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 vs Ford Mondeo

Opel Insignia vs Ford Mondeo (2016 Review)

In this comparison review, it's the 2016 Opel Insignia vs 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. They have big boots, spacious, comfortable interiors and lots of convenience features and equipment to make a journey on board a pleasant one.

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.

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.

The first generation Opel Insignia (2009-2017)
The first generation Opel Insignia (2009-2017)

What are my options?

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.

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. There are also more subtle hues like Magnetic grey, Moondust Silver and Shadow Black. There are a total of 12 colours available for the Insignia. Choose from sporty Power Red and Summit White, to classy shades like Macademia brown, Carbon Flash black and Sovereign Silver.

opel insignia irish review
Opel Insignia Interior

Equipment on Opel Insignia vs Ford Mondeo

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.

The interior of the 2015 Ford Mondeo Estate
The interior of the 2015 Ford Mondeo

Which car has the best 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. 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. There is the option of adding even more comfort features such as heated seats, driving aids and parking aids.

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.

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.

The 2015 Ford Mondeo
The 2015 Ford Mondeo

Opel Insignia vs Ford Mondeo: And the verdict?

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 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.

The Ford All Wheel Drive range in Ireland

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).

Have a read of our Ford Edge Review.

Caroline Kidd


The 2015 Ford Mondeo

Ford Mondeo Irish Car Of The Year 2016 Review

The 2015 Ford Mondeo
The 2015 Ford Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo has been awarded the prestigious title of Continental Irish Car Of The Year 2016 by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association (IMWA).

I drove the Ford Mondeo Estate and Hatchback earlier this year, but it’s the Hatchback that’s the subject of my review here. I also made a video earlier in the year, and now seems like the perfect time to publish it on the back of the Irish Car Of The Year Awards.

But before you watch the video, first let’s talk about our winning car.

The Ford Mondeo has been around for years, has won three Irish Car Of The Year awards and holds a place in popular culture thanks to ‘Mondeo man’.

Yet in recent years, like most of its compatriots, the Ford Mondeo has been under pressure from trendy newcomers that go under the title of ‘crossover’ or ‘SUV’ and even ‘MPV’ (the shame).

But sometimes it’s old timers like the Mondeo who have it right all along, and the new Mondeo that arrived here in late 2014 is arguably more desirable now than it’s ever been in its long illustrious past.

What's new for the 2015 Ford Mondeo?

Though the new Mondeo is all-new from the ground up, the profile has changed very little. But it’s the changes at the front that lift the Mondeo into a new dimension. I may have been a little critical of Ford’s new wide old gaping grille at first but having driven most of the current facelifted range – Fiesta, Focus and now Mondeo – and gauged the reaction, both my own and that of the public, I can tell you that it’s the best design move Ford has done in years. The Mondeo goes from a nobody into a somebody in one fell swoop. Bravo Ford!

The interior is new too and while it’s an improvement on the old car – more stylish, improved quality, updated infotainment - it’s probably the Mondeo’s weakest link too. It just doesn’t feel as premium or stylish inside as the Volkswagen Passat.

Ford Mondeo Interior
The interior of the 2015 Ford Mondeo

There are three trim levels for the Mondeo on the Irish market: Style, Zetec and Titanium. While Style models keep the cost down (range starts at €27,645), they do without alloy wheels and cruise control. Ford’s new Sync 2 infotainment system with touchscreen and voice control is standard on top spec Titanium models, along with keyless entry and start, lane departure warning system, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, parking sensors, ambient lighting and 17” alloy wheels.

For an extra €200 you can opt for inflatable rear seatbelts that reduce the risk of severe head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers in a collision. The cabin and boot space are not class-leading, but still very comfortable and accommodating.

What are my options?

There’s a range of engines available for the new Mondeo, and the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox. An entry level 1.6-litre TDCi (115bhp) diesel provides a lower price point into the Mondeo range. Yet it doesn’t feel underpowered and will return 67mpg - marginally better economy than a more powerful 2.0-litre (150bhp) diesel. Rounding up the range is a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost (160bhp) petrol. But diesel tends to be the big seller in this segment.

The Ford Mondeo is a popular used car buy
The Ford Mondeo is a popular used car buy

On the road in the Mondeo 1.6-litre diesel you won’t feel the same big punch of torque when you accelerate as you do in the larger diesel. But there is still enough power for comfortable overtaking. The refinement is really impressive, and the Mondeo wafts along with minimal intrusion from wind, road and engine noise. Combined with superb grip, body control and steering, the Mondeo offers a premium and exciting driving experience. It's remarkably agile and feels like a car half its size going around a corner. The quick, precise steering and elastic body control makes the Mondeo a fun drive down a country road.  Where others would crumble, the Mondeo just gives you that extra bit of confidence behind the wheel to squeeze a bit more performance from the car. You'll feel like a better driver than what you actually are. What’s not to love?

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The heyday for big cars like the Mondeo, Passat et al. may be over with the fashion for SUVs and crossovers, but make no mistake, the Mondeo is a fine example of the genre.

Model Tested: Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi Titanium Hatchback
Price: 
€31,645 (Range starts at €27,645)
Engine: 
1.6-litre four cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 
115bhp
0-100km/h:
12.1 seconds
Economy: 
67.3mpg
CO2 Emissions: 
109g/km
Motor Tax: 
€190 per year

Caroline Kidd


The Ford Mondeo Estate from 2015

Ford Mondeo Estate (2015) Review

The Ford Mondeo is back with a new look, new interior, more technology, and being all new from the ground up, it should be even better to drive than before.

