However, as it was primarily built to satisfy a continent where the description ‘full size’ applies as much to lifestyle choice as it does a vehicle class, the new Mondeo’s ample proportions were never in question.
Where it satisfies less completely is from the most important seat in the house. The dashboard, with a huge, well ordered centre console, has taken a leap forward on layout and incorporates Ford’s latest Sync 3 system. But while everything makes perfect sense, it is not necessarily a boon to the fingertips or eyeballs.
In too many places, the Mondeo’s dull matt plastics and Lego-block aesthetic make its Stateside positioning clear. This is a car intended to see off Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan, not face off with premium marques, nor even, worryingly, Volkswagen.
That small shortfall in perceived quality won’t do much damage to the UK’s core Mondeo buyer base, but those flitting between old-fashioned and new premium-brand large family cars have been given one reason less to return to the Blue Oval.
Ford’s ‘Sync 3’ touchscreen multimedia set-up is fitted to every Mondeo trim level, but there is no auxiliary controller on the centre console to marshal it — and you do miss one at first. Navigating the touchscreen functions takes some getting used to, but there are permanent shortcut keys in the corners of the 8.0in screen, making life a little easier.
That the system itself isn't as quick to respond to your inputs as others in this field is a bit frustrating. The voice control programming for the sat-nav works quite well, however, although the mapping is only averagely clear and detailed. When Ford upgraded its infotainment system from Sync 2 to Sync 3, Ford ensure it upped the ante with its system, and included smartphone integration, pinch-to-zoom gestures, 3D mapping and autocorrection when typing in locations.
As for the trims themselves, Ford has simplified the range from seven core trims to five - Zetec Edition, ST-Line, Titanium Edition, ST-Line Editon and Vignale. Entry-level Zetec Edition models come with 17in alloy wheels, projector headlights, LED rear lights, parking sensors, cruise control, electrically folding wing mirrors and a Quickclear heated front windscreen included as standard. Inside Ford's family car you'll find dual-zone climate control, an electric parking brake, leather wrapped steering wheel and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system complete with DAB radio, sat nav, Bluetooth and smartphone integration.
Upgrade to ST-Line and the Mondeo gains a sportier look thanks to its 18in alloy wheels, bodykit, gloss black exterior trim, sports suspension, front sports seats, alloy pedals and a dark headliner. Also there is keyless ignition, premium velour floor mats and ambient interior lighting thrown into the package. Bulking out the middle-of-the-range now is the Titanium Edition trim which includes 18in alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry and ignition, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, a leather upholstery, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition over the Zetec Edition models.
Above Titanium is the ST-Line Edition trim, which sees the Mondeo adorn 19in alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit and suspension, tinted rear windows and red interior stitching, while losing the electrically adjustable passenger seat and only receiving a part-leather upholstery. Topping the range is Ford's luxury brand trim - Vignale, which originally was fitted to the Mondeo before funnelling slowly down to the Kuga, S-Max, Edge and Fiesta. Opting for the range-topping Mondeo will see you get all the equipment found on a Titanium Edition trimmed model, plus 19in alloy wheels, LED headlights, tinted rear windows, a handsfree powered tailgate, a premium leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, rear view camera and a Sony audio system.