Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Ford Mondeo HEV (Hybrid) First Drive Review

Ford Mondeo Hybrid

    The new Ford Mondeo Hybrid in Vignale trim

Ford Ireland has bitten the bullet and decided to import the Ford Mondeo HEV (Hybrid) into Ireland. The timing is perfect just as hybrid sales begin to show growth and the Irish start to come around to the idea that it’s time to start preparing for the all-electric future that lies on the horizon. The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is another car that will help motorists bridge the changing motoring landscape. The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is a petrol electric hybrid (no plugs) and claims to sip fuel with C02 emissions as low as 89g/km. Let’s see shall we? I recently checked out Ford’s first hybrid model for Ireland at none other than the Luas Depot in Dublin, the HQ of Dublin’s all-electric tram network.

Styling

There are no ‘odd’ bits to the Mondeo Hybrid, in fact it’s a rather handsome beast especially in Vignale trim with larger wheels and chrome detail. It helps that the Mondeo HEV is sold as a four door saloon only in Ireland. The Mondeo hatchback has pretty much taken over in Ireland, but the saloon has a lot of class and grandeur to it.

Interior

The interior of the Ford Mondeo is starting to look a little tired but the HEV does come well-equipped so there are plenty of creature comforts on board making it a great long distance cruiser. Infotainment is provided via the SYNC 3 system with 8” touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The instrument panel has a digital element with unique information displayed about the hybrid system. You can also view the power flow between the electric motor and the engine from the touchscreen.

The interior of the Ford Mondeo Hybrid
The interior of the Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Practicality

The Mondeo Hybrid will seat five and inside it’s still a large and comfortable space for driver and passengers. Unfortunately boot space is down to about 386 litres in the hybrid because of the battery on board. There’s also an awkward ‘step’ in the boot and the saloon opening is naturally not the most practical. But I am reliably informed that a set of golf clubs will fit in there!

Power

The Ford Mondeo Hybrid combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 187bhp. Power is fed to the road through a CVT automatic gearbox. 0 to 100kmh is 9.2 seconds.

On the road

The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is quiet on the move and slips between electric and petrol power in order to optimise efficiency. Hybrids are best when driven with a calm right foot; the Mondeo HEV is no different. The revs get raucous if you give the accelerator too much welly, typical of CVT driven powertrains. Yet there is power there when you need it, so overtaking and joining the motorway is not a problem. The Mondeo Hybrid is nice to drive, comfortable and agile with the well-weighted steering of its petrol and diesel counterparts. It’s properly efficient too: on a 40 minute run up and down the motorway, and a small bit of slower urban driving, I averaged 4.7l/100km.

Equipment

In Ireland the Ford Mondeo is offered in two trims: Titanium and an upscale Vignale model. Equipment on Titanium models includes 16” alloy wheels, SYNC 3 with 8” touchscreen, keyless start and entry, sports seats, rain sensing windscreen wipers, traffic sign recognition, ambient lighting, high series instrument cluster display and parking sensors front and rear. Vignale adds 18" alloy wheels, metallic paint, rear view camera and adaptive LED daytime running lights.

Ford Mondeo Hybrid
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is an efficient new option for fleet drivers and lovers of large saloons

Pricing

The Mondeo HEV Titanium is available from €32,745 (including a promotional launch discount and VRT rebate). The Vignale model is available from €35,280 making it quite the bargain over an equivalent Mondeo diesel.

Verdict

The Ford Mondeo HEV adds a flash of modernity to the Mondeo and indeed the whole Ford range in Ireland. The Mondeo itself is starting to age and is looking a bit tired inside, but it’s still a very popular choice in its segment. The Mondeo Hybrid will give fleet buyers and lovers of large saloons something to think about because it is well-specced and well-priced. But most pleasing it that the Mondeo Hybrid also has the potential to deliver some great economy figures.

Caroline Kidd


Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Ford Mondeo Hybrid On The Way To Ireland

Ford Ireland is adding its first Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) car to its line up with the arrival of the new Ford Mondeo HEV in January 2018.

Available now to order, the new Mondeo HEV will be offered as a saloon with a 2.0 litre 187hp automatic transmission petrol powertrain.

The car will be available in either Titanium trim or as an upscale Vignale model.

The new Mondeo Hybrid is priced from €34,895 but when a promotional launch discount and VRT rebate is included, customers will be able to get into a new Mondeo HEV for approximately €31,500 for a limited period.

Similar to other HEV models, the energy for the electric motor comes from the petrol engine and from regenerative braking where the energy generated by braking recharges the battery.  The claimed fuel economy for the Mondeo HEV is 3.8l/100km.