Here I test drive the new Mondeo in estate format (or Wagon as Ford refer to it as). The estate is a great option if you need a more practical boot than what the Mondeo hatchback offers, or if you like the looks and image that goes with an estate car.

Scroll down for the review or watch a video of the new Ford Mondeo estate:

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The first thing that gets you with the new Mondeo is the new trapezoid grille – it’s mightily impressive and gives the car a real premium presence. The silhouette is beautifully sleek, while new tail lights at the rear finish things off nicely. The silver roof rails add to the trendy lifestyle image.

Inside the 2015 Ford Mondeo Estate

Inside, the interior of the new Mondeo has gone upmarket with a new centre console design and a visible improvement in the quality of the materials used. It's usurped by arch rival, the Volkswagen Passat, in terms of quality and aesthetics; still it’s very comfortable behind the wheel and everything is at hand. A new Sync 2 infotainment system ramps things up a notch for the Mondeo, as does the digital element to the instrument dials, and other great tech on board my Titanium trimmed car, like a lane departure warning system and traffic sign recognition.

The Mondeo estate is very spacious inside and rear seat passengers can really stretch their legs out. There is more rear headroom in the estate compared to the hatchback. But this is an estate car so it’s all about the boot space. The boot is actually slightly larger in the hatchback at 541 litres vs 500 litres in the estate.

The interior of the 2015 Ford Mondeo Estate
The interior of the 2015 Ford Mondeo Estate

But the boot in the estate has a much more practical shape, with great width and depth, which makes it a winner if you have a lot of stuff to carry around regularly. The estate version trumps the hatchback in terms of capacity when you let the rear seats down – 1605 litres vs 1437 litres in the hatchback.

On the road in the 2015 Ford Mondeo Estate

Did you think an estate car would be dull and boring to drive? Well the Mondeo estate will banish any of those thoughts as soon as you slip behind the wheel.

Despite my test car weighing just over a tonne and a half, it feels agile and light on its feet (or should that be wheels?).  It’s not a labour to drive it – it’s actually quite a thrill. The Mondeo grips the road so well and there is no real wallow of its body weight in the corners.

My only niggle, and it’s a small one, was that I became aware that the steering was a tad light at speed, I would like a bit more heft to it to enhance that connected to the road feel.

It’s poised and controlled on the motorway, a country road or in town – I think you can throw anything at the Mondeo and it won’t let you down. The sound insulation has also been improved, which does a good job of isolating you from road, wind and engine noise.

There are three engine choices for the new Mondeo – a 1.6 litre diesel with 113 bhp, a 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol with 158 bhp, and a 2.0 litre diesel with 148 bhp. There’s an option of an automatic gearbox with the 2.0 litre diesel and that’s the car I was driving.

Ford’s Powershift automatic transmission is a dual clutch system, so essentially there are two clutches: one looks after even gears, and the other looks after the odd gears. This makes the gear changes that bit quicker and smoother.

The Ford Mondeo Estate is an excellent buy!
The Ford Mondeo Estate is an excellent buy!

Should I choose a Mondeo automatic?

With the automatic gearbox, the 2.0 litre diesel will sprint to 100kmh in 10 seconds. It’s a powerful engine, well up for the job, and refined too; there’s a bit of diesel gurgle when you put your foot down hard on the accelerator, but it’s not unpleasant.

An automatic gearbox is handy but bear in mind that it’s more expensive to buy than the manual version, and the CO2 emissions and mpg are impacted. The 2.0 litre diesel in the Mondeo with the automatic transmission costs €270 to tax and returns up to 59mpg, while the same engine with a manual gearbox will cost €200 to tax per year and return up to 63mpg.

There are three trim levels for the Mondeo on the Irish market – Style, Zetec and Titanium. Zetec and Titanium have most of the goodies with alloy wheels, fog lamps, dual zone climate control, four electric windows and cruise control.

The Titanium model has a little more tech on board, with a digital element to the instrument dials, a lane departure warning system, traffic sign recognition, parking sensors and Sync 2, Ford’s updated infotainment system that comes with an 8” colour touchscreen. My test car had the option added of Ford’s new inflatable rear seatbelts for €200 that inflate in a collision to reduce head, neck and chest injuries in rear seat passengers.

Is the Ford Mondeo Estate a good car?

The Mondeo has gone upmarket with its clean, simple interior, classy looks and lots of great tech on board. The interior does not have the classy finish of a Passat, but it’s still a step up for the Mondeo and the Sync 2 system is definitely worth speccing to improve the overall interior look and functionality.

The Mondeo estate is a great choice if you need a more practical boot than what the hatchback can offer, but still want a really good driver’s car. It’s dynamic and sporty looking too, but that’s not a smokescreen – it’s a genuine fun car to drive with great grip and body control. Despite its size, the Mondeo estate is an easy car to drive and manoeuvre (though parking sensors do help!) and it was this agility that impressed me the most.

The Ford Mondeo Estate from 2015
The Ford Mondeo Estate from 2015

The automatic transmission made this car a dream drive, with smooth, quick shifts and plenty of poke from the 2.0 litre diesel to pick up speed seamlessly.

So to sum up the new Ford Mondeo Wagon Automatic: it’s the automatic for the people!

Caroline Kidd

Model Tested: Ford Mondeo Wagon 2.0 TDCi Titanium Automatic
Price: 
€37,795 (Range starts at €27,645)
Engine: 
2.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 
148bhp
0-100km/h:  
10 seconds
Economy: 
59mpg (4.8l/100km)
CO2 Emissions:  
128g/km
Motor Tax: 
€270 per year