beyond the end of Falcon production in 2016. Indeed, it's so good and so well priced that anyone buying a Falcon over it should have their head read. A sublime ride, strong engine, room for a family and competitively priced mean the Mondeo should be on your shopping list.

DESPITE A LINE-UP of cars that’s one of the best in the business, Ford isn’t the automotive powerhouse, locally at least, that it probably thinks it should be. It’s set to close the doors on local manufacturing in 2016 and, at the same time, will remove the Falcon nameplate from Australian roads.

There are many of Falcon fans that think when the Falcon dies, so will Ford. But it won’t. And once the Falcon’s gone and we’ve shed the last of our tears for that nameplate, we’ll all start to wonder why Ford didn’t kill it earlier.

And one of the reasons for that is the car you’re looking at here. The Ford Mondeo will take over ‘big car’ duties for the Falcon and hopefully spearhead growth in the ‘family’ car segment for Ford from now. But that won’t be easy, because the Mondeo is up against stiff competition from the refreshed Hyundai i40, Subaru Liberty, Mazda6, Toyota Camry and others like the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta. Tough crowd.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend car review

Sourced from Spain, the fourth-generation Mondeo range starts at just $32,790 (+ORC) making it $3610 cheaper than the entry-level Falcon, while the mid-spec Trend hatch we are testing, is just $37,290 (+ORC) and represents considerable value for money.

Despite its predecessor gaining a name for roominess, particularly in wagon trim, this new Mondeo is actually bigger than the previous generation and only slightly smaller than a Falcon. The Mondeo measures 4871mm long (4919mm Falcon); 1852mm wide (1868mm Falcon); 1482mm tall (1494mm Falcon); and the wheelbase is 2850mm (2838mm Falcon); and that means more front legroom and virtually identical rear seat legroom when compared to the Falcon: 1128/972mm and 1073/989mm, respectively.

Like the last-ever Falcon, the Mondeo wears the new global hexagonal grille. And while some have knocked the look, to our eyes the Mondeo is a classy looker. Our test car is the Mondeo Trend and it gets slimline Halogen headlights, fog and daytime running lights, a slight bonnet bulge along with four raised style lines up to the windscreen which give the thing, particularly from front-on, a wide looking and purposeful stance.

It’s worth mentioning that crayon twirlers from Australia had a small hand in the Mondeo’s look, and beyond manufacturing which will end in 2016, it’s clear that Aussie engineering and design talent will be key to Ford’s global future.  You only have to look at local input with both the Ford Ranger and Everest to see that.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend car review

Inside, the dashboard layout is probably the pick of the Ford line-up with quality materials chosen and fit and finish superior to, and apologies for labouring the point, the Falcon. The 10-way power operated seats (with heating and memory functions for the driver) allow for driver’s both short and tall to get comfortable behind the wheel. 

Like the seat, the steering wheel offers plenty of adjustment and offers easy control of main features like audio, telephone and cruise control.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend car review

In the back and although the 60/40-split rear seat can accommodate three, it’s a bit of a tight fit for three adults, but teenagers, or children in child seats will have plenty of room. That said, head room will be tight in the back for anyone 1.8m-plus tall – front headroom with the sunroof fitted drops from 987mm to 964mm from the seat base, in the back it goes from 961mm to 960mm.

Boot space in the Mondeo five-seat hatch goes from 458 litres with a full-size spare and loaded to the parcel shelf, to 557 litres with full spare and loaded to the roof, and 1356 litres with the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof. The boot shape is reasonable with 1130mm between the wheel arches.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend car review

Even a short drive is enough to show that Ford’s engineers spent a lot of time on insulating the Mondeo and the thing is easily the quietest car in its class. Indeed, noise insulation was a big part of this cars development, and Ford says it made things like the windscreen 0.4mm thicker, added more sealant and tweaked the shape of the wing mirrors to ensure less rustle at highway speed.

Under the bonnet of the Mondeo Trend is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine that produces 177kW at 5300rpm and 345Nm at 2300-4900rpm.  The official combined fuel consumption cycle for the Trend is 8.2L/100km, however in a week of varied motoring we averaged 8.9L/100km with quite a deal of freeway motoring.

Consumption aside, the Mondeo’s EcoBoost engine is excellent and the smooth six-speed automatic does an excellent job of ensuring the wide torque band is put to good use. Whether it’s a hill or overtaking on the highway, the Mondeo does it effortlessly. For those who still think you need a big lazy engine for effort-free motoring, the Mondeo will change the way you think with its relaxed, grunty and quiet nature.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend car review

Ford has re-worked the Mondeo’s rear-end and the Oz-spec car runs the same suspension set-up as the European model (it’s a global car, see and so everything has to work as well here as somewhere else). Indeed, the new integral link rear suspension set-up adds to the vehicles hushed nature, by virtue of its alternative mounting to the subframe.

No matter the surface, the Mondeo is both supple and controlled. Indeed, feeling more ‘comfortable’ than others in this segment, the new Mondeo is equally at home as the speed rises and the corners start coming. Thanks to the clever blend of well-tuned suspension, a stiffer body and excellent noise insulation the Mondeo comes off as a real mile muncher.

