Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2015 Ford Mondeo Trend.
The 2015 Ford Mondeo range is a genuine contender in the mid-size car market.
For all intents and purposes the same car as the Mondeo Ambiente, the Trend grade of Mondeo is priced from $37,290 for the petrol, $40,490 for the diesel.
Once again my preference is the petrol-powered version. Delivering 149kW and 345Nm the petrol engine provides better acceleration from a standing start and has enough grunt to cover most hills without trouble.
Expect to use about 9.5L/100km if driving in built-up areas, highway consumption should come in as low as 6.5L/100km.
Yes the diesel has more torque (400Nm) and uses less fuel (combined 5.3L/100km), but that engine stop/start system that I covered in depth in the Mondeo Titanium review certainly took some of the shine off.
The initial purchase price of the diesel versions of the 2015 Ford Mondeo are also up to $4,000 more!
The mid-spec Ford Mondeo Trend, while being approximately $4,500 more than the base model Ambiente, offers a number of extra standard features, including;
Reverse camera (not available in Mondeo Ambiente)
Forward low speed collision mitigation
Front and rear parking sensors
Distance control cruise control
Electric front seats
Heated front seats
My test car also had one of the optional Prestige Paint colours – a $450 option.
Summing it up; the new Ford Mondeo is an attractive, well-built and easy to live with mid-size offering.
Boasting generally a quite roomy cabin, tight and well-balanced chassis, and better than average interior quality and design make it well worth a test drive.
The low and chunky ‘A’ pillars for front passenger and driver access into the cabin (an issue across all variants), lack of passenger seat height adjustment in the Mondeo Ambiente, and the diesel engines stop/start system being my only real complaints across the range.
The Trend grade of the new Ford Mondeo would be my pick as it is almost as well fitted-out as the Titanium grade, but a fair bit cheaper. Thus the mid-spec model offers the best of both worlds with genuinely competitive pricing too.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Ford Mondeo Trend hatch
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 149kW and 345Nm or 2.0 litre turbo-diesel producing 132kW and 400Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $37,290