The Mondeo’s reputation for handling finesse precedes it by such a distance that the industry would once have expected a new version to earn unfettered praise for its dynamics, although some will have sniffily discounted that notion on learning about the car’s American connection.
The Blue Oval has already proved that it can make One Ford products that handle well on European roads. It has made another one here in the Mondeo, and yet it may not have made quite the vivacious repmobile you were expecting.
On the motorways and trunk roads where they’ll become so common, the Mondeo handles remarkably well. Mixing tautness with just enough supple give, the suspension tune feels tailor-made for a typical 70-80mph gait.
The ride is expertly tuned as well as quiet and should make the Mondeo as comfortable over long-distance and daily use as almost any premium-brand saloon save the very best. That emphasis on comfort gives the Ford a mature, laid-back demeanour entirely appropriate for cars that’ll do tens of thousands of miles a year for their owners.
That the handling feels only moderately sporting would hardly be worth a mention if this wasn’t a Mondeo. But this big Ford feels its size on all roads and at all times and fails to disguise its bulk as cleverly as its predecessors.