“We are delighted to be introducing the Mondeo HEV to the Irish market.  With its legions of fans in Ireland, Mondeo is such a great model to offer with HEV capability,” said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland.  “We are sure that Mondeo HEV will meet the needs of customers who are looking for a more environmentally-friendly car but who do not want to compromise on space, driving dynamics, driving range and comfort”.

Ford Mondeo Hybrid
The Mondeo Hybrid is the first Ford hybrid to go on sale in Ireland

McMahon pointed out that the demand for electric and partial-electric cars in Ireland is on an upward slant accounting for 4.1% of new car registrations this year. Hybrid Electric Vehicles are the most popular of the ‘electric’ models available as they neatly bridge the gap between traditional internal combustion engines and electric motors without the ‘range anxiety’ that some motorists feel in relation to ‘full electric’ vehicles.

“The arrival of Mondeo HEV in Ireland is the first step in a progressive Electric Vehicle (EV) development plan for Ford that will see seven new full or partial EVs hit the streets of Europe and North America by 2020, including a hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque; and two new, pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicles for North America”.

“Thanks in part to a significant VRT rebate, Mondeo HEV starting price will be in the region of €31,500 for the Titanium model with a ‘walk up’ of a little over €2,000 to the top of the range fully loaded Vignale model. This all makes for a very competitive and attractive package with the proven safety and the great driving dynamics of the much loved Ford Mondeo.”

Full detail on range and specification will be available when the Ford Mondeo Hybrid arrives in Ireland in early 2018.

Caroline Kidd


opel insignia ford mondeo comparison test ireland

Opel Insignia vs. Ford Mondeo

opel insignia ford mondeo comparison test ireland
Opel Insignia or Ford Mondeo?

Big cars like the Opel Insignia and Ford Mondeo make great motorway companions for daily commutes, and also work well as family cars – big boots, spacious, comfortable interiors and lots of convenience features and equipment to make a journey on board a pleasant one.

Basics

The Insignia is available to buy in Ireland as a saloon, hatchback or estate (‘Sports Tourer’).  The Mondeo is available as a hatchback or estate. The Opel Insignia currently on sale was launched back in 2009, but was updated in 2013. The Ford Mondeo currently on sale here is a new model that arrived in late 2014. The Ford Mondeo is the current holder of the title of Continental Irish Car Of The Year 2016.

Trims and Pricing

The Opel Insignia comes in five trim levels: S (from €24,995), SC (from €26,895), SE (from €28,850), SRi (from €30,350) and Elite (from €33,550).

The Ford Mondeo is available in Zetec (from €28,845) and Titanium (from €31,445) trim.

Opel Insignia Ireland comparison test
The Opel Insignia

Engines

Two diesel engines are available for the Opel Insignia: a 1.6-litre CDTi (136PS) and a 2.0-litre CDTi (170PS). Diesels start at €27,295. The diesels for the Mondeo are similar in their size: there’s a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel (150PS or 180PS), a 1.6-litre TDCi (115PS) and 1.5-litre TDCi (120PS). The 1.5-litre is a newer engine and the 1.6-litre is being phased out. Diesel models start at €28,845.

Traditionally diesel dominates in this segment but both the Mondeo and the Insignia have a petrol option. For the Insignia, that’s a 1.4-litre turbo unit (140PS) with pricing from €24,995. The Mondeo has a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit (160PS) from €32,420.

Options: The Mondeo is available with a six speed manual gearbox or a six speed ‘Powershift’ double clutch automatic gearbox. The Mondeo has always been a front wheel drive car but new for 2016 is the option of all-wheel drive (AWD).  The Insignia is front wheel drive only with no four wheel drive option.

Design

Both cars have an impressive presence. The entry Mondeo has 16” alloys as standard and chrome finished grille, but Titanium models look a bit more premium with a chrome belt line finisher and 17” alloys. The Insignia comes as standard with LED daytime running lights and 17” alloys, but SC and above add a chrome belt line finisher for a more premium look. SE adds 18” alloys. SRi is the one to go for if you love a sporty look because it has a body kit and special 18” alloys.

There are 10 exterior colours to choose from for the Mondeo including the vibrant Ruby Red and Deep Impact Blue, and more subtle hues like Magnetic grey, Moondust Silver and Shadow Black. There are a total of 12 colours available for the Insignia from sporty Power Red and Summit White, to classy shades like Macademia brown, Carbon Flash black and Sovereign Silver.

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Opel Insignia Interior

Equipment

Standard spec on the Insignia includes air con, cruise control, leather covered steering wheel, electric parking brake, AM/FM radio, CD player, USB, aux in audio connection, 4.2” colour screen, LED daytime running lights, 17” alloys, electric front windows and mirrors, tyre inflation kit and hill start assist. Standard spec on the Mondeo includes front fog lamps, dual zone climate control, cruise control, leather covered steering wheel, electric parking brake, AM/FM/DAB (digital) radio, CD player, USB, aux in audio connection, 4.2” colour screen, Bluetooth, halogen daytime running lights, 16” alloys, four electric windows and electric mirrors, space saver spare wheel, quickclear heated windscreen and hill start assist.

