Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the entry-level Ford Mondeo.
After getting a look at the flagship Ford Mondeo Titanium last week I take things down a notch here with the entry-level Ford Mondeo Ambiente.
Available as both a wagon and five-door hatch the 2015 Ford Mondeo Ambiente is priced from $32,790 and if you want a diesel model you can add an additional $4,000. The wagon version starts from $34,640.
My test car was fitted with the 2.0 litre turbo-charged EcoBoost petrol engine which gives you a healthy 149kW of power and 345Nm of torque. Compared to the diesel, the petrol engine gets the Mondeo moving off the line better, but doesn’t quite have the hill-climbing or touring capacity of the diesel.
Around town the petrol engine is indisputably easier to live with. It doesn’t have that intrusive engine stop/start system that the diesel has (check out my disappointment in this system in the Mondeo Titanium review) and with zippier acceleration too it’s much more enjoyable.
The trade-off though is higher fuel consumption. I averaged 9.4L/100km in my week of mixed city, highway and country driving. The official claimed combined consumption for the petrol Mondeo is 8.2L/100km.
The new Ford Mondeo only comes with an auto transmission and I thought the six-speed unit fitted to the petrol engine changed gears just as nicely as that found in the diesel. It also seemed faster to select Drive or Reverse than the diesel.
Being a base model vehicle the Mondeo Ambiente comes with higher profile 60 Series tyres and this, despite not having suspension setting adjustments as the Titanium has, means a better ride.
I thought the Mondeo hatch also performed quite well in the corners and again Ford seems to have really got the chassis pretty much just right on this new model.
Inside the cabin, first of all the lack of a sunroof helped solve some of the low roof issues I found in the Mondeo Titanium wagon. Though those sweeping ‘A’ pillars are likely to lead to the odd ‘head bump’ if you aren’t careful when getting in and out (for taller people anyway!).
My partner, who would be around average Australian female height, felt like she was sitting on the floor in the passenger seat and with no height adjustment on the seat, never quite felt comfortable.
The seats though are comfortable enough and the Mondeo hatch provides a respectable amount of legroom front and back.
Everything fits really well and the cabin, even in this grade, has a nice feel to it. The Mondeo is also acceptably quiet, the petrol engine version particularly.
Standard features on the Ambiente grade of the Ford Mondeo include tilt and reach steering adjustment, digital radio, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry (traditional key ignition), cruise control and sat-nav.
Unfortunately a reverse camera isn’t available on this grade of Mondeo, though the feature is standard on the upper-spec Trend and Titanium models.
Boot space in the new Mondeo hatch is particularly long, though the sweeping tail-gate means there isn’t a lot of usable space for taller objects.
The entire Ford Mondeo range boasts a five star safety rating.
Summing it up; the new Ford Mondeo is an impressive mid-sized offering. Without those two or three complaints that I had about the Titanium/diesel version and with a price below $33,000 I came away from the Mondeo Ambiente much more satisfied.
It’s a good package and with a willing and economical enough turbo-charged petrol engine under the bonnet the new Ford Mondeo is a vehicle that should satisfy all-comers.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Ford Mondeo Ambiente hatch
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 149kW and 345Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $32,790