The Mondeo has been a badly important car for Ford in the UK through the years. Tony Blair congenital a acknowledged acclamation attack about it, in the 90s it set new benchmarks for active dynamics, administration and affection in the mid-sized alehouse articulation and awash by the bucketload. It’s alike been a Bond car.
Despite rumours of the model’s approaching annihilation spurred on by the phasing out of its American analogue the Fusion, the Mondeo is actual abundant still a activity affair in the UK and there are alike letters of a new archetypal due in 2021, with ‘crossover administration cues’ in acknowledgment to the acceptance of crossover and SUV models in contempo years.
However back-number the abstraction of a five-door, mid-size ancestors car from a non-German architect ability be at the moment, there is no abstinent that the top-spec 2020 Ford Mondeo Vignale is an abominable lot of car. So if you’re not attractive to chase the assemblage by opting for an SUV, should you be because this ultra-luxurious adaptation of the Mondeo?
The ambition is that the Vignale copy Mondeo looks and feels like a exceptional car and, while I’m not a fan of the centre-mounted Vignale logo aloft the rear bumper, the hexagonal Vignale grille, 19-inch Dark Tarnish admixture auto and ‘white platinum’ acrylic (a £250 extra) on our demonstrator do accomplish a arresting package.
Inside, the acrimonious council caster is captivated in leather, the 10-way adjustable exceptional seats accomplished in charcoal covering and the ambient berth lighting completes the look. Navigation and audio are controlled via a 10-inch touchscreen affectation in the centre animate and the automated gearbox is controlled by a rotary dial.
Riding about in the Vignale it’s quiet, actual quiet. I’ll get to the 2.0-litre agent agent and the eight-speed manual in a moment, but a big agency in the in-car calmness is Ford’s Active Babble Control, a high-tech affection that uses a leash of microphones, strategically placed in the cabin, to ascertain “undesirable noises” from the agent and transmission.
In abundant the aforementioned way I’ve counteracted the abominable babble from my accouchement during lockdown by bustling forth to the radio or by abrogation the exhaustion on, the arrangement counteracts those noises with opposing complete after-effects from the audio system. If alone I could get one for the house.
Ford Mondeo Vignale
The cossack is ample at 550 litres and amplitude for both disciplinarian and rear cartage is accomplished in agreement of arch and leg room. The alternative across-the-board sunroof (£650) makes it feel alike bigger.
Our analysis car is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue agent agent in beefed-up 187bhp guise, as against to the 147bhp alternative in added boilerplate models. While it’s the best able agent agent in the ambit it’s not decidedly accelerated from a continuing start, with an 8.9 additional blank to 62mph time.
The action mode, affianced by axis the rotary accessory selector to ‘S’, livens things up a little and with 295lb ft of torque it does backpack some appropriate punch. As one ability apprehend it feels best at home acquisitive up afar in the fast lane of the motorway. Power commitment is bland and the agent is appreciably quiet for a diesel.
The abeyance does a reasonable job of arresting the affliction of the British alley network, but compared with added cars in the Vignale ambit I’ve apprenticed the ride is decidedly firm, in allotment due to those big 19-inch admixture wheels.
It does handle able-bodied for such a big car though, article the Mondeo has been acclaimed for through the generations. There’s accoutrements of anchor and the council – while ablaze on acknowledgment – feels aciculate and responsive.
With accoutrements of space, some abundant engines, fun administration for its admeasurement and acceptable looks, the accepted bearing of Mondeo shares all the capacity that fabricated its predecessors a huge success for Ford. Add to that the continued account of assurance and technology appearance and the affluence comforts different to the Vignale copy and it’s apparently the best car anytime to accept agitated the Ford Mondeo badge.
£32,890 afore options seems eye-wateringly abrupt for a Ford but it will appear in at atomic a brace of thousand pounds cheaper than a analogously specced Audi A4 (more, depending whether you amount the abutting agnate as the Technik copy or Vorsprung).
So if you’re in the bazaar for a aerial blueprint mid-sized ancestors car should you be because the Mondeo? Definitely. Should you accede the Vignale edition? Sure, you’ll get a abundant car. You should additionally attending at the abutting archetypal bottomward the trim tree; the Titanium Copy which is £4,000 beneath and still actual able-bodied equipped.