Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid reliability & safety

Reliability should be good on the Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid; warranty coverage isn't great, but the safety rating is strong

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

3.5 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assistance
5 stars (2019)96%87%73%

The mass-produced Ford Mondeo has been around for several years now, so any early teething problems will long ago have been ironed out. There's lots of safety technology on offer, too, although this 2014-vintage Mondeo is no longer at the absolute cutting edge in that department.

Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid reliability & problems

Reduced sales of big family cars like this in recent years have made it harder to get concrete reliability data: an insufficient number of responses meant the Mondeo didn't feature in the latest 2020 edition of our sister title Auto Express' annual Driver Power customer survey.

Nonetheless, we don't have any major concerns about the Mondeo Hybrid's reliability in the long term. It's disappointing, however, that the warranty coverage stretches only to 60,000 miles or three years. With the likes of Toyota and Hyundai offering five years, and Kia and MG going as far as seven, Ford's guarantee can't help but look a bit miserly in comparison. You can extend it for additional years at extra cost, though.

Safety

The Mondeo was awarded five stars for crash safety by the independent experts at Euro NCAP in 2014 and retained that rating when it was re-tested in 2019. Its individual scores in that more recent test were strong, too, particularly a 96% rating for adult occupation protection.

You get a decent suite of safety kit with the Mondeo, including front and rear parking sensors, the 'eCall' system (which can contact the emergency services at the press of a button in the event of a collision), automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance, automatic headlights and ISOFIX child-seat anchor points.

A 'Premium Driver's Assistance Pack' is optional on the Titanium Edition and ST-Line Edition; it adds active parking assistance, a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control. Vignale has its own 'Vignale Driver's Assistance Pack' option, which gives you stop-go functionality for the cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alerts can be added to any model in the range as a separate option.

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