We heard about this fourth generation Mondeo, released at the end of 2014, two years ago, and the American version (Fusion) was on the way in early 2013.
It finally arrives a few months after the 2014 Paris Motor Show with sharp styling and impressive technological content. Autonomous braking, automatic parking, also a world first: airbags in the rear seat belts. Equipment that has now clearly disappeared…
However, the Mondeo is easy to drive and fun to drive on the road, with a wide range of engines from a 125 hp 1.0 Ecoboost 3-cylinder petrol engine to a hybrid or 2.0 petrol 210 hp 2.0 TDCI bi-turbo diesel engine. 240 horsepower. Everyone benefits.
It’s comfortable, very well soundproofed (even with active noise reduction on the top-of-the-line Vignale), and its spaciousness makes traveling enjoyable.
On the other hand, it’s a pretty heavy car and therefore greedy, whether it’s petrol or diesel. Shame.
Finally, in terms of reliability, it doesn’t have to be ashamed of comparing it to the best. Problems are really quite rare. Good point.
- Driving comfort
- sound insulation
- size selection
- A hybrid version from 2015
- luggage volume
- Equipment possibilities
Black didn’t like
- Consumption, average
- Some finishing details
- weight still high
- (somewhat) lackluster presentation
- The trunk of the hybrid version
Our favorite versions
- IV 2.0 HYBRID 187 TITANIUM BVA6 4P
- IV SW 2.0 TDCI 180 VIGNALE POWERSHIFT
Attributes and defects
what might tempt you
- Comfort: The Mondeo has a very comfortable suspension, which makes long-distance travel enjoyable
- Soundproofing: Comprehensive and beneficial to the ears. It’s even better with the active noise reduction on the Vignale versions.
- Choice of bodywork: Whether you’re a fan of boot sedans, hatchbacks or station wagons, the Mondeo can satisfy you. But the 4-door is sometimes rare.
- Hybrid version: In 2015 Ford marketed the 2.0 187 hp hybrid version which reduces consumption compared to petrol units and is well proportioned as you can stay around 5.5/6 liters with this engine.
- Luggage volume: In the thermal version, the Mondeo offers 541 liters and is very good for this category.
- Equipment possibilities: This Mondeo is equipped with pedestrian-sensing automatic braking, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED lights and even rear airbag belts, etc. It is very techno with its features. That’s a nice donation then.
- Reliability: Very high on average, plus few business owners are bothered by non-recurring issues. Reassuring.
what can doubt
- Consumption: Average consumption is slightly higher, except for the hybrid model.
- Finish: some details (dashboard plastics, assemblies) are a bit disappointing, but nothing is acceptable.
- High weight: In addition to the load consumption, it is felt in dynamic driving and braking.
- Presentation: It could be described as a little too boring and serious, but it’s up to everyone.
- The trunk of the hybrid version: it loses 1/3 of its capacity, increasing from 541 liters to 383 liters. Which would be small.
Buy / Rating:
All Fords have an excellent price/performance ratio. This is the case with this Mondeo, which offers attractive prices in nine units available on the second-hand market. The first petrol price is 12.500 Euros for approximately 80.000 km. 10,400 € on diesel, but around 140,000 km. There are even cheaper options (starting at €7,000 but up to 240,000km!).
The Mondeo remains a heavy sedan, despite a slight weight loss between the 3rd and 4th generation. This is reflected in consumption. If they’re still reasonable on diesel, they’re pretty high on gasoline, even if they’re much worse than a Volkswagen Passa or Peugeot 508. Only the hybrid version does well on this fuel, especially in the city.
The Mondeo is the affordable new one that should lower insurance premiums. But unfortunately, its rather expensive parts make repairs quite expensive in the event of an accident, so insurance premiums are ultimately average. It is cheaper than the Passat, but at the level of the French sedan.
