The ride is far more impressive. On its standard 16-inch wheels, the Mondeo Zetec deals with speed bumps brilliantly, while it smoothes out patchy asphalt and expansion joints well at all speeds. The cabin is a peaceful place in which to spend time, with very little road or wind noise intruding even up at motorway speeds.
The boot is suitably large, with an official 525 litres of load space with the rear seats in place. On paper that's less luggage capacity than you get in the rival VW Golf estate, but in reality the Mondeo’s boot is longer and wider, if not quite as tall.
Better still, the floor of the Mondeo's boot lies flush with the boot aperture, meaning there’s no lip to negotiate when you’re lifting things in and out. Folding down the rear seats leaves a totally flat extended load bay, with a Golf-beating 1630 litres of space.
It's just a pity that you can only drop the rear seats by pulling levers next to the headrests from inside the rear cabin; there are no handles in the boot compartment or spring-loaded seatbacks to make life easier when your arms are full of stuff.
This Mondeo is one of the longest cars in its class, so there is loads of rear legroom. Carrying three in the back is also relatively easy, thanks to the car’s broad cabin. There’s considerably more rear headroom than in the hatchback version, too, and even tall adults will fit comfortably.
The centre of the dashboard is dominated by a new 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, which controls most of the car's multimedia functions. It’s undoubtedly a big improvement on the outdated system in the old Mondeo, but even so it’s often slow to respond to inputs and the menus could be more intuitive. DAB is standard on all trims, but sat-nav costs £300 on Zetec trim, although it's standard with Titanium spec and above.