Test Drive: Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 4×4 Titanium image

After taking the new Ford Mondeo for a spin last year, during the launch event of the car, we now had the chance to test the new 2.0 TDCi 4×4 Titanium version of the car. This has its ups and downs and if Ford says that customers actually demanded a four-wheel drive version of the model, this isn’t really a best-seller and it’s not hard to figure it out why.

The fourth generation of the midsized vehicle (CD391) has been offered for sale starting with 2014. The model is put together in Almussafes, Valencia, Spain, and it’s being offered in a four-door sedan, a 5-door liftback and a 5-door estate body styles, riding on the Ford CD4 platform. The model is known as the Fusion over-seas and it’s closely related to the Lincoln MKZ. It’s being offered with a choice of four petrol engines, five diesel burners and a hybrid, connected to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Engine and Transmission

The test car came with the 2.0-liter TDCi diesel engine under its hood, in the entry-level variant for this unit, meaning 150 HP at 3,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque, available at 2,000 rpm. This may seem quite good for a family car, especially in Europe, where taxes are hitting the roof for larger engines, but the truth is that the Mondeo, in this configuration, seems underpowered. Perhaps is massive body has something to do with this so if you are looking for a diesel engine, we highly suggest turning your head towards the range-topping variant, the 210 HP 2.0L.
Don’t even think about choosing the 1.6L with 115 HP or the 1.5L with 120 HP because you don’t need to do that. We won’t even start talking about the award-winning 1.0L EcoBoost, with its 125 HP, or the 1.5L EcoBoost with the 160 HP, because you obviously want to make your life better. If petrol units are what you are interested in, than we can suggest the 2.0L one, with its 203 HP, which is more than enough to get you from A to B in no time, but you may also want to check the top-of-the-line 240 HP unit as well, which is probably the best choice for the new Mondeo.
Our car came in the four-wheel drive configuration. Don’t worry because this isn’t permanent but you cannot turn it off either. In fact, this works exactly like the one in the Kuga, sending power to the rear wheels when this is necessary. You may find out that fuel consumption is not that good, mainly because of this, but don’t expect to be shocked. Power was being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission which works just like it should, so no complaints in this department, but you may want to check out the 6-speed automatic as well, because this suits the family cruiser even better.

Fuel Consumption

There are some huge differences between the official fuel consumption figures and what we’ve obtained during our test drive, but keep in mind that the car came with only 600 km on the odometer, so the fact that it was brand new affected these. Ford says that in the city, the Mondeo 4×4 2.0L TDCi 150 HP should eat approximately 5.6 liters of fuel every 100 km and on the highway this should indicate 4.5 L / 100 km. Things couldn’t be more different in the real world where the trip computer refused to drop below the 8.5L / 100km mark in urban cruising and achieving 6L / 100km extra urban proved to be nearly impossible.
At normal driving speeds, don’t act too surprised but your car will eat about 10L / 100km in the city, which isn’t that good for a model made in 2015 and equipped with a diesel engine and a manual gearbox, so we can only imagine what the fuel consumption for the manual might be. At legal highway speeds, the trip computer will indicate an average of 8.0L / 100km, but, as we’ve mentioned above, the car was brand new and this was a major factor in affecting these figures.

The Ride

Just like we’ve found out in our previous review of the new Ford Mondeo, in which we’ve had the chance to test all models, except for the 4×4, the midsized car is surprisingly comfortable. No one can really complain about the Mondeo because the previous generation, and the one before that, were good as well, so the newer model makes no exception from this rule. The steering is precise and thanks to the systems offered by Ford it will keep you safe at high and low speeds as well, the brakes work just like they should and the overall handling might make you want to drive it on a local track for a few times, to see what it’s capable of in cornering. And if you do this, you won’t be surprised by the result.
Ford is offering a lot of safety gizmos for the new Mondeo generation. These include the Lane Departure Warning which is working similarly to that of a 3-Series BMW, meaning that the steering wheel will vibrate if you decide to change lanes without using the turn signal first. You also have the Active City Emergency Braking and we also have to mention the Park Assist, which can help you park your car, parallel or perpendicular, at a simple touch of a button. The computers will gain control of the steering wheel and the driver will be told when to shift to reverse, when to accelerate, when to brake and when to shift to the 1st gear (Drive). The feature is also meant to help you leave a tight parking space and the front and rear parking sensors, along with the rearview camera, are a definite “must”.