While the old Mondeo was one of the last Ford’s to feature hydraulic steering the new Mondeo has switched to an electric set-up and it’s not immediately as involving as the old system. The action is still direct but more weight in the wheel would add some icing to the cake, if you know what I mean. The brakes offer a nice progressive action with decent pedal feel underfoot.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend car review

The mid-range  Mondeo Trend that we’re testing builds on the Ambiente (entry-level) and gets sat-nav, voice activation for phone, audio, dual zone climate control, projector headlights, daytime running lights, as well as front and rear parking sensors.  In addition, it features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhausts, puddle lamps, halogen headlights, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, 10-way electric (heated) front seats with three memory settings, a reversing camera, active city stop and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

The Mondeo gets a five-star ANCAP rating and features a range of active and passive safety systems. It gets nine airbags and inflatable rear seatbelts (pictured above), ABS brakes, stability and traction control, Active City Stop, Lane keeping and lane departure warning, driver impairment monitor that detects and warns if the driver is becoming fatigued, rear view camera and paring sensors, hill launch assist, intrusion sensing alarm along with Ford’s MyKey system that can lock certain cars functions and limit its speed, helpful for parents whose children may drive the vehicle.

The Mondeo has a three year/100,000km warranty, complimentary roadside assist membership, and servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000kms.

2015 Ford Mondeo Trend

Price $37,290 (+ORC) Engine 2.0 litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol (95RON) Power/Torque 177kW/345Nm Transmission six-speed automatic Body 4871mm (L); 1852mm (W); 1482mm (H) Luggage Capacity 458 litres Weight 1634kg Thirst 8.2L/100km (combined)


18 Comments

  1. BarryH
    July 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    These articles always overlook the requirement for higher octane fuels. OK for Europe but not very friendly here

    • July 3, 2015 at 6:07 pm — Reply

      Fair point, Barry. But 95RON is becoming the norm now. Some makers specify 98RON, and the difference in dollars and cents between running a tank of fuel at 91 and a tank at 95 is likely to be measured in a fistful of dollars only.

      • D987
        July 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm — Reply

        95 is becoming impossible to buy now, it’s either 91 or 98. The price difference between the two is often huge.

        • July 5, 2015 at 7:44 am — Reply

          Hi D987, maybe that depends where you live. I live in the Blue Mountains of NSW but give the main road up here is the Great Western Highway then all of the service stations offer everything from LPG to 91 and 98. And you’re right, sometimes the price difference between 91 and 98 can be big, so, we’ve sent a message to Ford asking whether the Mondeo can actually run on 91RON, or whether it’s strictly 95 and above.

          • Graeme Baird/Darkie
            July 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

            Sounds good and will be interesting to see what they say.It would be good to see the 2.3 engine from Mustang be available as an upspec model.

          • July 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

            Hi Graeme and others… spoke with Ford and the official line is that the Mondeo will run happily on 91RON, but prefers 95RON. But then, don’t we all like the finer things in life… Hope this helps.

          • Myles Harris
            November 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

            What makes the engine prefer it? Will the fuel consumption come down a bit or something?

          • November 22, 2015 at 7:23 am

            Hi Myles, it’s unlikely your fuel consumption will come down significantly. It was more Ford’s way of saying you can run 91RON but you should probably also run a tank of 95RON every third fill up. Cheers Isaac

          • Myles Harris
            December 6, 2015 at 10:32 pm

            Well, I bought the Trend Ecoboost hatch. Thank you very much for your review. Will pick it up this week and give it the occasional tank of premium.

      • Graeme Baird/Darkie
        July 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm — Reply

        You seem to overlook the difference in price for the higher octane fuels when travelling as they are usually a lot dearer outside the metro areas.This car looks great and has actually been around for a couple of years overseas, but will never overtake the Falcon for towing and its been proven for years that there is no FRONT DRIVER that will tow as good as rear wheel drive.

    • July 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm — Reply

      Barry where the car will be used offroad or remote touring we do call out a preference for 95RON as 91 is still the standard in rural areas.

  2. Aileen
    August 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm — Reply

    Picking up my Trend this weekend – very excited. I drove the Fusion last year in Hawaii (American model) and fell in love with it. Just a beautiful car to drive, very excited!

    • August 4, 2015 at 10:18 am — Reply

      Hi Aileen, Let us know what you think of it when you get the Mondeo home. I liked my time in it, but there were a couple of quirks with it that made it unsuitable for ‘my’ family life. But, that said, why Ford persists in selling the Falcon when it has the Mondeo is beyond me. – Isaac

      • Aileen
        August 12, 2015 at 11:40 pm — Reply

        Picked up my Mondeo and I couldn’t be any be happier. I ended up getting the Magnetic colour as the waiting list was 3 months for the Blazer Blue and I was to impatient to wait. It’s a beautiful car to drive, comfortable heated seats, big long boot, nice relaxed 6 speed automatic that works well the with the 2,0L ecoboost turbo engine. 5 stars for safety rating, has to be one of the safest cars on the road. I’m a 27 year old single female with no kids so 9/10 times it’s only me in the car so I had a different criteria when looking for a car (outside the standard family requirements). Personal opinion this car is leaps and bounds above the Mazda 6 GT and Subaru Liberty 3.6R. I only have one gripe, no manual option.

        • August 13, 2015 at 11:49 am — Reply

          Glad you’re enjoying it. You say you had a different criteria for choosing the Mondeo… what made you go for such a big car?

        • Zao Lee
          November 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm — Reply

          Hi Aileen,

          Glad to hear you are enjoying it. I have one question. With this petrol mondeo, do you use 91 or 95 petrol? and is the engine thirsty based on your experience?
          why did the petrol model win you over the diesel model?

          Thank you

  3. Steve
    October 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    You say reach and rake adjustable steering is not available on the Falcon.It is available on all Falcons and has been for some time.

    • October 31, 2015 at 6:22 am — Reply

      You’re right, Steve. I’m not sure why that statement was in the Mondeo article, but it’s gone now. That said, the Falcon’s reach and rake adjustment is pretty poor compared with the Mondeo. No matter how you adjust the Falcon’s steering wheel, it still feels like it’s resting in your lap. Isaac

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