The SC trim for the Insignia adds climate control and the Intellilink infotainment system that includes an 8” colour touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth connection, digital radio. SE adds Opel OnStar (automatic crash response, Wi-Fi hotspot, destination download to sat nav, smartphone app, stolen vehicle assistance, and remote vehicle diagnostics).

Titanium trim for the Mondeo adds keyless start and entry, lane keeping aid, traffic sign recognition, Ford Sync 3 with voice control and 8” touchscreen, front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, ambient lighting and auto dimming mirror.

Ford Mondeo Ireland comparison test
Ford Mondeo Interior

Interior

The Insignia is the nicer of the two, just feeling that little bit classier and better designed. The Mondeo’s interior is easy enough to navigate around and the Sync infotainment touchscreen looks well in the centre of the dash, though it’s not standard on the Zetec model. Opel’s version is called Intellilink and it’s standard from SC grade. Both cabins are comfortable and come with good levels of standard equipment for convenience, with the option of adding even more comfort features such as heated seats, driving aids and parking aids.

Space and Practicality

Both cars have seating for five and feel large and spacious inside, with good legroom in the rear. The Insignia’s stylish sloping rear roofline impedes a bit on rear headroom but that’s only an issue for tall passengers. The Insignia in hatchback form has 530 litres of boot space, the saloon has 500 litres and the estate ‘Sports Tourer’ has 540 litres. The Mondeo hatchback has 541 litres of boot space, while the estate had just 500 litres.

Running Costs

For the Insignia, CO2 emissions vary across the range from just 99g to 147g. The 1.6-litre diesel (136PS) is the most efficient in the range returning up to 74.3mpg. CO2 emissions across the Mondeo range vary from 104g to 137g. The 1.5-litre diesel (120PS) is the most efficient, returning up to 71mpg.

Ford Mondeo ireland comparison test
The Ford Mondeo

On The Road

These cars are both ideal for long journeys with comfortable, compliant suspensions that smooth out the road ahead. The Mondeo is a sharper and more exciting car to drive when you get off the motorway. It feels more agile than the Insignia and the steering gives the driver more feedback for a fun and sporty drive. Sound insulation is very good in both, and only on larger wheels does the Insignia feel like the less refined of the two due to more road noise.

Read the individual reviews to find out more about how these cars perform on the road:

Opel Insignia 2.0-litre CDTi 170PS (hatchback)

Ford Mondeo 1.6-litre TDCi 115PS (hatchback)

Ford Mondeo 2.0-litre TDCi 150PS (estate)

Caroline Kidd


Ford Mondeo AWD ireland

Ford Ireland Launch Further All Wheel Drive Options

You can now buy a Ford Mondeo, S-MAX. and Galaxy with all wheel drive. This ‘intelligent’ new system can help drivers tackle off-road terrain, improve grip on slippery roads, and even optimise performance for track driving.

At a test drive event in Mondello Park, Ford Ireland demonstrated how the new ‘Intelligent All Wheel Drive’ (AWD) system improves traction on models such as the Mondeo and S-MAX..

When equipped, this new system delivers a seamless transition of torque between all four wheels to provide a more secure footing on the road especially in slippery conditions. Intelligent All Wheel Drive measures how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface and can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds – twenty times quicker than it takes to blink. By only delivering torque where and when it is needed, Intelligent All Wheel Drive has minimal impact on fuel-efficiency and CO2 emissions compared with permanent four wheel drive systems.

Ford now offers 8 out of 17 vehicle lines in Europe with all wheel drive or four wheel drive technologies, compared to just three models in 2012. Models include the Focus RS high-performance hatchback, the Ranger pick-up, new Ford Edge and Kuga SUVs, Mondeo range including Vignale, Galaxy and S-MAX. The Ford Transit also features a unique Intelligent All Wheel Drive system, offering class-leading traction and dynamics and featuring a selectable all wheel drive lock mode for optimised grip in extreme conditions.

The company expects to sell 139,000 all wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles across Europe in 2016 – a 120% increase compared to 2014.

The new Mondeo AWD range starts from €34,895 for Zetec 5-door AWD 2.0 litre TDCi 150PS from (€31,695 for similar FWD model). S-Max AWD range starts from €42,185 for Zetec 5-door AWD 2.0 litre TDCi 150PS (from €38,985 for similar FWD model). Galaxy AWD range starts from €45,285 for Zetec 5-door AWD 2.0 litre TDCi 150PS (from €42,085 for similar FWD model).

Caroline Kidd


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Ford Mondeo Review Irish Car of The Year 2016
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