Ford Mondeo Hybrid interior & comfort
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid has an upmarket feel, and is just as comfortable as the standard car
A relatively soft ride allows the Ford Mondeo Hybrid to be a little more comfortable than the petrol and diesel versions, 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 there's a clear 10-inch digital screen in place of the usual analogue dials. The Mondeo 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
Updated for 2019, the Mondeo Hybrid's dashboard looks classy, with at least an eight-inch touchscreen for the SYNC 3 infotainment system and twin 4.2-inch TFT screens among the dials, incorporating a ‘SmartGauge’. The more economically you drive, the more green leaves ‘grow’ on this display.
Equipment, options and accessories
There are four versions of the Mondeo Hybrid and alll have impressive levels of standard equipment. Entry-level Zetec Edition gets 17-inch alloys, front foglamps, LED daytime running lights and tail-lights, chrome trim, power-folding mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, cruise control, automatic emergency braking and a leather steering wheel.
Titanium Edition ups the wheel size to 18 inches and adds rain-sensing wipers, 10-way power-adjustable leather seats, multi-coloured ambient lighting and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The ST-Line Edition boasts sporty looks, with 19-inch alloy wheels, a bodykit, rear privacy glass, partial-leather sports seats, ST-Line logos inside and sports-tuned suspension.
Range-topping Vignale cars are more luxurious than sporty, featuring a different design of 19-inch alloy, unique exterior styling touches, premium leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera, a premium Sony stereo and active noise control to make things quieter inside.
Infotainment, apps and sat nav
Like all versions of the latest Mondeo, the Hybrid has Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Ford Mondeo Hybrid has been overtaken by more up-to-date rivals and will really only appeal to company-car users
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Ford Mondeo Hybrid's economy and emissions are nothing special, but it does make some sense as a company car
- 3Running costsThe Ford Mondeo Hybrid makes most sense as a company car
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Ford Mondeo is quiet at low speeds but noisy on motorways
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Ford Mondeo Hybrid has an upmarket feel, and is just as comfortable as the standard car
- 6Practicality & boot spaceGood interior space for passengers, but the Ford Mondeo Hybrid's saloon body has some drawbacks
- 7Reliability & safetySafety is excellent, but reliability of the Ford Mondeo Hybrid is unproven