Short drive: Ford Mondeo station wagon

Ford Mondeo station wagon, old virtues in a fashionable dress?

Ford Mondeo 1.5 EcoBoost in the driving report

In the USA, the Ford Fusion, the brother of our Mondeo, has been on the market for three years. Ford took a little time for the premiere in Europe, but it wasn't planned that way. After this delay, the result must be particularly convincing.

Ford Mondeo - You should recognize him by the nose

Ford Mondeo Tournament 04 Driving Report EcoBoost

The fourth generation can now also be “pretty”

A distinctive radiator grille is a “must have” not only for the Ingolstadt designers. The “Chief Designer” Chris Hamilton designed an equally concise nose for the new Mondeo. This makes the Mondeo appear dynamic, sporty and also a little English aristocratic. Well done, you want to call out to the designer whenever you approach the new Mondeo.

1.5 liters are sufficient

The EcoBoost four-cylinder not only has 160 hp, but also 240 Nm. Right from the start, the 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder goes to work without a noticeable moment of thought. Ford put the new Mondeo generation on a diet, but the tournament (the driven station wagon version) is far from being lightweight. With the 1.5 tons of the new Mondeo tournament, however, the 1.5 liter turbo engine does not feel overwhelmed. The new 1.5 liter turbo engine (EcoBoost generation) brings with it a successful compromise between pulling power in the lower rev range and revving.

The first short test drives with the new Mondeo tournament and the equally new 1.5 liter turbo engine do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the fuel consumption. Ford specifies the 160 PS petrol engine, however, with an NEDC average of 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers.

Ford Mondeo Tournament 19 Driving Report EcoBoost

This is how the new FORD MONDEO drives

It is hard to believe that the new Mondeo should be related to the US Ford Fusion. Ford has done it and screwed a pure chassis under the sheet metal for the Mondeo. The large station wagon bounces smoothly, does not swing, does not shake the steering wheel and always remains calm. Clean, direct and as if drawn on an imaginary string, the large Ford curve variants rush through in almost every combination. The elaborate chassis of the Mondeo (in the fourth generation, FORD has exchanged the sword-link rear axle for an elaborate integral link rear axle) pays off directly in terms of driving pleasure and maneuverability. While the dampers can also be upgraded to a version with variable damping force, the “normal” Mondeo with its “state-of-the-art” rear axle already offers a great compromise between driving dynamics and driving comfort.

Shhh!

Quiet like in the girls' boarding school after the “lights out”. NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) is what automotive experts call the audible and tangible package of noises, oscillations and vibrations in a car. Of course, when the car is stationary, you can hear the rumbling of the direct injection. This harsh combustion noise allows the gasoline engine to move closer to the diesel engine when the vehicle is stationary. Once in motion, the sound of the EcoBoost petrol engine is drowned out in the barely perceptible mix of running and wind noises. And the noise level is really extremely low. The Mondeo has taken another big step on this point!

Conclusion on the new Ford Mondeo tournament

It's been two long years that Ford has kept us waiting. But now the Mondeo convinces with a lavish equipment, good workmanship, a great chassis and modern engines. It is worth noting that the Ford Mondeo is the only one in its class to offer the second-row belt airbag for occupants.

The new Ford Mondeo tournament is available from € 28.150 - the driven Ford Mondeo 1.5 EcoBoost tournament in the recommended titanium equipment is available from € 31.150.

It pays to be quick: Ford currently has “special prices” - and then € 31.150 will turn into a small € 27.490! 

 

Photos in the article: Bjoern Habegger
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