Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid engines, drive & performance
The Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid is a reasonably comfortable cruiser, but the CVT gearbox is frustrating
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The 2019 update to the Mondeo Hybrid was fairly minor, but Ford did make some improvements to the car's drivetrain, aiming for a smoother driving experience than before. It is better than it was, particularly under braking and when transitioning from petrol to electric power and back again, but under acceleration still has a tendency to be hesitant and jerky.
Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid engine, 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Claimed performance figures are 9.2 seconds to go from 0-62mph and a top speed of 116mph. The Mondeo Estate Hybrid's on-paper power output of 185bhp seems hefty enough, but it's a fairly weighty car and doesn't feel all that rapid in the real world.
The CVT gearbox is the main culprit here; it's not as good as more up-to-date efforts at the same technology from Toyota and Lexus. As mentioned above, the Mondeo brakes smoothly and transitions from electric to petrol power and back almost imperceptibly, but the issues arise when you ask for a burst of acceleration.
Doing so exposes the limitations of the car's transmission: there's little response if you brush the accelerator lightly, and even pressing it hard to the floor results only in a lot of noise from the four-cylinder engine and a disappointingly sluggish surge of power. Once up to speed, though, the Mondeo is at least a decent motorway cruiser.
The hybrid Mondeo Estate is heavier than the petrol-engined versions but a little lighter than the diesels. In contrast to their predecessors, no version of the current Mondeo boasts what could be called class-leading handling. The car is composed and capable in corners, but does little to excite or engage the driver.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Ford Mondeo Hybrid is a better all-rounder in more practical estate form, but it's still a compromised choice
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsYou need to choose you Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid with 17-inch alloy wheels to maximise company-car tax savings
- 3Running costsThe Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid is more efficient on paper than the petrol version, but diesel still wins for long-distance driving
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingThe Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid is a reasonably comfortable cruiser, but the CVT gearbox is frustrating
- 5Interior & comfortThe Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid has reasonable interior quality and plenty of standard kit, but lacks flair
- 6Practicality & boot spaceFord Mondeo Estate Hybrid buyers pay a big penalty in luggage capacity compared to a petrol or diesel versions
- 7Reliability & safetyReliability should be good on the Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid; warranty coverage isn't great, but the safety rating is strong