There’s no mystery in the positioning of the Mondeo, this new model mostly following on from where its aggressively priced predecessor left off.

Probably the most succinct way to summarise the already expansive range would be to point out that, for now, at the entry level, you can have a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport for a little less than the starting price of a Mondeo hatchback, but not a Volkswagen Passat, a Hyundai i40 or a Skoda Superb. 

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Residual values for the Mondeo aren't great; the gap to a Passat or Mazda 6 is quite big

Spending just under £22k for Zetec Edition trim gets you a good level of equipment as standard – but is restricted to the lower-powered diesel engines or the 1.5-litre petrol.

Mid-level ST-Line spec adds the 2.0 TDCi 180 to the menu, however, with its luxury offering of a leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats being offered on Titanium models for a premium of just £1950, will prove a popular option in the UK.

As will the estate, which is a £1500 step up no matter which trim level you choose. At £25,645, the list price of our test car is predictably competitive against its rivals (proving, again, slightly more costly than an equivalent Insignia Sports Tourer while offering a comfortable saving over a Passat GT estate). 

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On emissions, the business user’s barometer, the 2.0 TDCi’s CO2 output of 112g/km is competitive but hardly class-leading. Others, not least Vauxhall, do better here with similar outputs. Mondeo buyers chiefly concerned with the impact on their P11d will have to content themselves with the smallest oil-burner.

Likewise those keen to avoid fuel stations, as only the 1.5-litre diesel comes with a 70mpg-plus claim. Our test car’s 62.8mpg combined figure became 53.3mpg when subjected to our new True MPG treatment.

Most of Titanium spec's extras we could live without, so have a Zetec, on optional 17s if you must. Powershift gearboxes give poorer acceleration and CO2 performance, so avoid. Likewise the long-geared Econetic versions.

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