Price of parts:
Large parts are market average (clutch, distribution…) but filtering elements are sometimes twice as expensive as French models. Of course, at smaller prices on the base, but it will weigh on the price of basic revisions. Modeo is therefore slightly more expensive in this regard.
Revision periods are different according to the model of each engine and euro standards. Gasoline since May 2018 (2 years and 30,000 km) every year or 20,000 km, excluding Ecoboost to the Euro 6.2 standard. All diesels are valid for 2 years or 30,000 km, except 1.6 TDCI (1 year or 20,000 km) in Euro 5 standard. Timing belt replacement times average 200,000 km or 10 years before reinstallation, excluding 1.6 TDCI (180,000 km or 9 years). That’s 10 years or 240,000 km on the 1.0 Ecoboost engine. 240,000 km or 10 years on EcoBlue diesels. So the deadlines are pretty intermittent, but it’s less good than having a chain that can’t be changed.
Since labor rates are not very high at Ford (just over €90 on the national average), maintenance costs are average.
Ford has done very well in terms of reliability, with models that haven’t been talked about for several years, from the small Ka+ to the big Galaxy. And the Mondeo doesn’t talk about it, except sedan or breakout, well, either. Of course, nothing is ever perfect and some owners are exposed to dangers, but nothing is repetitive and seldom inactive. you made a good point
Severe or immobilizing faults:
- There is nothing to report in this section.
Other failures or weaknesses:
- Injection pump. On some 2.0 TDCI 150/180 models, the injection pump is weak, prematurely replaced. But it is rare.
- Water thermostat housing. In rare copies, the possibility of leakage at the level of the coolant thermostat housing, mainly 2.0 TDCI 150. Change.
- Powershift box. Possible stiffness in the arm. Adjustments are possible.
- Nothing to report in this section
- Furniture sounds. Only in some copies some furniture sounds are heard randomly and infrequently (squeak, vibration).
- Plastics. Black polished plastics scratch quickly and easily.
Electronic faults/built-in functions:
- Electronic insects. Mondéo is equipped with electronics and can play games in some cases. Bluetooth worry, radio button not working, GPS slow, Active City Stop not working, air conditioner blowing hot and cold. Updates or reprogramming usually remove these dangers.
Dealer fix reminder:
- July 2016. Reminder to check and update adaptive LED lights.
- September 2018. Recall of a series of models produced between September 2014 and April 2018 for the risk of A/C compressor clutch breakage and tripping (accident risk).
- September 2019. Recall of models from February 2014 to February 2019 due to risk of battery fluid leaking around the negative terminal due to overheating by increasing resistance, causing damage or fire.
- December 2019. Recall of Ecoboost models manufactured up to June 2016 due to risk of rupture of the clutch pressure plate.
- September 2020. Risk of poor inflation if the airbags inflate (these ammonium nitrate propellant decomposes against moisture) as well as recall of models manufactured until 28 February 2017 for debris projection and extreme temperatures).
Electric petrol hybrid: IV 2.0 HYBRID 187 TITANIUM BVA6 4P
In essence, we will refer you to the hybrid version. Indeed, the Mondeo motorized in this way is the only one sober. Much or more than diesel versions. And especially in the city, where consumption comparisons are to their advantage. In addition, this block is strong enough, and its approval is not so much spoiled by the CVT box, which is noisy only if you really put your foot down. The owners are satisfied in any case.
Financial strength: 7
True Strength: 187
CO2 emissions: 89g/km
On Diesel: IV SW 2.0 TDCI 180 VIGNALE POWERSHIFT
2.0 TDCI is highly recommended in diesel. And the 180 hp version is a good compromise when compared to the useless 210 hp bi-turbo and 150 hp. Average consumption is not exceptional, but it doesn’t scream loud either. The advantages lie elsewhere: comfort, soundproofing, equipment provided, a good sound system if Sony can handle it. In any case, it’s a tough traveler at affordable prices in the market. And overall reliability is good.
Financial strength: 10
True Strength: 180
CO2 emissions: 134g/km