Ford Mondeo Hybrid reliability & safety

Safety is excellent, but reliability of the Ford Mondeo Hybrid is unproven

This is Ford’s first hybrid to be sold in the UK, and it has only sold in small numbers, so it’s hard to know just how reliable the Mondeo Hybrid is. However, there are no concerns over its safety: not only are plenty of safety features fitted as standard, the car scored a maximum five-star rating when it was crash-tested.

Ford Mondeo hybrid reliability & problems

Such a small number of Mondeo Hybrids are sold in the UK each year that we can’t be sure just how reliable the hybrid system is. But, we do know that the standard Mondeo hasn’t proved to be particularly robust. Although the car wasn’t included in our 2018 Driver Power owner survey, the standard Mondeo was rated poorly in 2017. According to the report, 12.7% of owners who responded said they’d had at least one problem – chiefly engine and electrical faults.

Safety

Things are better when you look at safety, as the Mondeo scored the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing. It also helps that the Hybrid only comes in the higher trim levels; this means it gets as much standard safety equipment as the Mondeo can come with.

That includes autonomous emergency braking, a lane-keeping assistance system and traffic-sign recognition, as well as a full roster of airbags and the mandatory anti-lock brakes and traction-control. Inflatable rear seat belts are an innovation that's available on the options list, but if you want to add adaptive cruise control or blind-spot monitoring, they’re pricey options: £450 and £500, respectively.