Ford Mondeo Hybrid interior & comfort

The Ford Mondeo Hybrid has an upmarket feel, and is just as comfortable as the standard car

Its relatively soft ride allows the Mondeo Hybrid to be a little more comfortable than the standard car, provided you can put up with the additional noise at speed.

Inside, the general look and feel is upmarket – not quite to Volkswagen standards, but not far off. The controls are sensibly laid out and both the Titanium Edition and Vignale trims have a clear 10-inch digital screen that replaces the car’s analogue dials. They also packs Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment system as standard.

The seats are comfortable, and if you choose the more upmarket Vignale trim, they're covered in sumptuous quilted leather. You also get LED adaptive headlights, a hands-free tailgate, ambient lighting and a Sony infotainment system.

Out on the road, you're immediately struck by how quiet the Mondeo is inside and this suits how the car drives. It's not as engaging as the old model, but it’s more relaxing to drive.

Ford Mondeo Hybrid dashboard

One of the more impressive things about the Mondeo Hybrid is that it has a 10-inch digital screen that replaces the car’s analogue dials. Not only does it look classy, it incorporates a ‘SmartGauge’, unique to the Hybrid. The more economically you drive, the more green leaves ‘grow’ on the display. Beyond that, the most obvious feature is the standard eight-inch infotainment screen. Among other things, it's used to control Ford's SYNC 3 system.

Equipment, options and accessories

There are two versions of the Mondeo Hybrid and both have impressive levels of standard equipment. The Titanium Edition features Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, sports seats and the company’s clever Quickclear heated front windscreen. Vignale adds a styling kit, quilted leather seats, a powered tailgate, rear-view camera and adaptive LED headlights.

Infotainment, apps and sat nav

Like all versions of the latest Mondeo, the Hybrid has Ford’s SYNC 3 system. This includes voice recognition and can read text messages aloud, but for most of the time, it’s operated through an eight-inch touchscreen. This provides plenty of smartphone-style operation, such as ‘swiping’ and ‘pinching’, as well as the chance to customise the home page by arranging the applications.

As with many rival systems, the sat nav can be tricky to figure out at first, but generally works well once you get used to it.