Interior Design

The model always came with generous space in the cabin and the interior is obviously aimed towards families. The engineers and designers wanted to maximize the space here and its large exterior size came in pretty handy here. There is enough room on the rear seat for 3 adults, including enough head and legroom, and you also get a lot of storage spaces. Cup holders have also been fitted and you also have a place to store your mobile device, even if this has a large display, in front of the gearshift lever, whose sides seem to be inspired from the Toyota Prius, but, again, no reason to complain about that.
As the front seats go, there is more than enough space on them. The driver’s seat is extremely comfortable and it’s offering a lot of adjustable settings, including the side support. Don’t expect anything similar to the 3-Series, because this model is almost twice the price of a similarly equipped Mondeo, and that really doesn’t justify its better quality materials from my point of view. We have to tell you that the seats can be compared to the ones of the Passat, and this really says a lot of the Mondeo, which is now more reliable. Another thing worth mentioning are the rear seatbelts, which have an incorporated airbag, a first in the industry.
The dual-zone climate control works just like it should, except the fact that you can only have a maximum 4 degrees Celsius difference between them. You have heated seats, in three settings, and also a heated steering wheel, which is a “must” if you happen to live in a place where winter kicks in pretty hard. The automatic headlamps are doing their job just like they should and, surprisingly, the rain-sensing wipers actually make sense here. You get the SYNC infotainment system on this version, which is offering various settings starting with the phone connectivity, Bluetooth streaming, USB, CD, navigation system and various settings.
The instrument cluster is digital and it will indicate various info, starting with the trip computer, on the left gauge, and ending with the MPH added in parallel to the KM/H speedometer and the Lane Departure Warning, which can be activated and deactivated by pushing the turn signal indicator inside. The middle of the instrument cluster is providing info for the radio / CD / USB / Bluetooth streaming. I didn’t particularly enjoyed the electric handbrake as I’m not really a fan of those, as I prefer the traditional handbrake lever, but that’s another story. There is also enough space in the trunk to carry a large tree, 5 mid-sized dogs, or several bodies, depending on your “hobby”.

The new Ford Mondeo generation has obtained a maximum 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. This managed to score 86 percent in Adult Occupant, 82 percent in Child Occupant, 66 percent in Pedestrian and 66 percent in Safety Assist. Euro NCAP has tested the Mondeo 2.0 diesel Trend/Wagon.

Likes / Dislikes

Its exterior design definitely goes in the “Likes” part, and so does the spacious well-equipped cabin. The large trunk capacity is in the same category, as well as the engine, which is quiet, and the adaptive headlights, which are a “must-have”. The 4×4 system is basically useless on a D-segment car and you should think twice if you are going to order it. Some plastics in the cabin aren’t that good and we didn’t enjoy the real fuel consumption, but this may have a lot to do with the fact that we were in a brand new car, with only 600 km on the odometer. Other than that, we cannot complain on other features and, the truth is that the new Mondeo is like a decent woman, with her skirt over her knees, a nice blouse and simple makeup on her face. You won’t be whistling at her but she is the one going home to meet your parents, and that really says it all.

Tested Vehicle
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 4×4 Titanium
Engine: 2.0-liter diesel (1,997 cc)
Power: 150 HP (kW) at 3,500 rpm
Torque: 350 Nm (lb-ft) at 2,000 rpm
Transmission: manual, 6-speed
Dimensions: length 4,867 mm, width 1,852 mm, height 1,501 mm
Weight: n/a
Fuel Tank Capacity: 63L
Trunk Capacity: 550L
0-100km/h: 10.5s
Top Speed: 208 km/h
Entry-level – 24,300 EUR
Tested Car – ~45,000 EUR
4.2 / 5